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