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201 Couples Kiss Beneath Mistletoe, Set World Record

posted: 12/15/15
by: Danny Clemens

Just in time for the holiday season, a new world record has been set for the most couples kissing under a mistletoe. At an event sponsored by Six Flags Over Georgia, 201 couples held hands and kissed for at least 10 seconds under the everybody's favorite holiday plant.

"This is the most exciting event I've been to. Everyone was so happy to participate in the record. It is a memory that will last a lifetime," said Guinness World Records Adjudicator Tavia Levy said in a news release.

In European Christianity, hanging mistletoe is thought to protect a house against both lightning and fire. Some cultures leave the decoration up year-round, but replace the mistletoe with a freshly cut specimen every Christmas Eve.

But how did we come to kiss beneath the plant? There practice appears to have roots in several different cultures. According to MentalFloss, the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe dates back to Germanic Norse mythology. To make a long story short, Norse goddess Frigg took an oath that bestowed invincibility on her son, the god Baldur. Frigg forgot, however, to protect Baldur from, of all things, the woes of mistletoe, and a dart fashioned from the plant was used to kill her son.

Per Norse mythology, the couple that kisses under the mistletoe will supposedly be forever protected from the plant's ill effects.

The practice of kissing your love beneath the mistletoe has also been traced back to the Victorian era, when the serving class allowed a man to kiss any woman who happened to be standing with him underneath of the mistletoe. If a woman refused a kiss, she would be dammed with bad luck.

Thankfully, it appears that none of the 402 lovers in Atlanta last night refused their partner's kiss.

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