Monday, November 26, 2007

Must be Mistletoe

"From the centre of the ceiling of this kitchen, old Wardle had just suspended with his own hands a huge branch of mistletoe, and this same branch of mistletoe instantaneously gave rise to a scene of general and most delightful struggling and confusion; in the midst of which, Mr. Pickwick, with a gallantry that would have done honour to a descendant of Lady Tollimglower herself, took the old lady by the hand, led her beneath the mystic branch, and saluted her in all courtesy and decorum."
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
After the leaves fell from our maple tree, a clump was left near the top. I have decided it must be mistletoe.

Mistletoe, a parasitic plant that is toxic to humans but provides nutrition for birds, butterflies and some mammals, is traditionally used at Christmas above a doorway so that anyone caught standing under it might get kissed.


Isadora said...

:) It is! Who do you know with a saw on a stick (they do have them) who could cut it down for you for your very own Christmas decor. It would be a shame to let it go to waste.

Steve Buser said...

Surely, as Santa has ever lived, it is mistletoe.
--steve buser
New Orleans Daily Photo

JoAnn - NL "My digital eyes" :) said...

Hi Selma,
I never saw a mistletoe in reall but know the story (be kissed under that tree) from TV, hahaha Now you showed his on your blog thanks I learned again something:)

smilnsigh said...


I've never seen it for real, either.

From a distance, it might be thought of as an abandoned bird's nest...