Kissing Under the Mistletoe
It’s Day Three of the BWA Reindeer Games.
Mistletoe has long had a romantic association since ancient Greeks, Scandinavians and even the CelticDruids who believed that “mistletoe, taken in drink, will impart fecundity to all animals that are barren.”
Around the 18th & 19th century British Christmas decorations started including mistletoe and the smooching tradition got a little heated, “… to the imminent peril of all the pretty housemaids,” according to author Washington Irving in “Christmas Eve” and even hotter in Charles Dicken’s The Pickwick Papers, where young women “screamed and struggled, and ran into corners, and did everything but leave the room, until … they all at once found it useless to resist any longer and submitted to be kissed with a good grace.”
Q: Besides inducing Christmas kisses, what is the other special power of the little white mistletoe berry?
Hint: Kissing under the mistletoe is tradition, eating it is not.
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