Christmas card, Anonymous

Christmas card, Anonymous

'Fair Mistletoe...'
Christmas card
Anonymous
Published Marcus Ward & Co
Britain
19th century
Chromolithograph
Museum no. 29324.25

The tradition of kissing beneath the mistletoe originates in an old Norse practice of warring enemies calling truce under mistletoe, completing their pledge with a kiss. This kiss symbolised an exchange of souls. Apart from encouraging peace and reconciliation, mistletoe was believed to have medicinal and healing properties.

This card can be found in Print Room Box 3.