What’s the Deal with Kissing Under Mistletoe?
I saw a meme floating around on Facebook a few days ago that was funny, terrible, and true all balled into one. It read, "This is probably not the year to hang that mistletoe up around the office." That single line basically sums up 2018, and while I don't think it'd be appropriate to hang mistletoe in the office, I see nothing wrong with hanging it up at home.
Some people complain about how Christmas is so over-commercialized and how greed has drained all the charm out of the holiday season. But I don't think that's true. Think about it- no matter what's going on in the world, kids still wake up Christmas morning to presents under the tree, lights still twinkle, and families put aside their differences if only for a few hours, to catch up and feast on delicious food. And, there's still the off-chance you’ll spot someone you like standing under the mistletoe, which means a Christmas kiss!
Mistletoe has been considered magical for centuries. As a matter of fact, the Scandinavians considered it to be a plant of peace and enemies passing beneath mistletoe had to set their weapons aside and take a break from any fighting, at least until the next day.
As the years went by, the tradition changed from enemies setting aside their weapons to kissing. It was in the 18th century that people started to believe that if a young woman were to stand under the mistletoe during Christmastime, she couldn't refuse a kiss because if she did, she wouldn't get married the following year and no young woman wanted to turn into an old maid.
However, if a young woman standing under mistletoe accepted a kiss, it was thought to mean deep romance, or lasting friendship, which is something most young ladies dreamed of. And this is why we kiss under the mistletoe to this day!
Just remember, if you're the one initiating the kiss, you might want to get a clear "yes" or "no" answer said before a witness before you plant a peck. Because, you know, 2017.