Concerning Kissing at Christmastime

Dec 23, 2020 | 0 comments

According to Wikipedia:
Mistletoe is the common name for obligate hemiparasitic plants in the order Santalales. They are attached to their host tree or shrub by a structure called the haustorium, through which they extract water and nutrients from the host plant. Their parasitic lifestyle has led to some dramatic changes in their metabolism.

According to Willard Espy in Children’s Almanac of Words at Play:
Mistletoe: Kissing under the mistletoe is an old Christmas custom.  But oh, dear– the word mistletoe combines two words meaning “dung” and “twig,” and the mistletoe was first believed to spring from the droppings of birds.  It is something to bear in mind the next time you see somebody waiting, with puckered lips, to be kissed under the mistletoe.

According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica:
Mistletoe was once believed to have magic powers as well as medicinal properties. Later the custom developed in England (and, still later, in the United States) of kissing under the mistletoe, an action that once was believed to lead inevitably to marriage. Most mistletoes are evergreen and are easy to locate and harvest after their deciduous hosts have lost their leaves in late fall and winter; hence, the plants often are used as festive decorations at Christmastime, especially in the Northern Hemisphere.

According to me:  Sometimes even a little knowledge spoils a good thing.








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