Mistletoe. . . somehow, just the thought of it makes me think of romance yet the tradition of mistletoe didn't always signify romance. One tradition was that mistletoe was a plant of peace. Enemies who met under the mistletoe were obliged to stop fighting for at least a day. Eventually, hanging mistletoe over the doorway of one's home brought peace and good luck. It was in 18th century Britain that kissing became a tradition. They would make a ball of mistletoe that would be hung as a Christmas decoration. If a couple was found to be standing under the mistletoe, they were obliged to kiss if the ball still had berries. For each kiss a berry would be taken from the ball. When the berries were gone, the 'luck' in love and marriage was considered gone and it was bad luck to kiss beneath it. I have never heard the part about the berries before now. I don't think the berries are even part of it these days but the romance and the kissing idea remain as a winter tradition. It is a beautiful tradition to include in your winter wedding.
|This is so romantic and lovely. . .|
|O-K, no mistletoe but stunning just the same.|
|Perhaps mistletoe over the doorway?|
I love the pine branch with this table setting but a sprig of mistletoe would be equally beautiful don't you think?
Another great idea. . . a mistletoe decorated wedding cake.
Til next time,