When I think of mistletoe, I think of kissing. We all do. The song “I Saw Mama Kissing Santa Claus” immediately comes to mind. The origin of the mistletoe tradition is interesting. Mistletoe is actually a parasite that grows on tree branches. It feeds on bird droppings. The word literally means “dung twig.” It might seem a bit crude, but the early Anglo-Saxons saw mistletoe as a symbol of God’s power to create something beautiful out of something ugly and useless.
To put it in common language, God can make something beautiful out of the “mistle” in our lives. You know, the “poop”. The bad stuff, in other words. When trials come into our lives, the Bible says that we are to rejoice because God is testing us and producing patience in us.
For hundreds of years, people of faith kissed under the mistletoe, not only to express their love for each other, but their love for God as well.
Find some mistletoe to kiss someone under. As you kiss, thank God for the “bird droppings” in your life that He has made into something beautiful.