Mistletoe? I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
Already kissed under the mistletoe? There used to be rules for that. But mistletoe was also full of symbolism, even in the days of the druids and ancient Romans.
Well, have you ever been kissed under a mistletoe? This custom comes from England, although the English are usually known as rather reserved. The custom dates back to the end of the 18th century, and there were also some rules. According to these, a woman could not refuse to be kissed under a mistletoe. If she did, it brought her bad luck.
But mistletoe already had its very special meaning in pre-Christian times. For example, druids dressed in white climbed trees to cut off mistletoe with a golden sickle, because according to the belief of that time, mistletoe was effective against poisons. The Romans, however, associated mistletoe with peace and fertility and hung it over doorways.
Later, mistletoe was associated with Christmas and love in the Western world and became a popular decoration. Even today, some women still pucker their lips under mistletoe and longingly await a loving kiss ... but not necessarily from Santa Claus, as in the well-known Christmas Carol.
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