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The History of the Mistletoe

Ever wonder why we have to kiss the person next to us while we stand under some mistletoe? As Paul Harvey would say, here is the rest of the story. Mistletoe has a really fascinating history and it dates back to 200 years BC. After you read this, you will really appreciate the kiss you give or receive from someone under mistletoe.

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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.This is kind of like garlic 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.


Have you ever been kissed underneath the mistletoe? Did you fall madly in love with that person or was it just a drunken thing that happened at the office Christmas party? I think mistletoe adds to the romance of the holiday season. After all it is supposed to be a time of true love and peace on Earth.

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