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Songs of the Season: The Holly and the Ivy

Holly and ivy have been used as Christmas decoration since at least the 15th century. The appeal is obvious—like the Christmas tree, they are a way of bringing some green into the home, into the celebration, representing what has been buried under the snow and darkness of winter. As with the lights, the gifts, the presents, the communities, they stand for the hope of an end of winter and a return of the living world.

King’s College Choir, “The Holly and the Ivy” – from O Come All Ye Faithful

And here’s a “country style” version from Gene Mumford For more…

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.

 

What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.

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