You may be surprised to find out that the use of mistletoe at Christmas is not just an excuse for desperate men to get a cheeky kiss from the girl (or boy, depends which way you swing) that they’ve been lusting over for the past year. But there is in fact actually some tradition behind this seemingly innocent trick.
It was believed that kissing under the mistletoe would eventually lead to marriage, a bit forward but back in the day we didn’t hang about. So any victims of the mistletoe be careful who’s wandering about the place looking for a cheeky kiss, and a possible marriage. In ancient times the Druids believed that mistletoe would bring good luck and health. Although it has been used to treat some ailments, the berries are in fact poisonous and should not be touched by children.
Mistletoe has also been associated with fertility, a good crop being a sign that the following season’s harvest would be a good one. But not surprisingly the only part of this tradition we’ve taken with us the kiss, mankind never seems to surprise. Horny devils.
Kiron Phillips owns a Mistletoe farm, he is currently single.
Issue 11 will be out next week. Special Christmas Issue!