Under the Mistletoe

Mistletoe is a parasitic plant; it is dependent on another plant for survival. The scientific name for mistletoe, Phoradendron, is Greek for “thief of the tree," as it sucks out the nutrients and water.

The romantic Christmas tradition of kissing under the mistletoe, hung from a ceiling or doorway, dates back to ancient Norse mythology. According to the legend, Baldur, was killed by an enemy's arrow made of mistletoe. His mother, the goddess Frigg, wept tears onto the arrow, turning them into white berries. She placed it on Baldur's wound, bringing him back to life and promised a kiss to all who passed beneath it.

By the 18th century, stealing a kiss beneath the mistletoe became common. According to the tradition, it is bad luck to refuse a kiss beneath the mistletoe. After the kiss, the couple is to pluck one of the berries from the plant. Once all the berries are gone, the bough no longer has the power to command kisses. So if you hang a bough of mistletoe this year, make sure it has plenty of berries on it!

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