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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 20th November, 2022)

Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly


Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly
Holly tree in Wigan Park.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Anne on 20th November 2022 at 07:50

Never noticed this chimney was so ornate. Looking on google it is much more ornate lower down.
Thanks Dennis.

Comment by: Veronica on 20th November 2022 at 08:10

I am envious of those red berries on the Holly..
They come in nicely for decoration in the house. Sadly my Holly is bereft this year…too much pruning I fear!

Comment by: irene roberts on 20th November 2022 at 09:56

I like holly and it is a pleasure to see it in a park as it is there naturally, but oh! how fed up I am of the Christmas adverts that have been on the telly since September! And some people have had Christmas decorations around their front doors and windows since mid-November. There are twelve days of Christmas and none of them are in November. Bah Humbug!

Comment by: Rev David Long on 20th November 2022 at 12:20

Our holly is always laden with berries as November begins - but they are soon gobbled up by the blackbirds.
Irene - the 12 Days of Christmas come after Christmas Day.... but folk start taking down their decorations after Boxing Day.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 20th November 2022 at 12:43

Irene I also like holly and it is a pleasure to see it in a park, but that's were it should stay, theirs need to cut it down and bring it inside ones home.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 20th November 2022 at 13:15

Irene, might as well add my pennyworth of Bah Humbug re TV adverts. We are told many people are having a hard time with food bills, electric & gas bills....the list is endless. Yet every night we see supermarket tv adverts of tables groaning with food, expensive presents being chucked about etc etc.
Christmas has been vandalised , commercialised, & every other 'lised' that you can think of......

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 20th November 2022 at 13:16

PS....Dennis I like your photo !!

Comment by: irene roberts on 20th November 2022 at 14:06

Rev, David, thankyou for that information.. I had always thought the twelve days of Christmas were the six days leading up to Christmas Day and the days following, and am happy to stand corrected on that. I am perfectly happy to see decorations during December and I do have a Christmas Tree, which is full of original 1950s/1960s baubles, with old-fashioned toys displayed around its base, and it stands in my living room from the middle of December until New Year's Day.. However, for some people Christmas seems to start on August Bank Holiday these days and that's what drives me potty! I agree with Helen about Dennis's photo....his photos are always good and he is used to me going off at a tangent! Talking of going off the subject, Helen....I watched four-in-a-bed on telly yesterday and one of the guest houses was in Sherringham and I thought of you. The contestants were taken into the town and onto the railway and it looks a lovely place.

Comment by: Edna on 20th November 2022 at 14:08

Nice photo Dennis, I've got this in my garden.Blackbirds raiding it!!

Comment by: Cyril on 20th November 2022 at 14:32

That's a beautiful variegated Holly with plenty of fruity berries for birds to eat. Those shrubs hide the once grand building behind which sadly is being left to rot, a great pity and would be a loss for Wigan as the patterned brickwork is wonderful and possibly a unique design.

Comment by: Veronica on 20th November 2022 at 15:06

I would rather have a few branches of real Holly and Ivy in a garland as opposed to artificial Holly and Ivy. You may as well say ‘real flowers’ shouldn’t be brought into the house!
I never put my Christmas Tree up until the second or third week of December. It comes down on the 1st January and no later… Christmas in this country comes far too early, it shouldn’t even be thought of until after Remembrance Sunday IMO. I make allowances for the Nativity crib that comes down on the 1st December. In fact I don’t think a lot of people celebrate the true meaning of Christmas… sadly. Dennis you have started something here…hohohoho!

Comment by: Veronica on 20th November 2022 at 15:09

That’s how I worked it out Irene and I take the crib down after the 6th after the 3 Kings have made their way home over the Desert sands.

Comment by: Syd Smith on 20th November 2022 at 18:51

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree


On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree


On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
11 Pipers Piping
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming
11 Pipers Piping
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Comment by: Mrs Doyle on 21st November 2022 at 18:00

This is a far better and comical version as told by (Frank Kelly) Father Jack.

https://youtu.be/oJoXCwkPVi8

Comment by: Cyril on 21st November 2022 at 21:59

Irene and Veronica, you're missing out on a Little Christmas.
So keep your halls decked with holly.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-news/what-little-christmas-and-why-do-some-highlanders-celebrate-it-2510245

or just an excuse to have another good swig from the quaich.

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