Kissing Under the Mistletoe
Mistletoe is a plant that grows parasitically on trees. It extracts water and nutrients from the host plant. In the winter, the plant produces white berries. Use caution around children and pets because mistletoe berries are toxic.
What is the origin of the holiday tradition of kissing under the mistletoe? Mistletoe is considered a symbol of fertility and life because in winter, when deciduous trees have lost their leaves, and many plants have died away, mistletoe remains green. There are a myriad of myths and legends about the mistletoe plant throughout history.
When you hike or while you drive, ask your child to spot mistletoe growing in trees,
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