Mount Vernon Kissing Ball Ornament
In the 18th century, images of main public rooms in English homes depict a large cluster of mistletoe hanging in the center. At Christmas time, a young lady standing under a mistletoe "kissing ball", brightly trimmed with evergreens, ribbons, and ornaments, could not refuse to be kissed. Such a kiss could mean deep romance or lasting friendship and goodwill. If the girl remained un-kissed, she could not expect to marry the following year. On the twelfth night of Christmas, the evergreen ball was often burned to ensure true love would prevail.
Flat metal ornament is 3" in diameter and is packed in a red keepsake box. Red ribbon for hanging with a small "Mount Vernon" oval also included.