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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Magic of Kissing Under the Mistletoe


The Plant
Botanically speaking, the mistletoe is a partial parasitic plant that grows on the branches or trunk of a tree. Its roots penetrate into the tree to absorb its nutrients. Although the mistletoe can produce its own food by photosynthesis and hence is capable of surviving on its own, it usually grows as a parasite.

A Christmas Decoration
Mistletoes are used as a traditional Christmas Decoration.

Mystic and Magic of the Mistletoe
According to ancient European folklore and tradition, the mistletoe was considered to bestow life and fertility, a protection against poison, used to ward off evil spirits and also as an aphrodisiac.

Kissing Under the Mistletoe

"According to Christmas custom, any two people who meet under a hanging of mistletoe are obliged to kiss." Source: Wikipedia here. Oh my!!!

In my world, I get to see mistletoes as a Christmas decoration during the festive season. I have also seen movies and heard stories about the magic of kissing under the mistletoe. The following questions will always come to my mind:
  1. Do people still believe in the magic of kissing under the mistletoe?
  2. Is it a hope that the couple who kissed under the mistletoe will eventually marry and live happily ever after?
  3. Is it just a fun game in Christmas and New Year parties where the guys get to kiss the gals?

Below is a video on how to make a mistletoe.





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11 comments:

  1. Fun, colorful post for the day and a great look at your "holiday" world! Terrific, colorful capture! Hope you have a wonderful week!

    Sylvia

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  2. Thanks for sharing the fact of mistletoe!^-^ It's interesting!

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  3. Haha :) So, you popped over to 1U. I went there last Saturday and it was super crazy with the parking! Everywhere is packed and I wondered...so many people with so much money buying everything. The decor was indeed nice though..and they fooled with a fake skating rink :(

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  4. Looks like some beautiful Christmas decorations! Did you get to try out the mistletoe?

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  5. Yes, I only see that in movies. It never happens in real life though! Not in my world at least!

    Merry Christmas.

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  6. Beautiful My World Tuesday posting

    Merry Christmas and have a nice week,
    Greetings, Bram

    Link to My Word Tuesday post!

    Seen on My World Tuesday

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  7. such colorful Christmas decorations! i will definitely kiss Rudolf (the red-nosed reindeer) if i meet him under the mistletoe!:p

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  8. Mistletoe is a big problem where I live, killing many trees, because (as you said) it's a parasite. But it is fun in the holidays!

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