Mistletoe Folklore and History

Discover the ancient folklore that surrounds this berry-bedecked holiday bough.



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Mistletoe’s tendency to turn its limbs toward its host caused the ancients to see it as a protective, visible god.
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A pause beneath the mistletoe demands a kiss.
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Druids harvested mistletoe with golden knives.
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