Monday, December 29, 2008
This picture doesn't do this Christmas Mistletoe justice! This Kissing Krystal was given to me for Christmas this year by a dear friend. She knows that I'm a hopeless romantic and must have found it just as alluring as I do. Even though I don't need mistletoe to smooch the ones I love, I could just leave this hanging all of the time because it is so beautiful. The crystal at the bottom is just so pretty as the light reflects from it at every angle.
Here is the legend of the Krystal Mistletoe: "Kissing under the mistletoe is an old European tradition. It is believed that the mistletoe holds magical powers from the "soul" of the mightly oak tree. It grants strength, peace, health, fertility and love to those who kiss beneath it".
Well, I don't know about you, but I certainly could use some strength, as I find getting older has left me feeling weaker. I hope that God will grant me peace and good health and sure.....spread that love! Can you imagine not ever being loved or unable to give your love to that special someone? I'm thankful that I was blessed with finding love. "I love you" comes so easily for me when saying goodbye, either on the phone or visiting with my loved ones. But what about that "fertility" thing? Please don't leave any of that stuff with me! I've done my duty and now I'm HOT all of the time! Man, why couldn't I have been HOTTER back in the day? This later in life stuff is definitely for the birds!
Back to the mistletoe! I remember many years ago....we're talking when I was in my teens, my brother-in-law would go out and try to shoot mistletoe from a tree. I believe that he would use buckshot. I remember being able to spot it in the tree because all of the leaves were gone and you could see a large clump of the green stuff hanging near the top. Sometimes he would be able to get a few pieces. I think he mostly blew it to smitherines. I don't remember ever having a huge amount of it. My brother-in-law was different....like that. That mistletoe never helped to keep the romance alive with my sister and him.
Does anyone hang sprigs of mistletoe in their homes or how about one of these "Kissing Krystals"? Do you practice that European tradition? I'd love to hear what you think.