During the Victoria period, tussie mussies placed inside of a doily were designed to share a message usually between lovers. Each flower or herbal sprig contained a meaning. A young lady, after receiving a tussie mussie from her suitor, would discover the meaning of the bouquet by looking up the flowers chosen for her in a book called the Tussie Dictionary. The young lady could then choose one flower to save as a keepsake or to return to her gentleman caller in response to the message the tussie mussie conveyed.
Today, when someone refers to a tussie mussie, they are talking about the small cone-shaped metal vase used to hold the nosegay or small floral bouquet – the bouquet holder. These metal vases have been designed to be easily carried, especially by brides and bridesmaids, and some even come with a small stand so that the bouquet can be displayed as a centerpiece during the reception.
(This is all borrowed from the blog, Growing and Using Herbs , a GREAT blog btw)
Many might be familiar with the use of the Tussie Mussie for May Day. A small cone of flowers hung or shared in celebration and I've been seeing more and more uses of the Mussie Tussie for Christmas decor. So, here's my take of the Mussie Tussie for Christmas.