"Kissing is a means of getting two people so close together that they can't see anything wrong with each other." — Rene Yasenek
This is the weekend when everyone, simply everyone, is expecting you to attend their party instead of the other 6 parties you've been invited to. (Honestly, I don't know why they can't just have a big, group meeting, decide to throw one enormous party and get it over with.)
It's quite all right if you forget the appetizer. Just make sure that Mistletoe is on the top of your list. Even if you're married, it's a good idea to have a little fresh Mistletoe around. Gets the party hopping. Keeps your dearly beloved on his or her toes. And, maybe, just maybe, ups the ante on the gifts that magically appear in your stocking.
Mistletoe is an odd plant and I won't get into the gory details. (Suffice to say there's a host involved and it's not the gal answering the doorbell.) Like most plants, it got it's powerful reputation for warding off evil spirits. And, it must work because I've never ever met an evil spirit - have you?
So, it started out that way and then, wonder of wonders, they found it also accurately predicts who's getting married next year and who's announcing a little bundle of joy. Bring a little sprig and get the party started.
FYI, that plastic stuff doesn't seem to be nearly so magical...