Under the mistletoe
A cheeky smooch under the mistletoe could be the start of a festive romance, but why do we lock lips under this particular plant?
There are many stories surrounding the origin of hanging mistletoe at Christmas, and indeed, sharing a kiss underneath it. During the time of the ancient Druids, people would hang mistletoe in their homes as it was believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck.
In Norse mythology it was seen as a sign of love and friendship. Many believe the white berries on mistletoe symbolise the tears of Frigg, the goddess of love, as she cried for her son Baldr.
The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe became extremely popular during the Victorian era. A berry had to be picked from the bunch before receiving a kiss, and once all the berries were gone, no more kissing was allowed.
As mistletoe flourishes at a time when most plants are dying, it has also been linked to fertility and life.