The Holly and
Note: this song, in its Christianized form, was sung at the Lexington Unitarian Universalist Church in December 1999. The following comments were printed on the songsheet: "In early times, when reference was made in song or verse to 'holly' or 'ivy,' the meaning was symbolic: holly stood for the male, ivy for the female." This commentary, plus the reference to the Sun and deer, made it clear to me that the song should be Re-Heathenized as a Frey and Freya song appropriate for the Winter Solstice. Please see my article on the Rune Elhaz linked from "Rune-of-the-Month Club" on my main page for more information. If anyone knows of other verses, please e-mail them to me. Those interested in publishing or recording it, please contact me. Thanks!
Further notes: Njordh is the father of Frey and Freya, both of whom ride a golden boar. The line replaced in the Re-Heathenization process was the last one, which in the Christian version went: "The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir." Personally, while I have nothing against organs and choirs; I'd much prefer the "Lord" and "Lady" (the meanings of "Frey" and "Freya") and the Boar's Head!
last modified 07/22/2003