Will you kiss me under the mistletoe?

The legend of the famous kissing plant

Films, music, books. The scene where they kiss under the mistletoe has now become a popular modern trope. Yes this custom at Christmas time is nothing new. Did you know that mistletoe has played a big role in mythology and folk wisdom for centuries? Read more about the legend of the famous kissing plant!

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Witches

Mistletoe has long been associated with witches. The reason for that is that mistletoe was hung from beams in cattle sheds in order to keep the livestock fertile and to protect it from witches. But it was also said that mistletoe was used as a magical herb by medicine women - who were often considered to be witches...

Fertility

Amongst the Celtic and Germanic tribes, mistletoe was viewed as a holy plant which played a major role in pagan fertility rituals. Just like Midsummer, Midwinter was also celebrated and during that period mistletoe was cut from the holy oak with a golden sickle. The plant was caught in a white cloth and immersed in water in order to protect against illness and evil.

(Im)mortal

But North mythology also refers to the mistletoe. The story goes that Baldur was killed by his blind bother Hodor with an arrow with a mistletoe tip, with a cameo role for the evil god Loki. It was said to be Baldur’s Achilles heel. But the power of mistletoe also works the other way. In the strip cartoon Asterix the druid Getafix uses mistletoe to create a potion that makes people unbeatable.

Power of attraction

Whether or not mistletoe has a medicinal effect, one thing is certain: this plant definitely has the power of attraction. Tie a bundle of mistletoe with a pretty ribbon and hang it from the door frame or a high beam in your home. Anyone standing under it may be kissed with impunity, so wait patiently until your crush appears under the mistletoe and seize your opportunity.