Mistletoe

    

The small plants of mistletoe are considered to be the good luck charms for Christmas celebrations. It can be spotted growing on trees like apple, oak, and willows. With several folklores making up the base, this plant hung at the entrances of houses and churches is believed to protect you from all the evil spirits and bring in good fortune.

Also, it symbolizes friendship and love since the very early ages, owing to which the custom of kissing under the Mistletoe became common in England. The white berries of this plant bear an ‘X’ on them, the sign being so was considered to symbolize a kiss. With every kiss, one had to pick a berry from this plant, and the moment all the berries were picked up, no more kisses were allowed to the couple. It was also believed that the lady, who refused a kiss under the mistletoe, somehow remained single for the entire next year.

Mistletoe folklores

Among the numerous folklores about this plant of mistletoe, here’s listing down the few popular ones.

The Romans always dedicated various festivals to their Gods. Out of which Saturnalia was the one held in the month of December, to honour the god of agriculture, harvest, and seedtime – Saturn. On the final day of this festival, there were feasts and gifts were exchanged among all. Mistletoe was hung as a decorative item in those feasts as a good luck charm.

Druids, the respected leaders of Celtic tribes, who used to reside in the Western Europe, believed this evergreen Mistletoe and the timber oak tree on which it grew to be highly sacred. They considered this plant to symbolize good health, love, antidote, and protection. The Druids arranged for a ritual of offerings rather sacrifices while collecting these plants from the oak trees. At times, there were a couple of white bulls while at other times, there were humans clad in oak leaves for the sacrifice. One of their priests draped in white used to climb the tree and cut off the mistletoe with any gold sickle. The mistletoe had to be mandatorily received in a white cloak, as it was extremely ominous for it to fall on the ground. Even in the contemporary days, falling of this plant onto the ground signifies something really dangerous is to come.

According to the Norse mythology, there happened to a goddess Frigg, who used to bless people with children and marriage. This goddess shared her knowledge and wisdom only with her few friends. Between her two sons, she always loved Balder a bit more, and one day, she had cautioned almost everyone not cause any harm to Balder. But she had missed out on the mistletoe plant owing to its size.  Loki, the vindictive god, carved out like an arrow from the mistletoe plant. He went up to Frigg’s other son, who was blind and not participating in the game and asked him to shoot. Unknowingly, he had shot his own brother at heart. Since that time, Frigg considered this little plant to be of utmost importance for healing purposes. Thereby making mistletoe a good luck charm.



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