"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

More Christmas legends and lore...

The use of mistletoe dates back to pagan times of course, just as the Christmas tree, advent wreaths, and the use of other greenery does. It is actually a hemiparasite plant that grows upon tree trunks. It was once considered an aphrodisiac by the ancients and associated with fertility by the ancient Celts and Germans. The idea of kissing under the mistletoe originated with Saturnalia, the ancient pagan feast, and later extended into pagan marriage rites.
The custom of kissing under the mistletoe continues into modern times, although some have taken advantage of the practice and landed in jail.


  1. That photo of Ray being hauled off to jail after the last mistletoe incident warms my heart, yes it does!

  2. You always pick the BEST photos to go with your posts! :-D

    LOL @ Cathy's comments re: Ray!

  3. LeoRufus8:26 PM

    The semiotics are quite interesting in this post. Quite a chuckle. Cheers.

  4. Thanks very much Leo - wishing you a blessed Christmas.


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