Mistletoe Meaning and Definition 1. (n.) A parasitic evergreen plant of Europe (Viscum album), bearing a glutinous fruit. When found upon the oak, where it is rare, it was an object of superstitious regard among the Druids. A bird lime is prepared from its fruit.
'Mistletoe,' said Luna dreamily, pointing at a large clump of white berries placed almost over Harry's head. He jumped out from under it. 'Good thinking,' said Luna seriously. 'It's often infested with nargles.'" (J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
To us South Africans - who have only seen plastic, artificial mistletoe – the real thing is rather thrilling. We came across some sprigs for sale at Tulley’s Farm, and bought a bunch. Rather extravagant, but deliciously exciting! This resulted in me looking up meanings and history of mistletoe.
We shall use our mistletoe for a little bit of childhood fairytale magic in our home at Christmas.