IT’S official – Scarborough people still love a festive kiss under the mistletoe!
The town’s florists have been selling lots of sprigs on the run-up to the big day, with customers of all ages wanting to take part in the tradition.
Scarborough Sixth Form Student Andrew McNulty, 18, and his girlfriend Jade McGrath, 17, said they think it’s great that people still buy mistletoe.
Andrew added: “It’s brilliant. We had some the other day at college – it’s a great tradition.”
Stocks of the well-loved plant have been selling well at Blooms in Victoria Road.
Shop owner Kath Warburton said: “We’ve been here 28 years and the sales of mistletoe have been steady all that time - they’ve never gone down.
“We’ve sold loads in the last couple of weeks, possibly for people’s Christmas parties.
“We always have it in every year. It’s a nice tradition and is very popular.”
Blooms has had local suppliers providing mistletoe this year from Scalby, Driffield and York.
Kate Ward, a partner at Louise florist in Huntriss Row, said: “It’s always popular.
“At Christmas people tend to stick to the traditional things such as holly, ivy and mistletoe.
“Customers of all ages have been buying it, normally to go in their own arrangements at home.”
Jodie Newton, owner of Jasmine’s florist in Albemarle Crescent, said mistletoe can be difficult to get hold of, but that after securing stock this year it had proved very popular.
She said: “Everyone has been buying it, young and old. We’ve just got a few bits left.”
This year a Scarborough kiss under the mistletoe is costing around £2 a bunch, which is the same as last year.
However, Kath Warburton, explained that this is thanks to the availability among local suppliers.
She said: “If we’d have had to buy from Holland, the cost would have been sky high.
“They’ve had a lot of trouble producing it this year, so it’s good we have suppliers closer to home.”
The tradition is thought to have started in 18th century England, when a “kissing ball” was created from mistletoe.
It was said that if a young lady stood underneath the mistletoe ball at Christmas, she could not refuse to be kissed.