Mistletoe . . . . . . the Indians believed it cured toothaches and dog bites.
Mistletoe . . . . . . the Druids believed it could perform miracles.
Mistletoe . . . . . . the Greeks believed it had the power of bestowing fertility.
This is my mistletoe hanging in the front hallway. It is plastic, old, and the berries are yellowing. That is because this mistletoe hung in my parents' hallway for 42 years . . . . . every day for 42 years . . . . . . year-round mistletoe . . . . . . an opportunity for my Dad to give a smooch on the cheek to any woman who came in the house and stood under the mistletoe!
It was with much sadness and tears when I removed that mistletoe this past spring. Ted and I kissed one final time under it before it was cut down.
And now it hangs in my hallway . . . . . . only for the holidays. I want the joy of taking it out of the Christmas box each year, and remembering my silly Dad standing there waiting for someone to kiss him, and my Mom rolling her eyes.
Do you have mistletoe hanging in your house? Remember, the custom is to pluck a berry every time a kiss is stolen beneath the kissing bough. Once the berries are gone, the kissing is over! I guess that is why my Dad used the plastic kind!
And also remember that real mistletoe, poinsettias, holly, amaryllis, Christmas cactus, and potpourri are all poisonous if eaten - so keep them away from young children and pets!
Kiss, Kiss ~