"While she remained, a bush of low rambling holly protected her, and they were moving on."

 

Holly Tree
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeHolly Tree - Credit: Jurgen Howaldt

Holly, an evergreen with dark green leaves and brilliant red berries, is a familiar decorative element at Christmas. An ancient symbol associated with the sacred in pagan beliefs and rituals, it is said to ward off evil and was believed to represent or provide protection.