I don’t have a mistletoe, but I like the idea of one. My Mum used to hang one at Christmas every year, and our entire family had to kiss each other under it at least once. My sister’s and I though it was hilarious. Here is the adorable mistletoe like decoration at my sister’s house.
When I was reading a little about mistletoe, I found out that there are many different types. One of the common varieties is Phoradendron. This red mistletoe is tranditional in North America.
Another variety, the white Viscum Album, is used in Europe.
According to Wikipedia, in the “ancient Christmas custom, a man and a woman who meet under a hanging of mistletoe were obliged to kiss. The custom may be of Scandinavian origin. It was described in 1820 by American author Washington Irving in his “The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon“:
“The mistletoe is still hung up in farm-houses and kitchens at Christmas, and the young men have the privilege of kissing the girls under it, plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases.”
One of the things I like about mistletoe, is the colours of green and red. Not only are they Christmassy, they also bring an attitude a richness and boldness — of celebration I guess you could say — to the house. I was inspired by this and decided to make a mistletoe inspired feature to hang across the door frame. While I was out on a Sunday walk, I collected some mini pine cones and pine tree leaves. I attached three pine leaves together with red ribbon and used an open paperclip to act as a hanging tool.
Once I had enough bunches, I hung them on a piece of string attached along the door frame. It was such a simple thing to do but it gave me a lot of joy. The only tricky part is hanging it above the door; removable stick on hooks work well.
Do you hang a mistletoe at Christmas time?
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