Ritual of Oak and Mistletoe

Druids Inciting the Britons to Oppose the Landing of the Romans – from Cassell's History of England, Vol. I Wikimedia Commons

Twas the night before Christmas and deep in the woods, a sacrifice was planned by the Gauls and their Druids… Yes, in this holiday episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the curious biology of everyone’s favorite smooch-inducing tree parasite -- as well as some of its alleged magic powers and scientifically-studied properties.

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