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    Interesting Facts about Mistletoe!
    Dear Readers, in this column we’ve talked about many spiritual symbols, but we’ve never touched on Mistletoe. Truly, I never thought about it as a symbol of anything but kissing at the holidays, but I recently discovered some...
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    Mistletoe and its place in tradition and medicine
    Mistletoe is one of the most interesting, controversial and misunderstood medicinal herbs. A common decoration during the holiday season, mistletoe has a long spiritual and medicinal history, particularly in Europe where mistletoe is common.To...
  • Mistletoe is not a plant to encourage
    Mistletoe is not a plant to encourage
    Mistletoe may seem romantic at Christmas with its kissing tradition, but it is not a plant that should be welcomed on trees. It is an evergreen parasite and clumps of it can be seen easily in deciduous trees when the leaves have fallen. Its name...
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    Mistletoe is more than a Christmas decoration in San Diego nature
    Mistletoe is often a symbol of Christmas tradition in the western world. The main tradition is that when a couple meets under the mistletoe, they’re supposed to kiss. The Druids also thought the plant was a symbol of good luck and good...
  • Pucker there Christmas: Mistletoe drought harms plant? Still enough for kissing
    Pucker there Christmas: Mistletoe drought harms plant? Still enough for kissing
    Pucker up there, Christmas kissers, because there’s still more than enough mistletoe to go around this holiday season for a little kissing. While various updates on a serious mistletoe shortage in recent years — including a drought...
  • The kissing ball instead of mistletoe
    The kissing ball for a mistletoe stand-in
    The Kissing Ball by STEVE ASBELLIt seems that 'under the mistletoe' is the hottest place to be for the holidays, and 'kissing balls' of mistletoe have adorned homes at least since the days of Victorian England. The unfortunate...
  • Girl not allowed to sell mistletoe to get braces: She was told she could beg
    Girl banned from selling mistletoe to get braces: She was told she could beg
    According to ABC newson Dec. 2, an 11-year-old Oregon girl attempted to sell mistletoe to help pay for her braces. She was told she couldn't sell them since she did not have a permit; however, she could beg for money because begging is freedom...
  • Mistletoe and Christmas kisses explained
    Mistletoe and Christmas kisses explained
    There’s certainly nothing wrong with a good snogging under the mistletoe, but just how did a bunch of poison berries ever become symbolic of romantic kissing at Christmas?The Celtic Druids (those wily Druids who built standing-stone circles...
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    Are you mistletoe make out ready?
    With just two party weekends left before Christmas, and Chanukah already upon us, the festivities are underway! Be ready for a close-up with your sweetie, under the mistletoe or under the stars, with these beauty essentials.Keep your pout kissable...
  • The magic of Mistletoe December 23 a year and a day
    The magic of Mistletoe December 23 a year and a day
    Betwixt and between. Mistletoe viscum album, also known as, all-heal,Golden Bough, is the most magical and mystical and has a day all to itself. Two days after the winter solstice, December 23 between the thirteenth lunar months. It forms a ball...
  • Mistletoe, a must have for holiday decor
    Mistletoe, a must have for festive holiday decor
    One of the plants often associated with the holidays is mistletoe. Mistletoe is an unusual, parasitic plant that grows on trees, gathering nourishment from the host tree.Much of the history of mistletoe comes from the Druids and Anglo Saxons of...
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    Mistletoe, merry migrant of trees
    Mistletoe. For most people, mention of the plant conjures up images of happy couples at Christmas time. In the Atlanta area, mistletoe is present throughout the year. Colonies of the evergreen plant can be seen in many hardwood trees. The green,...
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    Holiday plants - festive or toxic?
    With the holidays arriving very soon, many families in the Utica/Rome upstate NY area have holiday plants decorating their houses. Do you need to worry about those plants and your pets? Maybe. The ASPCA Poison Control Center has plenty of plant...
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    Read this before you decorate with mistletoe
    What is mistletoe?The word 'mistletoe" may be related to the German word for "mist" meaning "dung" and "tang" for branch. Mistletoe is made from the droppings from birds as they move from tree to tree.The...
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    Mistletoe
    Christmas and mistletoes seem to go hand and hand, but did you know that Mistletoe is a parasite? Viscum album or European Mistletoe - the variety found in the Bluegrass - is a hemi-parasitic plant that grows attached to and within the branches of...