Mistletoe has always had a certain . . . reputation around the holidays. Christmas trees are nice, but mistletoe’s naughty. American author Washington Irving was writing about it two hundred years ago:
"The mistletoe is hung up in farm-houses and kitchens at Christmas, and the young men have the happy privilege of kissing the girls under it, plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases."
May you find yourself often under a sprig of mistletoe this season with your favorite hero (or heroine), and may your holidays be merry indeed!
This stylish young lady is gathering greenery in her apron to decorate her house for the season in this 18th century print by Robert Sayer.