"The Holly and the Ivy" is an English traditional Christmas carol. Holly and ivy have been a mainstay of English Christmas decoration for church use since at least the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when they were mentioned regularly in churchwardens’ accounts (Roud 2004). Holly and ivy also figure in the lyrics of the "Sans Day Carol". The music and most of the text was first published by Cecil Sharp. Sir Henry Walford Davies wrote a popular choral arrangement that is often performed at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and by choirs around the world." (Wikipedia)
Listen to the King's College Cambridge 2008 performance of the carol :
The holiday season is just around the corner and this week's workshops are devoted to creating decorations for the Christmas tree or home, as well as greeting cards to give to family or a special friend.