More Stories About Kissing Under the Mistletoe


Barbara Musser, sexy after cancer, cancer and intimacy, cancer and kissing, cancer and the holidays, breast cancer

From the earliest times mistletoe has been one of the most magical, mysterious and sacred plants of European folklore. It was believed to bestow life and fertility; protect against poison; and be an aphrodisiac. The mistletoe of the sacred oak tree was used in ancient Celtic Druid rituals. On the sixth night of the moon, white-robed Druid priests would cut the oak mistletoe with a golden sickle. Two white bulls would be sacrificed amid prayers that the recipients of the mistletoe would prosper.

Mistletoe was long considered as both a sexual symbol and the “soul” of the oak tree. It was gathered at both summer and winter solstices, and this may be the beginning of the custom of using mistletoe to decorate homes at Christmas time.

The Greeks also thought mistletoe had mystical powers ~ in the Middle Ages and later, mistletoe was hung from ceilings to ward off evil spirits. In Europe, mistletoe branches were placed over house and stable doors to prevent the entrance of witches.

Kissing under the mistletoe is first associated with the Greek festival of Saturnalia and later with primitive marriage rites. In the eighteenth century, the English used the magical appeal of mistletoe in a kissing ball made of it. At Christmas time, a young lady standing under a ball of mistletoe and greens cannot refuse to be kissed. This kiss could mean deep romance of lasting friendship and good will.

Even though pagan significance may be forgotten, the custom of exchanging a kiss under the mistletoe is still practiced in many European countries as well as Canada and the United States. If a couple in love exchanges a kiss under the mistletoe, it is interpreted as a promise to marry as well as a prediction for happiness.

This is one myth about this time of year that is worth perpetuating, especially with all the commercialism of the season. Try making a kissing ball with some mistletoe, greens and ribbons, and hang it in a prominent place in your house. Let people know the ritual when they come into your home ~ that whoever stands under the mistletoe will be kissed and wished friendship, good will and love, along with all the blessings of the season. No matter what your spiritual beliefs are, this ritual can be a magical symbol of love and kindness. Wishing you and your loved ones all the blessings and miracles of this end of year season!

© 2013 by Barbara Musser, Sexy After Cancer.
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