The Many Myths and Species of Mistletoe

The number of species of mistletoe and ancient myths abound. There's more to this traditional holiday plant than love and kisses.

| December 2002/January 2003

Discover the numerous species of mistletoe and the ancient myths surrounding this holiday plant.

"Ivy, holly, and mistletoe
Make a good Christmas
Wherever they go."
Old English saying

"The only good mistletoe is no *&@#! mistletoe at all." —Georgia pecan farmer

My baptism beneath the mistletoe came when I was painfully 13.

I was standing in the doorway doing what I always did at parties — watching the other kids have a good time — when Sara came up behind me. The daughter of a dairy farmer, Sara was red-haired and freckled, a good two feet taller than I, at least a hundred times louder, and sturdy — what my parents always called "big boned."

The next thing I knew Sara was bellowing, "Hey look, I caught Krautwurst under the mistletoe!" Everyone in the room turned in time to see Sara grab me by the shoulders, spin me around, mash her face to mine, and give me a hard, straight-on-the-mouth, body-burning kiss that in no way resembled my Aunt Maude's my-how-he's-grown pecks on the cheek at Thanksgiving.

Ben H.
1/20/2009 11:04:15 AM

What an entertainingly read. Great style!

12/23/2008 10:45:05 PM

Good info about the mistletoe! How old was the Redhead? GeneH P.S. My first kiss @ 14 (73 NOW) was from a eye!!!!

12/22/2008 4:06:43 PM

This was a great article-thank you so much! Super sweet...I hope your sarah reads it! :)

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