Christ­mas

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Mistle­toe was be­lieved to be an aphro­disiac. Steal­ing kisses used to be just the be­gin­ning. The hol­i­day flora is an an­cient sym­bol of fer­til­ity and viril­ity — and the Druids be­lieved it was an ac­tual aphro­disiac. (So thank them at the next awk­ward hol­i­day func­tion.) And the name even has a funny mean­ing: The mis­tle thrush bird eats the berries, di­gests seeds, and the drop­pings even­tu­ally grow into new plants. So, the Ger­manic word for mistle­toe lit­er­ally means “dung on a twig.”

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