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One of the standard tropes in movies, songs, television shows, books, basically in all of media, is kissing under the mistletoe at Christmastime. If popular media is any guide, half the world got their first kiss under some mistletoe (while the other half got it playing Spin the Bottle). It’s so common that it makes me feel a little weird that I’ve never, not even once, kissed anyone while standing or sitting under mistletoe. As I think about it, I’m not even sure I’ve ever seen mistletoe anywhere where I might have a chance of being underneath it.

Am I unusual? Do other people kiss under the mistletoe? It seems like a weird thing to do. I don’t kiss many people. And the only people I do kiss are people whom I’m in a very specific type of relationship with. I think it would make me a creep if I kissed anyone else, mistletoe or no.

How did this become a thing in the first place? If anyone out there has tried it, is it any different than any other kiss? TV has been known to lie, but it makes it seem like I’m missing out.

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