The Door into Summer

Are you enjoying the holidays? Things finally started getting cold here in New England. My cats, who *always* want to go out (unless they are already out, in which case they want to come in), seem to think I make it cold just to annoy them. They give me the dirtiest looks as I open the door to let them outside. They want to go out into summer!

Have you put your mistletoe in the doorway yet? We can thank the Druids for this custom. They called the herb “all_heal” and considered it sacred. They hung it in the doorway of their homes to protect it from evil spirits and create a sanctuary where a kiss of peace could be exchanged. In Victorian times, every kiss required the plucking of a white berry. When the berries were gone, lovers were out of luck.