A Christmas dish shaped like a holly leaf with 3 red berries. The dish is made of painted ceramic with four feet to raise the dish up. This may have been used just for decorative purposes or to hold candy canes and other Christmas treats.
Holly is significant at Christmas as it is said to represent Jesus wearing a crown of thorns when he died on the cross. It is thought that using holly to decorate the house brings good luck along with ivy and mistletoe. Superstition says it is bad luck to decorate the house with them before Christmas Eve.
Candy canes have been popular at Christmas for over 350 years. Originally, they would have been just unflavoured straight sticks. It is believed that in1670 a choirmaster in Germany bent the stick to look like a shepherd’s hook. Children that attended the ceremonies in Cologne Cathedral were given them to keep them quiet during the services. Today there are many flavours but peppermint still remains the most popular red and white candy cane flavour.