Evergreen plants were seen as symbolic and powerful because they keep their leaves and strength long after other trees have lost theirs. Also, they smell good so bringing them into the home and laying the on the floor not only provided fresh bedding in winter but gave the home a fresh scent - which, when you perhaps had animals in at night and several members of the household who rarely washed, could have been a real blessing.

Fruits and berries held mystical meanings because they could be used for food in some cases and in others induced a state of euphoria or forgetfulness, which made the dark, cold days easier to bear.

Herbs became valuable for their medicinal and culinary benefits and pagan priests with a good knowledge of plants could hold tremendous sway because of their knowledge of how to harm or heal.

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