Cameron Glover
Updated Dec 26, 2016 @ 1:07 pm
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Kissing under the mistletoe is more than just a Christmas tradition — it’s part of our pop culture experience during the holidays. You can’t watch a holiday movie, TV show, or listen to a holiday soundtrack without there being some reference to this holiday tradition.

But have you ever wondered exactly where this tradition of kissing under the mistletoe came from?

According to botanist Carlos Reif in a TED-ed Talk video, there’s a whole history behind the mythology and plant biology of the “kissing plant.”

In the video, Reif explains:

Check out the video yourself – you could always learn something new from this time-old tradition and have a fun fact or two to tell your loved one the next time you’re puckering up underneath the misletoe.