Around the 19th century, Christians began hanging stockings over the mantle or other handy spaces. These were filled with little goodies and often included an orange. In today’s consumer economy, such a humble item might be greeted with as much enthusiasm as a lump of coal. In yesteryear, the item was considered a delicacy and a much desired treasure. Reviving this tradition could help stretch the budget during the holidays and provide a delicious treat that might not be enjoyed every day. The Christmas orange has generations of appearances. A child or adult finding an orange in Christmas stocking goodies may not be common today, but once was a treasured gift, especially for recipients in colder climes. Citrus was not common, and before modern transportation, it rarely made an appearance in groceries. Most citrus is ready to pick in winter, so it was in season. If one were lucky enough […]
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