Celtic Mistletoe Lore: Five days after the first new moon following the winter solstice, Druid priests cut mistletoe with a golden sickle from a special oak tree and had to catch the mistletoe before it hit ground. The plant was distributed among the people to hang over their doors for protection against evil in the coming year.
Mistletoe was the most sacred herb of the Druids. The ancient Celts believed Mistletoe possessed miraculous healing powers and held the soul of the host tree. Because of its association with pagan ceremonies, mistletoe was banned from Christmas ceremonies by the Church.