As per my previous post, we decorated our house for Christmas last night with the tree and a few other miscellaneous items including hanging the mistletoe. You will always find mistletoe in my family members' houses. I purchased a new one for my house this year and on the back of the package it gave the story of the tradition and I wanted to share it with you. It is entitled MISTLETOE LORE:
"Mistletoe has been the subject of many legends and traditions for hundreds of years. Ancient Druids considered mistletoe sacred as it grew without roots in the ground and they believed that it must have been planted by the gods. Mistletoe was thought to ban evil spirits and bring good luck and great blessings. When warriors met beneath mistletoe, they had to lay down their weapons and call a truce. From this, it became a sign of peace and good will. But why do we kiss people under the mistletoe?
It all started with a goddess called Frigga. Her son, Balder, was shot with an arrow made of mistletoe. Frigga's friends succeeded in conjuring up powers to save the boy. Balder lived anew and Frigga ordered that the mistletoe should never again be used to harm. Instead, she made it a symbol of love by kissing anyone who passed under it.
We wish you and yours a peace and love this Holiday Season!"