Have you ever found yourself under a mistletoe and wondered what it is and how did we came to practice this strange holiday tradition that involves kissing?
Washington Irving’s words in the 1800s describes it best by saying, “young men have the privilege of kissing the girls under [mistletoe], plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases.”
But, why the mistletoe? Is it just another clever way for boys to steal kisses from their crushes? What does it have to do with Christmas? Let’s take a moment to step back and try to understand the mystery of the mistletoe – what is it, where did it come from, and how it came to be a holiday tradition today.