Being a romantic at heart, I haven’t been “caught” under the stuff myself and honestly, I hope to – one day. If not, I’ll live.
I had to laugh at this year’s marketing campaign with Caribou – they have napkins with pictures of mistletoe on them. In case you need mistletoe at a moment’s notice! It’s charming, romantic and full of nostalgia, but there is so much more to mistletoe that what we think:
In Scandinavia, mistletoe has an ancient association with peace and reconciliation. Perhaps meeting under the mistletoe for a kiss was a result of this tradition.
In a world ravaged by revenge, vengeance and retribution, Christmas is the perfect time to resurrect themes of reconciliation. Christmas is about bridging the divide between earth and heaven; the way it was meant to be. Christmas is about seeing and celebrating the presence of divinity and sacredness in everyday life. It’s about God and humanity in a restored relationship. Christ came to reconcile us with God.
And from a biological standpoint, mistletoe is known as a keystone species in that it has a disproportionately pervasive influence over its community. That is a fabulous association for Christmas, for the church and for Christianity. We, too, are to have a similar influence over our communities working for justice, peace and community as we spread God’s gospel – His LOVE – to those around us.