Mistletoe is traditionally hung in homes during the holidays for romantic pairs to share a Christmas kiss under. A classic Christmas lyric refers to “Mommy kissing Santa Claus, underneath the mistletoe last night.”
This year, the Region of Waterloo has decorated specific recreational areas and bridges in each of the Tri-Cities and counties, with the seasonally appropriate greenery and lights, so that couples can take Instagram-worthy mistletoe photos.
Cambridge in hosting its mistletoe trail stop at the centre of the pedestrian bridge in downtown Galt. Waterloo Public Square has been decorated with lights, mistletoe and greenery provided by local florists. Kitchener is hosting its location on the main bridge in Victoria Park.
In at least one instance, however, vandals ripped the mistletoe down, leaving empty red ribbons hanging overhead.
“It is outright vandalism and childish,” said Elisha Duran, who walks the park with her children to enjoy the festive lights each year. “Whoever ripped it down should be ashamed of themselves.”
Couples like Amanda Noelle and Joe Voldock improvise by bringing their own mistletoe for their puckered lip pics. Noelle and Voldock recently celebrated their anniversary with a weekend in Niagara, but couldn’t leave without taking mistletoe themed photos in the region’s popular park.
In all, there are seven mistletoe stations on Waterloo Region’s “mistletoe trail.” Smoochers are invited to post their photos on social media using the hashtag #ExploreWRMistletoe.