'Kiss me underneath the mistletoe
Show me baby that you love me so-oh-oh'
The mistletoe is one of the most popular plants during the holiday season. Even Justin Bieber dedicated a song to this legendary plant. However in reality, the mistletoe is a flowering plant that obtain their nutrition by living on and parasitizing other plants. In other words, they don't seem that romantic at all as they basically rob the nutrients of other plants to survive.
So how did this nutrient robbing plant turn into a symbol related to as beautiful as Christmas?
Legend goes that, the goddess Frigg who is the goddess of love, marriage and fertility has a son named Baldr who she loved deeply. One day, he was killed by an arrow made of mistletoe and as a result, Frigg was deeply saddened. As she wept tears of sorrow, her tears became the white pearls on the mistletoe. The other gods who were touched by her love decided to bring Baldr back to life. Frigg was overjoyed and so she blessed the mistletoe and declared that it was a symbol of love and peace.
So what do you think of this legend? Does it justify the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe?
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