November 29, 2011
Green Santa, Michael Pritchard, wearing a crown of mistletoe and holly, walks among this year's crop of mistletoe at the annual Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Auction in Tenbury Wells, England. Ancient druids believed mistletoe had magical properties because of the way it grows, never touching the ground and without taking nourishment from the earth. Tenbury Wells has been the traditional mistletoe capital for over 150 years. Druids blessed this year's crop before buyers put their bids in for the festive plant. The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe at Christmas comes from the belief that mistletoe aids fertility.