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Mistletoe is a plant that grows on trees such as Crab Apple and Willow. It has been brought into the home since the time of the ancient Druids. It is supposed to possess mystical powers which bring good luck to the household and ward off evil spirits. When the first Christians came to Western Europe, they tried to ban the use of Mistletoe as a decoration. It is still not generally used in churches. However, its supposedly magical properties - bringing good luck, curing disease and granting fertility - means it has always featured in secular festivites. It is popular in homes and offices where it has become part of Christmas tradition.

23rd Dec 2005 by Diane Earl

Citizenship, Religious Education

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