Thursday, December 01, 2022

The Advent Jukebox, Day 1....Murder By Mistletoe.


The idea of a homemade 'song a day'-type advent calendar/juke box came to me in late November a few years ago.

And when the holiday(ish)-themed tunes began they were, essentially, lullabies for our oldest kid who was half a continent away cramming for final exams at the time.

This year, our youngest kid is across the Salish Sea doing her own cramming and final paper writing.

So, here comes this year's first offering...


From a piece over at the popculturish 'Live Science' by Lily Norton:

...The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe started in ancient Greece, during the festival of Saturnalia and later in marriage ceremonies, because of the plant's association with fertility...


...In Victorian England, kissing under the mistletoe was serious business. If a girl refused a kiss, she shouldn't expect any marriage proposals for at least the next year, and many people would snub their noses at her, remarking that she would most likely end up an old maid...

Yes, but can you actually commit murder by mistletoe?

Almost, maybe...

...(T)he plant contains toxic amines , and eating its berries can cause vomiting and stomach pain. In the past, mistletoe had been thought to be a cure for epilepsy and other ailments, but was proved false. In fact, mistletoe is probably more harmful than helpful: deaths have even been reported from drinking too much tea made from its berries.

All of which brings us to our Day 1 tune by Mr. Ian Felice...



NVG said...

'commit murder by mistletoe?'

I'm glad you wrote this RossK because here's a complete list of BC Native plants

"Trees and shrubs: food, medicinal, and poisonous plants of British Columbia
 by James R. Anderson. -- British Columbia. Dept. of Education

eg Paison; Death Camas
False Solomon's Seal
False Hellebore
Cowbane or Water-hemlock, Water-parsnip, and Poison-hemlock
Fireweed; Great Willow-herb
Western Larch; Tamarack
Cow-parsnip and Hog-fennel
Rattlesnake Plantain

NVG said...

RossK said...

Thanks NVG!


littler said...

Thanks dad!

e.a.f. said...

I did not know you could kill some one with that lovely Christmas greenery.
Note to those who are having all the famuily over for dinner: if they don't get along, use the artificial stuff.

NVG, gee if there are a bunch of murders in the province using the plants on the list, it would be interesting. So many of the gangsters in the province use guns and they do scare the neighbours. Perhaps they would consider using plants if they're fighting over market share.

Most of the plants i did not know could kill people. Good to know.

This post gave me a real laugh. thanks

RossK said...


Sure, no problem...Now...Get back to (school) work!



Not really sure about the true toxicity, but there sure has been a lot written about it.