Why Is Mistletoe Used For Kissing?

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The plant grows on trees with white pearls of berries creating magnificent orbs that can survive harsh winters. It’s a lovely thing of nature that would be nice to kiss near, regardless of tradition. Much like a tulip or a dog.

But mistletoe is also a parasite that kills the trees onto which it latches, draining the host of nutrients to increase its own fertility and vitality. It’s a beautiful, selfish monster.You can now use this complicated origin as ammo for that moment when you get stuck under the mistletoe this holiday season and need more to say than, “Uhhhhh … Can we not?!”

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