Old-fashioned Mistletoe and Candy Kiss Decoration

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Wednesday, December 11, 1912:  Miss Wesner was down to stay overnight, and go home tomorrow morning.

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Source: Ladies Home Journal (December, 1912)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Helen (Tweet) Wesner was a friend of Grandma and her sister Ruth. Was it really a good idea for Tweet to visit?  The previous day , Grandma wrote in her diary that she had pink eye.

Setting health issues aside—

What did the girls do? Maybe they were hoping for a holiday romance and made a mistletoe and candy kiss decoration to hang in a doorway. It was featured in the December, 1912 issue of Ladies Home Journal.

Mistletoe is the classic symbol of Christmas romances—and anyone who stands under the mistletoe is supposed to get kissed.

Here are the directions in the magazine:

Candy kisses for all under the mistletoe bough. Wrap the kisses separately  in paraffin and tissue paper, and then tie them in clusters with ribbon.

A hundred years ago candy kisses could refer to any small candy–though .Hershey’s kisses have been around since 1907.

Paraffin and tissue paper is an old term for waxed paper. Based on the picture, it looks like it night have been available in several colors back then.

9 Responses

  1. That is so cute! I would like to make one today!

  2. I like the idea of hanging candy Kisses. Maybe I’ll try that.

  3. Sometimes the old ways are the best ways. And I think it’s wonderful that you find these 1912 ideas that your grandma may have adopted. You are bringing the past into the present ad it’s a lovely journey.

  4. Hey, why didn’t I think of that…you don’t always want to smooch everyone you happen to meet under that darn mistletoe…just saying. Thanks for tip.

  5. Ooh, I like this! I’d love to make one.

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