Irish Christians once feared mistletoe…

…because the ancient Celts had viewed it a an extremely powerful plant with amazing powers of healing. The Christians who came to dominance in Ireland after the Celts actually banned mistletoe for centuries because it was seen as such a potent symbol of paganism. It wasn’t until the Victorian “revival of Christmas” in the 19th century that mistletoe came back into wide use as a holiday decoration in Ireland.

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