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Friday, December 3, 2010


A Conversation with Mistletoe

Greetings all, I am Mistletoe. You know me--the green plant with white berries you most often see at Christmas time. My association with Christmas arises because I am an evergreen and will remain green even in the dead of winter, but you can see me all year if you know where to look. Mainly on apple and oak trees.

Most often, people hang me or one of my relatives from chandeliers or above doorways so gentlemen can kiss their sweethearts. Ah, Christmas love. I thoroughly enjoy my role as Christmas matchmaker.

I enjoy it so much, that I am the hero of Linda Banche’s Mistletoe Everywhere. What, you say? How can a plant be a romance hero? Isn’t Sir Charles Gordon the hero? Well, he thinks he is, but my name is in the title, not his. And I have the pivotal role in the story.

In any event, how can the didactic Charles be the hero? He never again wants to see the lovely Penelope because she jilted him. Or so he says. Meanwhile, according to Penelope, Charles withdrew his marriage proposal after she had accepted. While I have no intention of taking sides, something havy cavy is going on.

Although I am best known as a Christmas fertility symbol, I have another persona as the plant of peace. In medieval times, enemies who met under the mistletoe had to lay down their weapons and call a truce for twenty-four hours. This ceasing of hostilities afforded them a chance to talk out their differences rather than resorting to violence.

Can either of my identities help Charles and Penelope? I flatter myself that I am just the plant to do it. As luck, or perhaps, design would have it, I am on the scene as both fertility symbol and plant of peace in Mistletoe Everywhere.

Let me see if I can reunite these erstwhile lovers.

Thank you all,


As told to Linda Banche

Welcome to My World of Historical Hilarity! Linda Banche writes Regency romances. Like many other authors, she read romances for years before she wrote her own. Once she tried, she quickly discovered how difficult writing is. But she didn't stop. She's persistent--that's French for "too stupid to quit".

She also likes humor, and has blended Regency and humor into stories that can elicit reactions from a gentle smile to a belly laugh. And because she prefers something a bit out of the ordinary, sometimes her stories have a touch of paranormal or fantasy.


Sarah J. McNeal said...

Cute blog, Linda. I like the idea of Mistletoe playing the role of Cupid. I wish you every success with your new Christmas tale Mistletoe Everywhere.

Maeve said...

I loved this post! When I was a girl, I can remember my uncle going out with his shotgun and trying to shoot enough branches out of the oak tree so, the wild mistletoe would fall to the ground and my grandmother could hang it in her house. Yes. I know. But trust me, it's kind of a southern thing. ;-)

Linda Banche said...

Thanks, Sarah. My Mistletoe does make a good good Cupid.

Thanks, Maeve. I suppose your father's method is one way of gathering mistletoe. In Regencies, we usually have the men climbing the trees to gather it.

marybelle said...

Way to go Mistletoe.

Cate Masters said...

Wonderful post, Linda! Er, Mistletoe! :) We hang a mistletoe ball inside our door each Christmas time. It's a nice excuse to get extra kisses!

Linda Banche said...

Thanks, marybelle.

Cate, Mistletoe and I thank you, too. You have the right idea for mistletoe. Mistletoe is nodding, too. *g*