History of mistletoe
Mistletoe has its origins in pagan times. It was held sacred by the Druids and was said to protect babies from evil if placed above cradles. In France it is the Herbe de la Croix, thought to be the wood from which Christ’s cross was made.
Where the kissing comes in is a little bit of a grey area apart from the fact that it is supposed to aid fertility and was linked to the ancient festival of Saturnalia in December. As festive tradition dictates when two people meet underneath the mistletoe they are obliged to kiss. You are supposed to remove a berry for each kiss.