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:
- Do people still believe in the magic of kissing under the mistletoe?
- Is it a hope that the couple who kissed under the mistletoe will eventually marry and live happily ever after?
- 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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