Where did the custom of kissing under mistletoe originate?
Ancient druids began the tradition of hanging mistletoe in homes as a way to bring good luck into the home and ward off evil spirits. In Norse mythology, mistletoe was a symbol of love and friendship. It was in England that the custom of kissing under the mistletoe began. In the original version, however, one had to pick a berry from the sprig of mistletoe before bestowing a kiss. When all the berries were gone, there could be no more kissing. Source: WhyChristmas.com
England, birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles, is a country in the British Isles bordering Scotland and Wales. The capital, London, on the River Thames, is home of Parliament, Big Ben and the 11th-century Tower of London. It’s also a multicultural, modern hub for the arts and business. Other large cities are Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol and the university centres of Oxford and Cambridge.