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Mistletoe makes its annual appearance each December as millions of Americans and Europeans hang a sprig of it in their doorways during the holiday season.

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When we think of Christmas, lots of traditions spring to mind like holly wreaths, Christmas treespresents and Father Christmas coming to visit. One of the perhaps more unusual traditions that many people do at Christmas is to hang a bunch of mistletoe in Horny women Gelsenkirchen ga house.

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What is a mistletoe?

While historians are uncertain about why kissing under the mistletoe started, there is a general consensus Sexy wife exchange when and where the custom began, and how it became popular during Christmastime.

The origins of kissing under the mistletoe, a plant that often bears white berries, are often traced to a tale in Norse mythology about the god Baldur. The scheming Loki, upon learning this, makes a spear out of mistletoe — the spear that would eventually kill Baldur. But the connection between that story and the tradition is unclear, and may not even exist at all.

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Historian Mark Forsyth says this is not actually the way the story ends, however. Although Forsyth does not know why kissing under the mistletoe started, the author says he does know that the tradition began between andin Dating order of operations. John Colbatch, an English apothecary and physician, wrote two books on the mistletoe in and Instead, the earliest reference of kissing under the mistletoe that Forsyth found comes from a song published in a The verses read.

Other historians have also cited these lines as the first reference of the tradition.

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But what happened between and that made kissing under the mistletoe a holiday phenomenon remains unknown. Literature and art from the 18th and 19th centuries expanded upon this idea.

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Charles Dickens in The Pickwick Papers, published inportrays the holiday frenzy associated with this particular type of kiss. The women in both scenes were depicted as resisting the kisses but having to give in after being caught Adult seeking nsa IL New athens 62264 under the mistletoe.

Historians have said that they would have believed they had to accept kisses from men or risk bad fortune.

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The American writer Male hunk sex returned from England, and recorded the yuletide traditions he had observed abroad. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases. at letters time.

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