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- n. A bundle of evergreen leaves or branches, typically with berries, hung up at Christmas-time, under which people may kiss.
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Occasionally, however, the dolls are arranged in the kissing-bunch to represent a manger scene.
Mistletoe is not very plentiful in Derbyshire; but, generally, a bit is obtainable, and this is carefully tied to the bottom of the kissing-bunch, which is then hung in the middle of the house-place, the centre of attraction during Christmas-tide.
These dolls generally hang within the kissing-bunch by strings from the top, and are surrounded by apples, oranges tied to strings, and various brightly coloured ornaments.
It was small and curious to her, with its glittering kissing-bunch, its evergreens behind the pictures, its wooden chairs and little deal table.
"This 'kissing-bunch' is always an elaborate affair.
[Footnote 38: Fifth series, viii.p. 481.] "The lasses have made their own special preparations, and for two or three days before Christmas Eve have been getting ready the accustomed house decorations -- short garlands of holly and other evergreens for the tops of cupboards, pictures, and other furniture -- and making up the most important decoration of all, 'the kissing-bunch.'