Well, actually it’s not precisely known why the pear tree was chosen for the song. Several scholars who have studied the 18th-century Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas, cite conflicting reasons. The top reason seems to be the popularity of the tree’s fruit in Europe. As for decking the halls with boughs of holly…“bough” is the old English word for the limb of a tree. It does sound smoother than singing “a branch of holly”.
Pear trees and holly have become standard holiday decorations, along with poinsettias and cut fir trees. We invite you to visit our oceans of poinsettias, wreaths, and locally-grown cut trees – everything you need to stoke your holiday spirit and deck your halls with festive adornments.
Please join us at Stockslagers Greenhouse and Garden Center on December 5 for our annual Christmas Open House. Our popular holiday centerpiece workshops are being held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Be sure to bring the children because there will be trains, family photo opportunities, and a magical fairy land. We are looking forward to enjoying holiday cookies and punch with you!