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>>Oh what is with the oranges. I never heard of oranges for Christmas.

Oranges are a big Christmas tradition with a lot of folks and it dates back hundreds, maybe thousands of years. St. Nicholas, as legend has it, during his time as a bishop heard of a family in desperate need. The family had three daughters and their father could not provide any dowry for his daughter to marry. Without a dowry she was destined to a barren life as a spinster. And having three daughters meant his problem was compounded.

The situation was so bad that he considered selling his oldest daughter into slavery just to have the means for a meager dowry for his two remaining daughters.

Word of his situation reached Bishop Nicholas, who in the dead of night donned his red-hooded cloak and tucked his long white beard inside of it and brought to the man and his family a small portion of gold to resolve the issue.

The legend is told many ways. Some say he merely left it on the porch. Others say he threw it up over the chimney when it landed in the girl's stocking as it hung by the fire to dry. Some say it wasn't a bag of gold but rather a ball of gold that he left in the toe of her stocking.

The orange is symbolic of the Bishop's gold and that is why many, through the years and even today, give oranges or, more importantly, put the orange in the toe of the stocking.

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Thanks for the story, Jeff. I don't think my mother is aware of it. She claims she placed the tiny oranges in our stockings to weigh them down a bit and to eat so we wouldn't fill up merely on chocolates, cookies and assorted nuts.

The first or second time I received them, I enjoyed them so much that I asked for them in my letter to Santa. Isn't that a hoot.
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8) I agree that it wouldn't be Christmas without a Christmas Tree adorned with pretty lights and decorations. When I was younger, I loved tinsel - I thought it looked very expensive and that we were the wealthiest people in town.
Tinsel is great if you are decorating a Real Christmas Tree, but if your tree is artificial, I find it much too difficult to work with. I use garland for artificial trees. Lately, I have gone with blue and silver wide ribbon instead so that my ornaments are more visible.
And yes, the music and the special films and the trivia are wonderful highlights too.
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My.. I really can't pick one thing! It's just...everything that comes with it. The whole package together makes everything so incredibly magical. But I'd have to say, either the decorations or the carols. The roaring fireplace, the traditional carols playing, hot chocolate in a mug, friends all around you, the lights twinkling everywhere, the warmth, the snow outside...amazing.
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I agree with you Stargazer. There's not one thing that I could pick. It's all one big package. Well, if I had to choose I would say the spirit. It certainly isn't Christmas if you don't have the spirit.

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my family!!! I like the Christmas tree and the decorations and all, but really, it's not Christmas without my family. They make my holidays beautiful.
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