The version of the Holly and the Ivy
carol that we are familiar with
today was first published by Cecil
Sharp. The Holly and the Ivy is said
to have Pagan origins and may
therefore date back over 1000 years.
It is most unusual for a carol like
the Holly and the Ivy to have
survived over the years especially
during the stern protestant period
of the 17th century.
The Holly and
the Ivy have always been taken
indoors during the winter the hope
being that the occupants would
survive difficult conditions just
like the hardy Holly and the Ivy.
The colours of the Holly and Ivy,
green and red are traditionally
associated with Christmas. The
author and composer of the Holly and
the Ivy remain unknown.