Fresh mistletoe is sometimes very hard to find but fear not as you can download this free mistletoe illustration image to play around with in your crafting projects. You can download it on a transparent background if you prefer.
So why do we kiss under the mistletoe? Misteltoe has long been a symbol of fertility but we can trace its use as far back as the Druids. The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe stems from Britain in the 18th century. A ball of mistletoe would be hung indoors. If a couple were caught standing under the mistletoe then they had to kiss each other. For each kiss a white berry would be removed. When all the berries were gone the mistletoe was said to have lost it power of love and luck and the kissing had to stop!
Think on, mistletoe literally means ‘dung twig’ as the Anglo Saxon words ‘mistel’ means “dung” and “tan” means twig. Kissing under the dung twig doesn’t seem as quite so romantic!
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