We all know that Disneyland bills itself as “The Happiest Place on Earth”, so that moniker is taken. But I think I may have discovered the “Kissingest Place on Earth”! Now, which would YOU rather have: happy or kissing? I may have to mull that one over, too, but it seems to me that the two often go hand in hand!
The Kissingest Place on Earth is not the Eiffel Tower. It’s not Niagara Falls, in spite of the many honeymoons spent there. I think it is at Turtle Beach, outside of Manteca, CA.
Why do I saw such a crazy thing? Well, because of the mistletoe that’s all over in the trees around here. Here’s some stuff you may not have known about mistletoe, courtesy of Wikipedia:
“In cultures across pre-Christian Europe, mistletoe was seen as a representation of divine male essence (and thus romance, fertility and vitality).
“According to Pliny the Elder, the Celts considered it a remedy for barrenness in animals and an antidote to poison.
“When Christianity became widespread in Europe after the 3rd century AD, the religious or mystical respect for the mistletoe plant was integrated to an extent into the new religion. In some way that is not presently understood, this may have led to the widespread custom of kissing under the mistletoe plant during the Christmas season. The earliest documented case of kissing under the mistletoe dates from 16th century England, a custom that was apparently very popular at that time.
“Winston Graham reports a Cornish tradition that mistletoe was originally a fine tree from which the wood of the Cross was made, but afterwards it was condemned to live on only as a parasite.”
Without further ado, here’s photographic evidence of this happy, kissing place! (And yes, I have kissed my lovely bride under the mistletoe…more than once!!! Just look at all that mistletoe!!
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