M is for Mistletoe – the history interpreter’s historical advent calendar

My first shift in the community shop today. Shades of how things may have been for our ancestors, when communities were self sufficient and everyone knew everyone and had time for a chat. Not for our ancestors though, struggling with a bar code scanner or the idiosyncracies of an epos till. Interesting to see what lines are popular – tooth brushes and scotch eggs are best sellers so far!

Mistletoe was used by the Druids in rituals and was seen as a fertility symbol; hence the custom of kissing under the mistletoe. It was not allowed in churches because of the pagan significance, the only exception was York Minster.

Mummers Plays
These were performed by groups of travelling players and may have origins in Saturnalia celebrations.

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