…and you thought folks were prudish in the 19th century. Ah, the magic of mistletoe. For the young, and the young at heart. Go, Grandma!
Careful who you kiss under the mistletoe, however:
Was he letting people kiss his wife so he’d have an excuse to kiss the girl? Hmm.
Mistletoe was a sought-after item at Christmas-time in the 19th century, and holiday revelers placed “kissing boughs” in strategic places (though never in a church, as the custom originated among the ancient Druids, and sometimes involved human sacrifice). There is a difference between English and American mistletoe, and apparently back then clients in the northeastern U.S. were very picky, preferring the English variety. Perhaps some “explosive kissing” was anticipated? See below:
Those folks really knew how to revel, didn’t they? How does one “use up” mistletoe? …never mind.
Do you decorate with real mistletoe? (We have an artificial mistletoe ball in our house – the berries are poisonous. A sick cat is hardly romantic). For that matter, has anyone even seen real mistletoe recently, or has it gone the way of the Druids?
I won’t ask y’all about any plans for “explosive kissing” (*wink*), but I’d love to hear what else you’re up to! And I’m still giving away ebooks to commenters (up to ten copies in total, and good until Christmas), so if you want a free copy of any book in my series, let me know which book and whether you prefer epub (Nook, iPad) or mobi (Kindle), and I’ll send it off to you.
No matter what you are celebrating this season, I wish you the brightest of holidays!
Until next time,
15 thoughts on “Grandma under the mistletoe!”
We’ve had real mistletoe once or twice. You can usually get it at the florist on Laurel Ave in Takoma Park, though last year or the year before the didn’t have it because of a pest-related shortage. I haven’t checked this year.
Glad to see that some are still keeping the tradition alive. Thanks so much for stopping by, Steph!
Explosive kissing! That is just awesome.
Happy Holidays! 🙂
You too, Coleen! Just what you need for your new place. *wink*
19th century folks couldn’t have been that prudish. The greatest generation got here somehow, only to bring into being all us lovable boomers. Nice cartoon, but I’m pretty sure they weren’t that ancient looking when the mistletoe was working its wonders on them.
When I was 11 or so, I tried to make $$ selling the mistletoe which grew naturally on my parent’s property in the mountains. I did not become independently wealthy. Heck, I could have made more money selling rutabagas , but it was good character building (and it was legal).
They just didn’t discuss it as much as we do. So interesting that you were a mistletoe vendor? So, do you have to shoot clumps of it off the trees? That’s what I heard. Merry Christmas, Bill!
If I could have shot it down, that would have made it worth it. No, it was a combination of climbing and using sticks.
Well, weren’t you the enterprising lad! Here’s to a more leisurely Christmas. *wink*
Grandma under the mistletoe. Scandalous! Lol. 🙂
Kissing is for everyone, right? *wink*
LOL Great post, Kathy. I’ve only seen real mistletoe once or twice. Like you I worry about pets and children eating the berries (when that explosive kissing knocks them off the branches!)
And of course, that’s the ONLY kind of kissing going on at Casa Lamb…gotta play it safe…. *wink*
That’s right, we don’t want to dial back the kissing! Merry Christmas, Kass!
The image of grandma under the mistletoe makes me shudder!
It’s the semi-naked cupid in the corner that creeps me out, LOL. Merry Christmas, Phil!
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