Have you ever wondered why Holly is so important in Yuletide celebrations? It started many centuries ago, deep in the roots of Pagan tradition. The beautiful boughs, evergreen in many regions, are sacred to the Holly King, who reigns over the dark months after having defeated the Oak King in battle. Additionally, during the grey, dreary days of winter, Holly is a cheerful reminder of greener days ahead.
Here is some information courtesy of www.thegoddesstree.com: "Although considered a plant of masculine energy, red Holly berries symbolize the life-giving blood of the Mother Goddess. Holly's herbal qualities calm an emotional mind and body. It can protect us from anything that is not unconditional love.
It helps those troubled with suspicion, hatred, jealousy, and revenge by opening the heart. The Greenman essence of Holly can help with any negative emotions because it possesses a "power of peace."
Magickal properties: A "par excellence" protective herb, it protects against lightning, poison, and evil spirits. Holly is considered the male counterpart to the female Ivy. Even though Holly's Yule festival greens are traditionally burned at Imbolc, a small sprig is kept for luck and to keep evil away throughout the year."