“Everybody knows, a turkey and some mistletoe, help to make the season bright…” I figured some marketmanila.com readers may not be familiar with mistletoe and it is very rarely available in Manila, hence this post. Our fresh mistletoe supply from Sister arrived very early this morning, through the kindness and inside the luggage of a weary traveller. A bunch of the mistletoe now hangs over our front door, so anyone caught underneath it can be excused for a kiss/smooch. :) A little remains so one can go running around the crowded malls dangling the mistletoe over unsuspecting heads and seeing if it will cast a spell… :) So what the heck is mistletoe, why does it literally translate as “dung-on-a-twig” and why do people kiss when underneath it?
Click on the link above for more detailed information on mistletoe if that interests you, but here is what is printed on the back of the package that it arrived in…
“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 sumbol of love by kissing anyone who passed under it.” Yeah, right. :) And finally, this last piece of trivia from the same link above: “And for those who wish to observe the correct etiquette: a man should pluck a berry when he kisses a woman under the mistletoe, and when the last berry is gone, there should be no more kissing!”