7.12.08

sunday scribblings - tradition

Now this is a tradition I love. Hanging up a bunch of mistletoe at Christmas! I got mine yesterday and I’m eagerly awaiting my first mistletoe kiss of the season.

The priest popped round just now with a leaflet thing about Christmas services at his church, and I saw him looking at it. He had me worried for a moment I can tell you! His wasn’t the first kiss I had in mind.

I thought I’d try a write a serious composition about mistletoe (are bits of writing still called compositions like they were at school?) so I looked up on that wicki-picki-poodle thing. Wow! It was full of Latin words and ancient history. Hardly a thing about kissing! I did find out that it’s the national emblem of Oklahoma – I bet Missy gets sore lips this time of year!

So I’ll stick to what I already know. I know that you are allowed one kiss for every berry on the sprig. Some years this is good, some years this is bad and I have to buy artificial ones! One year berries kept falling off on the bus going home! What a swizz! I also know that you are supposed to remove a berry after each kiss. I don’t really hold with that tradition so I don’t stick to it. (What do you call a tradition that’s no longer a tradition? I thought of extradition but that means something completely different)

I heard on the radio today that in England we get lot of our mistletoe from France. I also heard that you have to ‘French kiss’ under French mistletoe. NO THANKS! Tongues – yuc! It’s especially bad if the kissee has been indulging in that other French tradition, chewing garlic.

That reminds me. I recently bought a lovely necklace. Well I think it’s lovely. It’s like large brown balls on a string. Someone said I looked very French so I said ‘what do you mean?’, and he said it looked like I had a string of onions around my neck. I didn’t understand, so he said ‘that’s what the traditional image of a Frenchman looks like’. I said that when I was in Paris last year I didn’t see any girls using stinky onions as jewellery.

Anyway, my sprig of mistletoe looks fantastic and I’ve been practising puckering up in front of the mirror. I’m ready lads!

Keith has written a story about me for Sunday Scribblings. I've not read it yet, I'm saving it for later. If I've done this right you can click here and find yourself there - if you see what mean

11 comments:

Giggles said...

Oh dear you do make me chuckle. The way your mind strings a path through thoughts...very innocent and sweet. I imagine the necklace is very becoming and not onion like at all....I bet you won't be kissing that guy under the mistletoe. But if you ever decide to wear some herbs around your neck make sure it's garlic to ward off vampires!

Thanks for the wonderful tidbits of information on the kissing bough!

Hugs Giggles

Missy said...

HWL....this is just fantastic. What a story and education I just received. Mistletoe grows wildly here in Oklahoma. Hangs from the trees.

There wont be much kissing for me this year unless it's a smooch from my son lol....

I am with you, a necklace of onions doesn't sound to appealing and french kissing well it has its moments but not when one has indulge in the garlic bulb.

Thanks for the laughs.

Marja said...

I enjoyed all your tidbits about the mistletoe. There are many english people here in NZ but they left the mistletoe behind I think.
What a petty or maybe not.
Hope you can make good use of yours

Lucy said...

rosey you never stop delighting me!
I love the way you think! Those lads would be craazzy if they don't start lining up!
Happy Christmas Sweet one!

Alisa said...

This was very educational. I didn't even know mistletoe had berries. Guess I never paid that much attention but I agree you shouldn't take them off. The more kisses the better I say.

Yvonne said...

LOL string of onions hahahaha...like, what is that even supposed to mean?!

French kissing is fun, btw, lol.

Shadow said...

well, i hope you get many rewarding kisses...

Acai Berry said...

oh dear you also make me chuckel. Its very fine.

jadey said...

ewww necklace from onion well maybe if there pearl onions. Anyways Rosey I love reading your stories you are too cute and just so amusing thanks for this post. Hugs to you.

Granny Smith said...

How many berries on your mistletoe this year? Do you have super-hold lipstick in case of an influx of admirers? California, too, has an abundance of mistletoe in its oak trees.

Laura Jayne said...

Oh, I didn't know that about the berries. So the whole household only gets so many kisses? Or does each person get their own sprig?