Under the Mistletoe

Ana Castellanos and Janelle Green

The Mistletoe and its potential powers has been a traditional part of the holidays for many centuries brought from Europe.

It was first believed to have powers to protect people from calamities and witches, it was also considered to bestow life and fertility; and in a way a protection against poison and also an aphrodisiac.

Mistletoe was long regarded as both a sexual symbol and the “soul” of the oak where it grows.

In the Middle Ages, branches of mistletoe were hung from ceilings to ward off evil spirits. In other parts of Europe, they were placed on top of stable houses to keep witches away. “No I don’t believe in it, but I have thought about kissing a girl under one” said Jack Farell, 19, psychology.

Today that has changed, the mistletoe is merrily decorated with ribbons and ornaments and the significance of the history has been long forgotten, the custom of exchanging a kiss under the mistletoe is what most of the American and European culture practice.

“I’m into traditions, so I kissed my girlfriend under the mistletoe a long time ago.” said Ryan Brook 24, program assistant at Health and Science Services. “But we’re not together anymore so I don’t think it holds true.”

It is usually a couple in love that exchanges a kiss under the mistletoe, it is at most times interpreted as a promise to marry, as well as a prediction of happiness long life and goodwill to their relationship.

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