What is the story behind kissing under the mistletoe?

Mistletoe is a plant that grows on trees, high up in the branches - particularly apple trees.  It is a plant of peace - if enemies meet by chance underneath it they have to lay down their arms and maintain a truce until the next day!

This is thought to be the origin of mistletoe as we know it today.  Hanging a ball of mistletoe from the ceiling and exchanging kisses is a sign of friendship and goodwill.

However, watch out, if a couple exchange a kiss under the mistletoe it is a promise to marry - so be careful who catches you under this magical berried plant this year!

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