Symbol of rebirth, life, eternity, friendship, family
Ivy is a plant that survives the death of its host plant. It is a symbol of rebirth because of this. Pagans used ivy to make wreaths for Yule. The masculine was represented by the ivy, while the female was represented by the holly. Wreaths ornamented with both were thought to represent life. Ivy also represents eternity because it does not turn brown in the winter.
Ivy was also associated with marriage and was frequently worn as a crown during the Yule festival. With the help of an ivy crown, the Celts were able to calm their brains.
Ivy is often utilized in wreaths and decorations to honor friendship and family in modern times.