Picture this. It’s the annual holiday party at your Aunt Rudy’s house. Your cousin Emily and her new partner Jack find themselves standing beneath a sprig of mistletoe, both sporting goofy, ugly sweaters. Their faces light up with surprise and amusement as they realize their accidental position under the mistletoe. Amidst the festivities, they shared a jovial laugh and embrace the holiday spirit.
Little did they know, this seemingly harmless holiday symbol was actually a parasite, stealing life from the trees to which it clings.
Did you know that mistletoe is a parasite? Yep, the festive garland known for evoking a stolen Christmas kiss lives off of trees!
Etymology of the Holidays
Ancient Anglo-Saxons noticed that mistletoe often grows where birds leave droppings, which is how mistletoe got its name: In Anglo-Saxon, “mistel” means “dung” and “tan” means “twig,” hence, “dung-on-a-twig.”
Year Round Sightings
For customers in Jackson County, mistletoe is visible year-round in bushy green circles populating area Oak trees. The wet weather in the Portland Metro Area makes it too difficult for mistletoe to stick onto trees, making it less of a problem for that part of Oregon. Though mistletoe grows around the world. According to the National Wildlife Foundation, there are 1,300 mistletoe species worldwide. The continental United States and Canada are home to more than 30 species, and Hawaii harbors another six.
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