Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Traditionz (mistletoe)





"KISS ME UNDER THE PARASITIC EVERGREEN SHRUB"

BOTANY 101 (lol)

The Mistletoe is a partial parasite (hempiparasite).

As a partial parasite the mistletoe can grow from photosynthesis like regular plants. However, it can be found on trunks of trees as well as branches. The Mistletoe actually sends out roots, penetrating the tree and taking up nutrients.



There are two type of Mistletoe; What is called the 'true mistletoe'  The Viscum album of Europe.


A green shrub, with small yellow flowers, and sticky white berries (which are poisonous).




 Seen mostly on Apple trees and rarely on Oak trees--->








The Celts and the Vikings saw the mistletoe as a healing plant. The rare Oak tree mistletoe was greatly venerated by the ancients.




In Scandinavia the mistletoe was considered soo sacred that enemies whom meet under mistletoe they would lay down their arms and keep a truce until the next day.







The Druids from pagan Great Britain believed the mistletoe would heal diseases, and that its poison would somehow make other poisons harmless. The Mistletoe was also seen as a fertility plant. Making humans, as well as animals fertile. It also protects against bad luck (everything Jesus has in his power to do)!


Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 19:4).



During the Victorian Era in England, kissing under mistletoe was a ritual that elders hoped would lead to romance and marriage for the younger generations.




In the New World, some Native American tribes used the mistletoe to heal dog bites, and measles.



What does that have to do with kissing??


In Norse mythology, Baldur the god of vegetation was killed by a spear made of mistletoe. The death of Baldur is supposedly the reason why there’s a winter every year. Baldur of course was restored to life and his mother goddess Frigga pronounced the mistletoe to be a sacred plant, to bring love into the world, rather than death. The people therefore kissed under the mistletoe in celebration of Baldur's resurrection.





LET IT BE KNOWN: Kissing under the Mistletoe would be following the after other gods.

“A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known” (Deuteronomy 11:27-28).

The mistletoe is symbolic of the eventual rebirth of vegetation that will occur in spring.







  • Traditionally kisses are exchanged under the mistletoe until all of the (poisonous) white berries are picked off; 1kiss takes off 1berry.






“Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods” (Deuteronomy 12:29-31).





May the Lord add a blessing to the study of His Word… In Jesus name





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