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Catch your sweetie under the mistletoe, and get a kiss.

Find mistletoe in your favorite tree, and get a busy!

The word mistletoe likely comes from the old English or German term meaning "dung twig." I speculate that the ancients noticed the mistletoe sprouting from an area of a tree that birds used for roosting. That would seem to make sense. The birds eat the berries from one tree, and roost on another, depositing the sticky berries. The acidic nature of the bird dung, prepares a good seedbed, by weakening the trees bark, and scarifies the tough seed coat.

The origin of the kissing idea, is debated, but th most likely source, in my opinion, is the Viking  story of how Baldar's life was both taken, and then restored by the plant, and how his mother Frigga, henceforth kissed all who came under the mistletoe.

No matter what romantic inclinations you may have, mistletoe in a tree is a bad bad thing. Most trees that get it, eventually die as a result! The insidious little parasite inserts itself into the layer of living tissue of the tree like a net or web, and then spreads throughout the entire tree. If you cut it or break it off, it will likely be back. If you catch it early, you may be able to remove the affected limb, and prevent its spread.

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