The tradition of Christmas Mistletoe

Have you ever wondered where some of our modern traditions came as the use of old Christmas lights or maybe vintage or outdoor Christmas decorations? As the Christmas season approaches, we’ve been doing some research on a particular topic related to the holiday. Read along as we discuss what we see in the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe. Our results may surprise even the most stingy!

Corroborated by several cultures for centuries mistletoe. The Celts of ancient Britain believed that mistletoe was held sacred healing power, and contains the soul of deforestation. Celtic language, Mistletoe means “All Heal”.

Ancient Druid ceremony along with mistletoe are also interesting. The pagan priests carefully cut the sacred mistletoe from oak with golden sickle. They are careful to never let the branches touch the ground, for fear of contaminating them. Priest divided the branches into sprigs and give people to protect themselves from storms and other forms of crime.

Make mistletoe material also includes many famous myths days ago. Norse mythology we found was that the resurrection of Balder, the god of the summer sun. The legend says that Balder had a dream in which he was killed. His mother Frigga, the goddess of love and beauty, was a little surprised when she told me the dream. Frigga went to all the elements (eg, fire, water and soil) and ask them to forgive her son. When he was satisfied that he had secured their cooperation in this regard, he knew he was going to live forever Balder.

Balder had one enemy, however, called Loki. Loki, god of evil, find a plant that Frigga overlooked. Mistletoe. Loki made an arrow of mistletoe, and dipped in poison. Then cheated blind brother Balder, Hoder, captured and killed Balder. All these and elements, fire, water, earth and tried to bring Balder back to life, but nothing worked, except his mother, Frigga. It is said that their tears turned into pieces of mistletoe, and when it rains they bring their Balder back to life.

In the excitement of the resurrection of Balder, the mistletoe toxic reputation is reversed and kissed everyone who walked under the trees where it grows. Also issued a decree that anyone who passes under the mistletoe must kiss, and therefore, no harm will come to them.

We love history, and I think this every year since I hang mistletoe in my house. The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe seems a bit faded in modern times. So I’ll endure all the doors I spent under set time for Christmas!