Everybody has heard of mistletoe. Particularly at Christmas season. It is a plant which regularly grows on other trees and shrubs. The white or red berries are rich in a sticky juice.
Mistletoe has lots traditions and legends surrounding it. The most popular legend is being kissed underneath it. It was believed that kissing under the mistletoe would lead to marriage.
In many parts of the UK. It was believed that the mistletoe was burned on the 12th night of Christmas It was said all of the Men and women who have kissed under it would never marry.
The ancient Druids believed that mistletoe could bring good health and much luck. The druids thought it would banish evil spirits. And they also though it would protect them from witchcraft.
Aside this the mistletoe has been used to treat some ailments. But be aware the berries are poisonous when eaten. And should not be touched by young children.
Mistletoe was known for peace in a time of war. In Scandinavian. It is said If any enemies saw each other by chance beneath mistletoe. They had to lay down there weapons and call a truce for that day.
There was also an old tradition that was believed. A good bunch of mistletoe was a very good sign for a good harvest the following Christmas.
Most people now place mistletoe above doorways. Or above the fire. Most people decorate their Christmas tree with mistletoe, some people decorate Christmas wreaths with mistletoe, to keep with the old traditions.
Christmas Mistletoe can go nice as a centre piece on the Christmas table. If you wish to keep to the classy traditions. A more iconic decorative seen. Is having decorative mistletoe on the Christmas log.
Within the Christian religion, Holly is seen as the crown of thorns, Jesus wore this crown when he was crucified, The berries is the blood droppings from where the thorns dug into him.
Many Part of Scandinavia They call it Christ Thorn. An old English tradition from the Midlands believed that whatever one was brought into the house first over winter, tells you whether the man or woman of the house would rule that year! But it was unlucky to bring either into a house before Christmas Eve.