Traditionally the holly tree is a symbol of peace and goodwill. Due to its resistance to lightning, it is associated with the Celtic and Norse gods of thunder, Taranis and Thor, and so was planted near dwellings to protect people from lightning strikes. The shape of House Holly's crest is modeled on the shape of the tree's leaf, giving the crest its unique shape. To emphasize the tree's association with thunder and lightning, House Holly's primary color is yellow and the crest possesses Thor's hammer. Lastly, the Marianist candle represents the warmth, light and special ambience that can be brought into any situation. This important Marianist symbol can help to bring comfort to our lives in times of sadness or tragedy.