Kissing Under the Mistletoe

The origin of Kissing under the mistletoe is from the Greek festival of Saturnalia and anon with primitive marriage rites. There were perhaps two beliefs. One of them was that it had the power to bequeath fertility. Kissing under the mistletoe meaning is that during Christmas time if a young woman stands under the ball of mistletoe, brightly trimmed with evergreens, ribbons, and ornaments, cannot repudiate to be kissed. In addition, most importantly this kiss can paves way to a deep and everlasting romance, friendship and goodwill and if a girl remains unkissed, she cannot anticipate marrying the following year. Another belief associated with the mistletoe is that it has life-giving clouts.

Now games are allied to this tradition of kissing and are known as kissing under the mistletoe games easily available in the market especially in the European countries that revives their folklore. Some of games related to the mistletoe are old games of hood man blind, shoe the wild mare, hot cockles, steal the white loaf, bob apple, and snap dragon; the Yule-clog and Christmas candle were regularly burnt, and the mistletoe with its white berries hung up, to the imminent peril of all the pretty housemaids.

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