The History of Mistletoe


Natalie Velasco and Gisselle Rodriguez

Have you ever wondered where the tradition of mistletoe came from? Mistletoe is a plant that is actually a parasite. It has been used as a symbol of fertility for centuries, it dates back to the Celtic Druids of the 1st century A.D who believed it was a symbol of fertility and vivacity because mistletoe could blossom during the frozen winters.

The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe actually began in ancient Greece. It was used during the festivals of Saturnalia and in marriage ceremonies because of the plant’s association with fertility. In Norse culture, mistletoe are a sign of love and peace, coming from the story of the goddess Frigg losing her son, Baldur, to an arrow made of mistletoes. After the death of Baldur, she had vowed for the tradition of the mistletoe, as long as it was never used as a weapon again .The symbolisms of mistletoes are different depending on cultures. In modern times this tradition is still used worldwide. Typically mistletoe is hung in the doorways, the ceiling, or could be placed on top of Christmas trees as tree toppers. 

Mistletoe is a plant that is traditionally used during Christmas time. The tradition of anyone who is directly under the mistletoe is to kiss. Many cultures have different beliefs for it depending on the region.