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23/12/2020 / Test All Things

Why Mistletoe at Christmass?

The hanging of mistletoe during the heathen festival of what is now known as Christmas comes from an ancient legend from Northern Europe.

The “sun god” known as Balder was represented as so attractive, fair, and great that the other “gods” made a promise never to hurt him. They supposedly placed a spell on everything in order to protect him. Arrows, poisons, and swords could not kill him. However, when the “gods” were casting their spells, they forgot the mistletoe. This allowed Loki, the supposed “god of evil” to make a sharp arrow from a mistletoe branch after he found this out so that Balder could be killed. The arrow was put in to the hands of the supposed “blind god” Hoder, and Loki guided Hoder’s hand so that the arrow struck Balder. After Balder was killed, the other gods who initially sought to protect him brought him back to life and the mistletoe made a promise never to hurt anyone again.

This story caused Mistletoe to be used as an emblem of love and has been used ever since by the Roman’s catholic church and her daughters during the christmass to remember the teaching of love, and so they kissed under it, and that is where the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe originated.

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