Christ­mas wishes and mistle­toe kisses

Record Observer - - NEWS - By JUDY E. MELVIN EDELHEIT

It’s the most beau­ti­ful time of the year. It’s time for mistle­toe and holly. Mistle­toe is com­monly used as a Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tion and a sym­bol of ro­mance.

Mistle­toe in an­cient times is a Celtic druid sym­bol of joy and peace. In mythol­ogy, mistle­toe was a sym­bol of love and friend­ship, and that is where the cus­tom of kiss­ing un­der mistle­toe comes from.

The hang­ing of mistle­toe, and the cus­tom of kiss­ing be­neath it, is a pop­u­lar tradition in Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions. When you bring the plant to your house don’t for­get that mistle­toe is one of the most mag­i­cal, mys­te­ri­ous and sa­cred plants of all time. The plant was seen as a sym­bol of peace by the an­cient Celts. In time of the an­cient druids mistle­toe pos­sessed mys­ti­cal pow­ers and pro­tec­tion against evil spir­its.

Mistle­toe is ev­er­green plant with white berries that par­a­sit­i­cally grows in the branches of trees and at­tached to their host trees. All parts of the plant are toxic, berries, stems and leaves.

PHOTO BY JUDY E. MELVIN EDELHEIT

Mistle­toe is com­monly used as a Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tion and a sym­bol of ro­mance.

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