We have arrived at “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” [..or so they say]. To be honest, I don’t have much enthusiasm for the 1st and 2nd day of Christmas anymore, but I love the days surrounding them, especially putting up the decorations for Christmas. Everything comes out from those plastic Curver storage boxes; [including a certain feeling in me around this period] Antique Christmas ornaments with beautiful memories, new showpieces, nutcrackers, the porcelain Christmas tree from Villeroy & Boch, and the uber kitschy glitter branches. Crystal tea light holders are placed on the stairs with utmost precision, new peacock feathers are bought, and of course, the mistletoe.
The maretak (Viscum album), also known as mistletoe | [symbol of love and peace]
The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe originated in Scandinavia during the time of the Druids. When enemies met under the mistletoe in the forest, they had to lay down their weapons. Later, during Christmas, the festival of coming together, it became a tradition to hang mistletoe.
The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe started in the UK. The original custom was to pluck a berry from the mistletoe before you could kiss someone. Once all the berries were gone, no more kissing was allowed.
Nowadays, that ‘rule’ has been somewhat relaxed…
While buying the mistletoe, I activated some associations in my head. Recently, I’ve been reading up on the subject of “mental health,” which is relevant for many of us.
I don’t believe hanging mistletoe is the solution to mental health, but I do think it can contribute.
Various studies show that “hugging” is good for us. It strengthens our immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells. Hugging also triggers the release of the hormone oxytocin, keeping blood pressure low and promoting happiness. Moreover, oxytocin lowers stress levels, reducing fears and depression. Hugs stimulate the brain to release dopamine, responsible for our feelings. Thanks to hugs, you gain more self-confidence, which can impact your mental health.
And I want this for everyone. However, I’m aware that hugging can lead to awkward situations.
But… it’s December, and mistletoes are hanging in various positions. Perhaps the boundaries are lower now. What if we give each other a hug under every mistletoe?
Feel free to share this idea.
By the way, I’d love it if you share these mistletoe-action-scenes on social media.
Make it a fantastic and festive month together, including cuddles & bubbles.