From Christmas trees to gift giving and sending out personalised Christmas cards, there are certainly plenty of traditions to uphold during the festive season. And it can also be fun to create some new family traditions, like creating an annual family photo book with Bob Books.
But where on earth did we get the idea to kiss under a sprig of mistletoe or hang shiny ornaments from a tree in our living room? Here’s a look at the origins of some of our most cherished Christmas traditions.
Mistletoe was once believed to contain properties that could cure illnesses, aid fertility and ward off evil spirits, which is why it was often hung in homes throughout Europe. Although it’s unclear exactly where or when the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe began, it’s thought to have started among servants in Victorian England before being adopted by the middle class.
The original tradition was that a berry had to be plucked from the branch of mistletoe for each kiss. Once all the berries had been plucked, no more kissing was allowed. Eventually the tradition evolved and if a woman was found standing below a sprig of mistletoe she could not refuse to be kissed, unless of course she wanted to go through life as a spinster.