Why Do People Kiss Under the Mistletoe?

Kissing under the mistletoe has been a holiday custom for years. Believe it or not, it has been a holiday tradition since the 17th century and is continued up until now.

 

I know you’re all here to find out what’s the history behind the ‘kissing under the mistletoe’ thingy? When did it start and what does this mean? To answer all your questions, here’s a brief history of this well-known holiday tradition.

 

History

 

UK’s Tradition

 
UK Tradition

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The mistletoe kissing tradition started from the UK in the 1700s. It then became more popular throughout the 1800s since Victorians fell in love with this tradition.

 

According to the story, the early custom in England, allow men to steal a kiss from any woman caught standing under the mistletoe, and refusing was viewed as bad luck.

 

Norse Mythology

 
Norse Mythology

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Besides UK’s tradition, there’s also a story from Norse mythology. According to the story, when the god Odin’s son Baldur was forecast to die, his mother Frigg (the goddess of love) went to all the animals and plants to secure an oath that they would not harm his son.

 

But Frigg did not consult with timid mistletoe, so the god Loki made an arrow from the plant and used it to kill the invincible Baldur. Another version of the myth tells that Baldur was resurrected and Frigg declared mistletoe as a symbol of love and vowed to plant a kiss on all those who passed beneath it.

 

Greek History

 
Greek History

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According to Greeks, the mistletoe can cure everything such as menstrual cramps, ulcers, epilepsy, spleen disorders, etc. Because of that, it became a symbol of vivacity or liveliness. It is also administered to humans and animals in the hope of restoring fertility.

 

What does mistletoe symbolize?

 
What does mistletoes symbolize

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So the last question is, what does this plant symbolize? Most people believe that mistletoe is a symbol of life and fertility. While ancient other tales believe that it’s the symbol of love and friendship.

 

The ‘kissing-under-the-mistletoe’ tradition has been a popular holiday custom all over the world. It may have different origins and meanings but one thing is for sure, it gave lovers some holiday memories that they will treasure forever.

 

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Samantha Baluyot

Sam joined Remit this 2018. She is a Journalism graduate who loves to see the world in different point of views. Her goal in writing is to inspire her readers to have a better perspective and to live a meaningful life. She may look aloof but she’s a very friendly and a happy-go-lucky person.

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