Hurrah for the mistletoe, hang it on high,
And with the past year let all grievances die:
Come, brother, your hand - nay, refuse it not now,
But pledge me in love 'neath the mistletoe bough.
Hurrah for the mistletoe! hang it above -
Emblem of happiness, friendship, and love,
Come, sister, forget all your grievances now,
With a kiss given under the mistletoe bough.
Hurrah for the mistletoe! Hang it about:
No quarrels within, and no quarrels without!
Come, laddies and lassies, no shallying now,
But a kiss and a yes 'neath the mistletoe bough.
Cassell's Illustrated Family Paper
South Essex Advertiser 23rd December 1865
Victorian Christmas postcard. Wikimedia Commons
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