Popularity of some Christmas traditions dwindling

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Popularity of Some Christmas Traditions Dwindling



Ever hung a pickle on your Christmas tree? Shared a kiss under mistletoe? Did you put up Christmas lights this year? One of these is apparently going out of style.

And it's that smooch. A survey by a supermarket out of the U.K. says only one out of seven people shared a kiss under mistletoe last year.

And for anyone under 35 — over 70 percent of us have nevertaken part in that holiday tradition.

One Christmas tradition that isn't going anywhere: The Rockefeller Center tree lighting:
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Popularity of some Christmas traditions dwindling
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: A view of Rockefeller Center Tree moments after lighting during the 83rd Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting 2015 on December 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/WireImage)
People watch as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit during a ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in New York. The Norway Spruce tree stands at about 78 feet tall and is lit with over 40,000 multi-colored LED lights. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: A view of atmosphere before the tree is lit during the 83rd Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting 2015 on December 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Musician Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry is seen performing during pre-tape performance for NBC's 83rd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: A general view of atmosphere during pre-tape performances for NBC's 83rd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: A view of the Swarovski Star ot top of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree during pre-tape performances for NBC's 83rd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Tenor Andrea Bocelli is seen performing during pre-tape performance for NBC's 83rd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Musicians Neil Perry, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry of The Band Perry are seen performing during pre-tape performance for NBC's 83rd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Tenor Andrea Bocelli is seen performing during pre-tape performance for NBC's 83rd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Singers Charity Daw and Mark McGrath of Band of Merrymakers are seen performing during pre-tape performance for NBC's 83rd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
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There are Druid, Viking and Greek stories behind mistletoe. In a popular Viking tale, a god named Balder was killed with an arrow tipped with mistletoe. Balder's mother brought him back to life and the tears she cried turned the mistletoe berries white. Then, it was said no more harm could happen by mistletoe, and only kisses could take place underneath it, as a sign of love.

But mistletoe isn't the only tradition dying out like embers in that fireplace you probably also never use.
The tradition of sending Christmas cards is dwindling, too. In 1995, Americans bought 2.7 billion holiday cards, according to the Greeting Card Association. In 2011, it was just 1.5 billion.

Other traditions, like putting up a Christmas tree, still seem to be going strong, though.

And you can even have some fun with that — pink tree, anyone?

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