Aisle meet you un­der the mistle­toe in Mor­risons

Su­per­mar­ket en­cour­ages ro­mance over Christ­mas

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A Cam­bus­lang su­per­mar­ket en­cour­aged a spot of fes­tive ro­mance just be­fore Christ­mas.

Mor­risons on Bridge Street handed out free mistle­toe to shop­pers in the lead- up to De­cem­ber 25, with the aim of en­cour­ag­ing shop­pers to have a Christ­mas kiss.

The store de­cided upon the idea af­ter re­cent re­search sug­gested that a peck un­der the mistle­toe is a rapidly dis­ap­pear­ing Christ­mas tra­di­tion.

Al­lan Mur­doch, store gen­eral man­ager at Mor­risons Cam­bus­lang, said: “Kiss­ing un­der the mistle­toe is pos­si­bly the old­est Christ­mas tra­di­tion we have in Bri­tain - it dates back over 2000 years.

“It would be a shame to see it be­come a thing of past so we will be giv­ing mistle­toe to cus­tomers who look in need of a mag­i­cal Christ­mas kiss.”

The store’s com­mu­nity cham­pion Stacy Korze­niewfki added: “It’s gone down really well since we started it - there’s been a few cheeky com­ments but it’s good fun.

“I think a few of the reg­u­lars in here wanted a wee kiss from some of the staff!

“It’s just some­thing to lift the spir­its, really - it adds a bit of fun when you’re out do­ing the Christ­mas shop­ping.”

A re­cent sur­vey claimed that last year only one in seven (14 per cent) UK adults kissed some­one un­der the mistle­toe, com­pared with 74 per cent who sent Christ­mas cards and 61 per cent who ate a mince pie.

Other tra­di­tions that are fall­ing out of favour ac­cord­ing to the poll are carol singing, as only nine per cent en­joyed a tra­di­tional Christ­mas croon in 2014 – and Christ­mas pud­ding with only 13 per cent of the na­tion serv­ing up the tra­di­tional dish.

Puck­er­ing up Jim Reynolds and Shan­non Hall met un­der the mistle­toe with the help of staff Jackie Gil­mour, Ryan Hodge, Lynn Frame, Al­lan Mur­doch and Fraser Galloway

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