Kissing is a really big deal, according to science. And kissing is a really fun thing to do, according to us. Whether you鈥檙e recently single and embracing it or basically living with your S.O., all the festive holiday parties this time of year fill your heart with cheer 鈥 which is where mistletoe comes in. We all know that standing under a sprig means getting a kiss, but did you also know that tradition claims 鈥渁ny woman under the mistletoe cannot refuse a kiss鈥 and that 鈥渁 single woman who is not kissed under the mistletoe will remain single for the next year?鈥 Ugh, as if. Since modern mistletoe superstitions are super lame, we created our own mistletoe kissing checklist for the holiday party season. Pucker up! Or don鈥檛 鈥 you do you, girl.

Kissing under the mistletoe

Mistletoe History 101

Mistletoe鈥檚 romantic connections date back to the first century, when Druids revered the plant as a symbol of fertility since it could blossom even in the dead of winter. There鈥檚 also a Norse legend that tells how Loki, god of evil, killed Balder, god of the sun, with a mistletoe arrow. Frigg, goddess of love and Balder鈥檚 mother, was heartbroken, and myth has it that her tears turned into the white berries of the mistletoe bush. The gods were eventually able to bring Balder back to life and in her joy, Frigg proclaimed that no harm could befall anyone standing under a mistletoe bush.

6 Mistletoe聽DOS AND DON鈥橳S

1. Spring for a fresh sprig. Hostesses, opt for fresh mistletoe instead of those artificial stand-ins. No one wants to accept a real kiss under fake foliage! But be aware, mistletoe can be toxic to pets, so keep it out of reach of your pooch.

2. Loitering is for skaterbois at 7-11. We鈥檙e not sure why your crush is insisting on taking their sweet time making the rounds around the room either, but that doesn鈥檛 mean you should linger by the mistletoe until they arrive by your side. Mingle, be merry and let that sweet mistletoe kiss happen spontaneously.

3. Fresh breath is festive breath. Pop a candy cane post-spinach artichoke dip if you鈥檙e looking for a lip lock under the mistletoe. This tip pulls double duty when you鈥檙e inevitably met by your close-talking aunt at the punch bowl.

4. Mistletoe kissing is not mandatory. If you find yourself standing side-by-side under the mistletoe with your boss, a stranger, or literally anyone you鈥檙e not trying to smooch, try an air kiss, hug, handshake, high five or a shoulder shrug instead.

5. Traveling mistletoe is a no-go. Call us purists, but mistletoe is meant to hang from a doorway 鈥 any other method is null and void in our book. Just say no to those cheeky officemates with mistletoe printed shirts and bar bros with the 鈥榯oe attached to their hats. Boy, bye.

6. Give a kiss; remove a berry. Traditional mistletoe etiquette calls for the man to remove a berry from the bush after each kiss. Once all the berries are picked, kisses are no longer allowed under that mistletoe. But, you know, since this is 2016 and all, we give any consenting adult the right to remove those mistletoe berries.

We鈥檙e curious: If you鈥檝e found love underneath the mistletoe, tweet us @BritandCo and tell us your Christmas story!

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