Christmas Kissing: How Mistletoe Became a Kissing Cue

Christmas Kissing: How Mistletoe Became a Kissing Cue

A lot of people decorate with mistletoe around Christmas, hanging it from the ceiling or over a door. Mistletoe is more than just a holiday decoration, though—it’s also a cue for smooching. People offer kisses to those who stand or walk under it. Have you ever wondered why, though? How did mistletoe come to be associated with kissing anyway? Here’s what we know.

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Why Do We Kiss Under Mistletoe?

Why Do We Kiss Under Mistletoe?

Many of us decorate with mistletoe around the Christmas holiday. It's often hung from the ceiling or over a door, with kisses offered to those who stand under it. Have you ever wondered why, though? How did mistletoe come to be associated with kissing anyway? Here’s a look at what we know, along with some other interesting trivia about what is widely considered to be the sexiest and most romantic Christmas symbol.

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From Fertility Symbol to Cancer Treatment: What You Don’t Know About Mistletoe

From Fertility Symbol to Cancer Treatment: What You Don’t Know About Mistletoe

A lot of people decorate with mistletoe around the Christmas holiday. Many hang it from the ceiling or over a door and offer kisses to those who stand under it. But have you ever wondered why? How did mistletoe come to be associated with kissing in the first place? Here’s what we know, along with some other interesting trivia about what many consider to be the most romantic Christmas symbol.

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The Seasons of Sex: A Look at Sex Trends in December

The Seasons of Sex: A Look at Sex Trends in December

Generally speaking, people have more sex in the summer than they do in the winter [1]—however, it turns out that December is the exception to the winter sex slump. Evidence from multiple studies shows that sexual activity appears to rise this month, especially in that week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. 

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Red Is More Than A Holiday Color—It’s Also A Sexual Signal

Red Is More Than A Holiday Color—It’s Also A Sexual Signal

Red is one of the most common colors associated with Christmas. From Santa’s suit to Rudolph’s nose to that tacky sweater Grandma gave you last year, red is everywhere during the holiday season. Red is much more than just a holiday color, though; in fact, scientists believe that it’s also a sexual signal all year round.

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‘Tis The Season For… Risky Sex?

‘Tis The Season For… Risky Sex?

Research has found that one of the biggest seasonal peaks in sexual activity occurs around the winter holidays. This makes sense because this time of year offers more opportunities for sex than usual. Part of the reason for this is because many people end up taking extended vacations—but another reason is because people attend a lot of holiday parties that seem to get them in the mood for more than just eggnog. For instance, a recent national U.S. survey by Trojan Condoms and Harris Interactive revealed that 24% of Americans reported hooking-up as a result of an office holiday party at least once before. However, it is important to recognize that while people may be having more sex over the winter holidays, they aren’t necessarily practicing safer sex.

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All I Want For Christmas Is Some Safe Sex

So this is Christmas, and what have you done? In all likelihood, you’ve probably had some sex. Research has found that there are seasonal peaks in sexual activity, with one of the biggest spikes occurring right around the Christmas holiday [1]. In a lot of ways, this makes sense. Most people are off work for a couple of days and college students are out of school for a couple of weeks. Without the stress and distraction of deadlines and homework, people have more time and energy to, ahem, get busy. However, it turns out that while people are having lots of holiday sex, it appears that they aren’t having very safe sex, which may result in some unexpected outcomes.
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