A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds


Sunday, 21 November 2010

Mistletoe


Mistletoe is now bearing berries.It is a parasitic plant most commonly found on trees in old orchards.
It's use as a Christmas decoration is recorded since the eighteenth century and legend says it must not touch the ground between cutting and removal after Christmas.Some say it should be left hanging until the following Christmas and will protect the house from lightning.The most popular tradition is that of kissing under the mistletoe when one berry should be removed,the practice should finish when no berries remain

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