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The History of the Mistletoe

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Ever wonder why we have to kiss the person next to us while we stand under some mistletoe? Well, mistletoe has a really cool history and it dates back to 200 years BC. After you read this, you will really appreciate the kiss you give/receive from someone under mistletoe.

Mistletoe has always been the “winter plant” because it stays green during the chilly months. The ancient Celtics believed mistletoe had magic healing powers and used it to ward off evil spirits… kind of like an onion with vampires. Furthermore, the plant has always been a symbol of peace, and the ancient Romans believed when enemies would meet under mistletoe, they would lay down their swords and forgive one another. The Scandinavians associated mistletoe with the goddess of love, Frigga, and it was said that those who kissed under the plant were promised good luck and a happy love life.

There you have it, folks! I personally have never kissed or been kissed by anyone under mistletoe, but I think it would be pretty cool! Merry Christmas!

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