Why do people kiss under the mistletoe?

We all know the embarressing moment when you accidentelly find yourself standing under the mistletoe at Christmas, and you start wondering why you are being given strange looks!

But did you know why the tradition started? Well if you didn’t read on and you’ll be amazed how this quirky tradition started.

It is thought to have started its roots during pagan rituals, specifically, the kissing bough, which had mistletoe at its centre. When the Christmas tree replaced the kissing bough, they kept the mistletoe and introduced it into the yuletide ritual.

Secondly, there is a Norse legend of Baldur, who escaped being poisoned by mistletoe because his mother, Frigg, the goddess of love, removed the poison with her tears. Frigg was so happy that she kissed everyone who passed under the mistletoe – thus the custom started.

We don’t know about you, but we like it and are more than happy to have any excuse to share a kiss!!