2018 Classic Hat March — No. 9

Hey there, ho there. And a ho ho ho! But it’s March right? So what’s up with the ho ho ho?

Let’s get to the next hat up as voted by you in the Hattingdon Classic Hat Top 20 Countdown and you will see. You can probably see already, ha ha.

It’s another holiday hat, and another Christmas hat. Here’s me modeling it.

No. 9

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Merry. Created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell for Hattingdon®.
Merry. Created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell for Hattingdon®.

Isn’t this a smashing hat? I do believe it is the most popular Christmas hat overall. The Clara dedign may be giving it a run for its money. Saying that, they may both be overtaken eventually by my cousin Marcus in his Noel Christmas beret. Maybe we’ll do a Christmas countdown nearer the time.

Anyway we have blogged already about holly and ivy but listen to this.

The Conversation website, I recently discovered (not Mrs Farrell) has some interesting things to say about Holly et al. Sorry but had to include the loo brush part LMHO (laugh my hat off):

Every year, almost without thinking about it, we incorporate certain plant species into out Christmas celebrations. The most obvious is the Christmas tree, linked historically in England to Prince Albert – but its use in British homes goes back to at least 1761 when Charlotte wife of George III put up a tree at the royal court.

(It’s probably worth noting here that the first artificial-brush Christmas tree was produced using the same machinery that was originally designed to produce toilet brushes.)

Three other plants are intimately associated with Christmas: holly, ivy and mistletoe – and in all cases their ecology is closely linked to their cultural uses.

Holly, like ivy and mistletoe, is a winter green and the bringing of green vegetation into the home is closely linked to rebirth both of spring and of Christ. It is the holly that most closely bears the crown – its spiny leaves and red berries link to Jesus’ crown of thorns. But such a link does not explain why holly is linked to Christmas rather than Easter.

Holly was an important element in deer parks and old hunting estates – and the name holly still survives in modern place names such as Hollins, Holm Hodder, Hollyoaks and Hollywood – and were important for winter food. In the New Forest, in southern England, holly is still cut down as browse for the ponies.

The spiny dense canopy of holly also meant that it was useful as protection. It was sometimes planted next to saplings of valuable tree species to provide some protection from grazing animals and it is not unusual to see holly growing next to oaks and other trees, either from deliberate planting or a result of seeds being deposited by birds roosting on the branches above.

Holly has also been thought to protect the home – the holly you put around the door acting as flypaper for fairies, trapping any evil spirits who try to enter. Read more »

I can tell you right now. Horse or no horse, cartoon or no cartoon, I am not eating holly so don’t expect me to “browse” it or anything like it. I have a very delicate mouth!

Now that’s settled, hope you are having a super good time with the classic hat countdown.

I think I am doing a super job with this blogging lark don’t you? Maybe even better than Mum, I mean Mrs Farrell. It’s supposed to be a punishment you know, me blogging this countdown because I snuck in and peeked at all the results especially the winner while the humans were gorging themselves on the carrot and sweet potato cupcakes I stole from Mrs Farrell’s kitchen and put out in the workroom. Ha ha ha, snort!

Even though there are a bunch of you stopping by — which I loooooooove — you aren’t liking or commenting much. Don’t you like me? Don’t you like my blogging? That’s okay if you don’t. I’m only a little cartoon horse. Sniff.

Back soon with No. 8. Are any of your favourites still missing? That means they have either ranked higher up on the list or not at all. Uh oh.

See you again soon… I hope. Hey. Is it okay to “like” myself?


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