Thursday 8th December 2022

Now that it is officially winter (since 1st December and the weather certainly agrees) we turned our thoughts to the shortest day on 21st December and traditions that are even older than Christianity. We learnt that Solstice means that the sun stands still and that our ancestors marked this day by bringing in evergreen leaves in the hope of fertility in the following Spring. Two of those native evergreens, Holly and ivy are still used to decorate homes at Christmas today. We used those native evergreens that grow in our school to decorate our tea light holders made of upcycled tuna tins. They can be reused as bird feeders after the holidays in our revamped nature areas. We even sang The Holly and the Ivy while we made them. More information about winter, Holly and ivy can be found on our information board.