Mistletoe


Since I was little I have always had an infatuation with obtaining facts about the world around me.  Understanding the balance of nature and the ever rotating circle of life that occurs around you is essential for appreciating it.  While most little girls were huddled around their Barbies and ponies I was absorbed in my research and creating mini books full of facts and illustrations.  

 

Mistletoe has a bit of a romantic connotation that was developed long ago in relation to the Christmas holiday.  If a boy happened to catch a girl under the bushel of hanging greenery he had the pleasure of kissing her.  This has become the mistletoe's claim to fame and is much more flattering than parasitic plant!  If you do not already know this mistletoe is actually a parasite of sorts.  It attaches to it's hosts near the limbs where it then feeds off the nutrients intended and collected by the tree.  It can become so consuming that it can actually damage the tree to the point of death.  Not so romantic huh?

Needless to say I have no remorse when it comes to picking baskets full of the stuff.  I like to think that the tree is sighing in relief and gratitude with each clump I remove.  One of my favorite trees has an especially bad case of the mistle-woes and we spent the good majority of the morning removing all we could reach.  Once my basket was full I climbed down to discover that the root soil was covered in mushrooms which is not a good sign for my mighty oak.  


It's a sad reminder that this massive tree may not be with us for much longer.  As a token of my appreciation for the tree I picked them too.  May not do much to help it at this point but I'd like to think my message will still be heard.  So this Christmas season spread a little glee to a tree and pick some mistletoe!   

Jacket - Hot Box Betty in Oregon :: Jeans - Forever 21 :: Shoes - BAIT Footwear :: Socks - Dollar Score

Love & Lollies...



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11 comments:

  1. Totally cute as always! I love that coat and those shoes are sooooo adorable :)

    Xo
    Eeka

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  2. This post is lovely, I really hope the tree is ok. Love your red coat xo

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  3. Lovely post. I was an outdoors girl too and didn't care much for barbies. I think I learnt a lot more outside!

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    Molly
    thecottagediaries.blogspot.co.nz

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    1. Agreed! There is so much to be explored all around us.

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  4. Great post with BEAUTIFUL pictures! I have always loved mistletoe and find it shocking so many people have no clue it's a parasitic fungus! LOVE that jacket!

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    1. Right? I think we would just rather think of it in it's romantic holiday image. xo

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  5. New follower to your blog... first off, love your blue hair. Second off, love your socks. Third off, love your pictures.

    Summer x

    ohsummercandy.blogspot.com

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  6. You know, Jessa...you're a good writer! :) very interesting, didn't know that about mistletoe! I also love your hair with that jacket!



    x Angie (www.sundaybelle.com)

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    1. Aw, thanks Angie! That is such a wonderful compliment. I have been trying to wear more red recently as it is the one color I have been having issues embracing. xo

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  7. Thanks for the fun facts! I had no idea and, sadly, probably couldn't even identify mistletoe on a tree if I saw it. I'll keep my eyes open this season though! :)

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