What makes Christmas special to me: Oranges

When I was a child, every Christmas Eve we would put up our stockings, don on our new Christmas jammies (the only present we were allowed to open on Christmas Eve), and then head off to bed some time around 9 p.m. because if we didn't Mom told us that Santa might pass us by.

Most Christmas Eve nights I spent fitfully unable to sleep, because I was so wound up. We weren't allowed to get out of bed on Christmas morning to go see our stockings any earlier than 7 a.m., AND we were required to make sure that we were all together when we did so no one was left out. With only 3 kids that wasn't too hard and it made the anticipation and excitement even more intense as we all made sure we walked together into the living room.

Mom would give us each a big tupperware bowl or bread basket to put the contents of our stockings into as we sorted through them. When we got to the end of our stockings, there was always a wonderful orange waiting for us rounding out the toe. So to this day, the smell of an orange will take me back to memories of Christmas mornings emptying our stockings as we wore our new Christmas jammies and marveled at all the treats and trinkets Santa had brought us.

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  1. "Orange" in my culture means auspicious, lucky~!
    I think it's perfect in Christmas~!!

    Merry Christmas to you, you always bring so great photo and vision to all of us~!!! Hope you have the best Christmas holiday~!

  2. Merry Christmas, Cindy! I haven't been on the computer for a couple of days, so I am just catching up on everything. It's great to see how well Skate is doing! You can see that she now has that sparkle in her eyes:) I have read the previous post and comments and if you don't mind me saying, I think Skate has already chosen her family. Clearly she is one special little kitten; to live after what she has been through, to be taken in by such wonderful people and being treated like she has never known before. I'm not sure it would be the easier option (emotionally) for you to let her go to a new home. I don't want to be patronising, but you already know what is involved with a kitty leaving to go to a new home and from what we can see on the "Skate Updates", it sounds and looks like you have secretly made your mind up but have the "should I, shouldn't I?" thought.
    My cat, Tia, had me all to herself for 5 years before Rani came along (who is now almost 2 years old) and when I decided to keep Rani, Tia hated it. But now she tolerates Rani and the rest of the cats are fine with her. Up until earlier this year, I couldn't help thinking, "did I make the best decision to keep Rani?" Then I realised, it was the best decision and she now follows me around everywhere I go and cries if I'm not in her sight, she drives me up the wall with her naughtiness and is currently teaching Kimmie (the newest addition) all of her bad habits... and I love every single part of her! I can't even imagine my life without her now and there are no regrets. Aaw, I'm getting all teary now!
    Obviously it is a decision for you and the family and it is a particularly hard to decision to make, so I wish you all the luck in the world.
    Best Wishes, love from the kittens' mother xxx

  3. What a lovely Christmas story Cindy.

    Merry Christmas to you and Brent and to all the sweet kittycats at Rosehaven Cottage!

  4. There was always an orange in our Christmas stockings too. That still brings back wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing yours.

  5. Same here - but it was a tangerine!

  6. Cindy this reminded me my Christmas when I was a kid. I grew up in Europe, so oranges were only availabe for Xmas, very rare and not everyone could get them unless you had family overseas. Oh they always tasted so good. Anna :)


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