AZBW/WOT Dec. 2020

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Jim & Carol Allen
Standard / 8.25" x 10.75"
28 pages Saddle-stitched
Outdoors & Nature
On The Cover December 2020

On The Cover December 2020 We Wish You - A Happy Holiday Season

'Tis certainly the season, symbolized here by the colorful cardinal on a branch of Christmas holly. Some say that the cardinal has been christened the "Christmas Bird" for its spectacular red color. Legends proclaim that this red bird is the symbol of beauty and warmth of the holiday season. There are more stories about its history and symbolism, but in general, the Christmas Bird can bring cheer, hope and inspiration on a gray, wintery day.

Holly's association with Christmas dates all the way back to Roman times. Holly was the sacred plant of Saturn and the Romans used to send boughs of the bush to their friends along with gifts to mark the Saturnalia Festival. It is thought Christians adopted holly as a symbol of Christmas from this festival. In Christian symbolism, the prickly leaves represent the crown of thorns that Jesus wore when he was crucified. The berries are the drops of blood that were shed by Jesus because of the thorns.

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