Today's Wonder of the World is...Mistletoe!
Flickr photo by Magintht
Oh ho, the mistletoe hung where you can see...
Flickr photo by perennialpal
In a tree!
It's so easy to find mistletoe in the winter around here. Just look for the balls of green leaves sucking the life out of a helpless tree.
Sorry. Don't mean to be a Scrooge. I love mistletoe. Really, I do!
I just find it curious that we choose to kiss underneath mistletoe, when it has such a dark side. Did you know it's also called the Vampire Plant?
I like to think of mistletoe as Grandpa Munster--a sweet, nice vampire. It's almost easy to forget that it probes beneath the bark of a tree to mooch off its water and nutrients.
But it's so pretty!
Flickr photo by ahmet.surucu
Just don't think about the fact that the name mistletoe comes from the old English "dung twig," thus named on account of the berries looked like bird poop dropped on tree branches.
Oops, there I go again, smushing your Christmas cheer. Sorry!
Here, I'll make it better...Let's think of all the cheery Christmas songs that sing the praises of mistletoe.
There's A Holly Jolly Christmas (Oh ho, the mistletoe, hung where you can see...)
I'll Be Home for Christmas (...please have snow and mistletoe...)
The Christmas Song (Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe help to make the season bright...)
Rocking Around the Christmas Tree (mistletoe hung where you can see, every couple tries to stop)
and the song my pal Jenn Hubbard and I love so much (not.)
Songwriters aren't the only ones who love mistletoe.
So does Getafix, from the French cartoon Asterix.
Flickr photo by GunnarFreyr
Do you know Getafix? He's the druid who is always up a tree, searching for mistletoe for his magic potions. My question is just what kind of potions is he making? Druids thought mistletoe was a symbol of fertility! Maybe that's what inspired all the kissing.
How's your mistletoe etiquette? Did you know that the fellow is supposed to pick a berry off the bundle of mistletoe for every kiss? Once the berries run out, no more kissing!
I'm not sure I agree with this ad.
Flickr photo by Nmarie
I think if my husband bought me an iron (heaven forbid) or a mixer for Christmas, it'd be a good while before I'd feel much like kissing.
Unless he bought me these mixer pups at Artsy.etsy.com.
Photo by Artsy
Ooh. Big smooches for those.
You know what else you can buy on Etsy?
Photo by ZooLooNaturals
Mistletoe! Hop over here and buy your own bunch.
Is your pucker ready?
What, no one to kiss?
Put mistletoe under your pillow and you'll dream of your Prince Charming.
Flickr photo by wallyspam
When you wake up, toss that mistletoe into the fire. If it burns smoothly, your future looks bright! If not? Find someone else to roast your chestnuts.
Speaking of roasting chestnuts, enjoy The Christmas Song, with Nat King Cole!
And have a wonder-full Thursday, everybody!