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How we came to kiss under the Mistletoe

December 24, 2016


The Norse god Balder, the God of the Summer Sun was the best loved of all the gods. His mother was Frigga, goddess of love and beauty.


Once, Balder dreamt of this death. This worried him greatly and so he told his mother. Frigga loved her son so much and was very worried, not just for him but also for life on earth, as she knew that without Balder all life on earth would come to an end.


So she went through the world, securing promises from everything that lived that they would not harm her beloved Balder. However, she passed by the mistletoe, since it was so small and new to the world, that she thought it was harmless.


Leave it to Loki the prankster to find the loophole. He was an enemy of Balder and had evil designs on his mind. He made an arrow from the mistletoe’s wood. To make the prank even nastier, he took the arrow to Hodr, Balder’s brother and the God of Winter, who was blind. Guiding Hodr’s hand, Loki directed the arrow at Balder’s heart, and he fell dead. Everybody was worried, as the world grew cold and life became dreary.


For the next three days, every creature tried to bring Balder back to life, but he was revived by Frigga with the help of the mistletoe. The tears she wept on the plant became pearly white berries and she blessed it making it a symbol of love and promising to bestow a kiss upon anyone who passes under it. When we pass under it, the kiss we receive is a holy kiss from the Mother Goddess herself!

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