Kissing under the mistletoe at the North Pole in 1830

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Image courtesy of Lewis Walpole Library

The custom of kissing under the mistletoe has its origins in Norse myth and is still practised today.  In the Georgian era, when a sprig of mistletoe was hung up, a berry had to be picked off for every kiss taken and when there were no more berries left then there could be no more kisses under it, but the berries are poisonous so we don’t recommend a return to this method of limiting kisses.  However, when this custom was practised the bunch of mistletoe hung in the North Pole tavern on Oxford Street in London during the Christmas of 1830 obviously did have a few berries left.

Christmas mistletoe from A Curious Herbal, 1782

Mistletoe, print from A Curious Herbal, 1782

MARLBOROUGH-STREET – KISSING UNDER THE MISTLETOE.

William Duncan, a young man of respectable appearance, was yesterday brought before the Presiding Magistrates, J.E. CONANT and T. HALL, Esqrs., charged…

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