Holiday Kissing Ball – The Mistletoe Precursor



Join us in creating your very own Kissing Ball to decorate your home for the holidays. All greenery, pinecones, and berries+ are sustainably grown on Backyard Beauty’s Flower Farm in White Heath, IL. The diameter of a finished Kissing Ball is ~ 20in wide. One benefit of creating a Kissing Ball is that the center sphere can be watered throughout the holiday season, prolonging the life and enjoyment of its beauty and fragrance. All materials are included in the cost of the class and each participant will take home a Kissing Ball that is built to suit their decorative desires.

Date & Time: Saturday, November 30th 1-4pm

This workshop will be hosted at Backyard Beauty’s Farm:
1429 E 2000 N Rd White Heath, IL 61884

Registration required by Wednesday, November 27th.

History on the Holiday Kissing Ball (taken from
“A simple sprig of decorative mistletoe is a familiar prompt for a holiday kiss, but you can make your foyer extraordinary with a traditional kissing ball.

Originally, during England’s Middle Ages, “holy boughs”—made from interlocking evergreen branches and supporting figurines of baby Jesus or the holy family—graced passages. Throughout the holiday season, the holy bough hung from entryways as an omen of goodwill for embracing visitors.

After a period of unpopularity, thanks to the Puritans, Victorians brought the holy bough back from obscurity, refurbished with a new look and a new name. It now became an elaborately decorated apple or potato replete with herbs and foliage. The herbs on each “kissing ball” were not only chosen for their beauty, but also for their symbolic value. Lavender and rosemary signified loyalty and devotion, while thyme promoted courage. Mistletoe was a popular decorative choice symbolizing good fortune and fertility.

The kissing ball began to emphasize romance, rather than mere good will. Dancers waltzed under the kissing ball laced with mistletoe for a peck, and single women stood in wait for potential suitors. Eventually, sprigs of mistletoe superseded all other greenery and became the enduring symbol of holiday affection that we know today.”

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