Monday, December 8, 2008

The Origin of Mistletoe:

The Custom of embracing under a sprig of mistletoe, if not actually kissing under it, originated in ancient Britain among the Druids two hundred years before Christ's birth. The Druids celebrated the start of winter by gathering mistletoe. Sprigs of the yellow-green plant with waxy white berries were hung in homes to ensure a year's good fortune and familial harmony. Guests to a house embraced under the auspicial sprig. Twigs of the evergreen outside a house welcomed weary travelers. Mistletoe was a plant of hope, peace and harmony.