Have you read the story of the Oak & Holly Kings? They battle on the solstices and alternate rule. On the winter solstice, the Oak King will prevail, heralding the return of light and warmth. I love this myth.
No I hadn't - but I have now, well I looked it up after seeing your post. Apparently the "Holly King" is also the same as the "Green Man" - a figure that I have heard about before. In the UK there are many pubs called "The Green Man".
Very cool. I was under the impression that it was the Oak King who is the Green Man but I could be mistaken. Since in some myths the Oak & Holly Kings are two aspects of a single person, I suppose it doesn't matter anyway.