The Magic in You – Christmas At Kew


IF this picture depicts a night in Singapore… It can easily be tagged as #haunted #ghoststory #supernatural sighting, you name it. Singapore can be such a ‘haunted island’ that every spotted empty, old house is deemed to be cursed, or haunted.

Interestingly, even the leading property site such as the ‘Property Guru’ had to address locations in Singapore that are well-known to be haunted. But this picture setting that I’m talking about, is a super brilliant outdoor Art Installation IN London, thankfully. One of my favourite ‘sightings’ during a ‘night trip’ of Christmas at Kew, Royal Botanical Garden, which possessed a long history dated back in the late 13th century, but let’s not go on to that.

I would love to have something similar to this big English Oak tree with chandeliers, and a swing?


The light tunnel towards the English Oak Tree with Chandeliers art installation. Photo Credit: The Official Ticketmaster Blog

If this is not some ghost story in Singapore, then this is the superstitious Great Britain, where virtually most room or house doors do not bear the number 13. It’s a fact, and also, based on my working experience in Interior Design, once liaised with a British client, for their cooperate office signage; I was told to skip that particular number. Here in this supposedly festive mood, superstitious stuffs remain as one of those highlights.. “What happens under the mistletoe stays under the mistletoe.”


What happen was… We are of no English descent people, so we didn’t know that we’re  supposed to lodge a kiss under that supposedly parasite plant. Sure it’s beautiful, as an ornament; tied in that traditionally red ribbon. Superstition or not, kudos to me! As I learned something, and in fact, many other things from curiosity alone. I never thought that it took me another year, another country, to learn -why- in Germany, they do also hang their mistletoe upside down at their windows. I just thought, it’s just one of those, you know, plant preservation combo-idea  into one cool winter decor. Not sure if the Germans share the same belief though. My husband does not know about it.

Kissing under the mistletoe is first found associated with the Greek festival of Saturnalia and later with primitive marriage rites. They probably originated from two beliefs. One belief was that it has power to bestow fertility. It was also believed that the dung from which the mistletoe would also possess “life-giving” power. In Scandinavia, mistletoe was considered a plant of peace, under which enemies could declare a truce or warring spouses kiss and make-up. Later, the eighteenth-century English credited with a certain magical appeal called a kissing ball. At Christmas time a young lady standing under a ball of mistletoe, brightly trimmed with evergreens, ribbons, and ornaments, cannot refuse to be kissed. Such a kiss could mean deep romance or ‘s lasting friendship and goodwill. If the girl remained unkissed, she cannot expect not to marry the following year. In some parts of England the Christmas mistletoe is burned on the twelfth night lest all the boys and girls who have kissed under it never marry.

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Photo on the left, the traditional mistletoe. Photo on the right, the sculpture of the mistletoe. Now you know, why and how the poor bunch of mal-informed people like us, hard to find it interesting at all, or even tempt anyone of us to kiss under that big, bold thing; except well, the music in the background coming from another eccentric sculpture of an old record player, gave us some chill of a bygone era of romance, and lullaby.

We did spared some kisses here and there in the garden, ahem, except the mistletoe grove… Some good example of learned people as depict in the picture below via The Official Ticketmaster Blog Now that YOU are informed, you know what to do.

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Old record player & a couple kissing under the so-called mistletoe sculpture.
Me & Eden at the Mistletoe Grove, looking obliviously, oblivion.
Me & Eden at the Mistletoe Grove, looking obliviously, oblivion.

Yet, another superstitious stuffs which doesn’t tempt us to come near, because it looks like it has a sign, “Don’t Touch Me.” on it, and it is a Wishing Tree..


As twilight falls, the magic begins…

Photo Credit:
Photo Credit: The Official Ticketmaster Blog

The magical feel that they claim to be requires you to escape a bit, if you know what I mean. Think, magic. Or, if you can think of anything. Pretty much credits to the Nutcracker song – Dance of the Sugar Plum Fair, that more or less wrap the essence of the illuminating journey at its very beginning, and towards the end of the trail walk.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (May 7, 1840 — November 6, 1893) was a Russian composer of the Romantic era.

Romanticism (also the Romantic era or the Romantic period) was an artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century and in most areas was at its peak in the approximate period from 1800 to 1850. Partly a reaction to the Industrial Revolution, it was also a revolt against the aristocratic social and political norms of the Age of Enlightenment and a reaction against the scientificrationalization of nature.

Zophia Omera enjoying the ride of her life.
Zophia Omera enjoying the ride of her life.
The humongous tree that we thought look like a giant cauliflower, by night.
The humongous tree that we thought look like a giant cauliflower, by night.
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Don’t they look like Halloween?
An evening well spent with the first two couple we knew in London before they're off for Christmas, in Germany.
An evening well spent with the couple we first knew in London before they’re off for Christmas, in Germany.
Wish you an enjoyable weekend!

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -Emerson

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