A reminder

This morning I ate a mandarin orange.  When I was little, these were called fondly “Japanese oranges” since they literally came from Japan.  Then we only could buy them at Christmas time.  A box of these mandarins were a special treat and were meted out one at a time by my mother.  There was always one in our Santa stocking.

Now, I begin to buy the early boxes of these mandarins from China early – as early as they begin to be sold in boxes in the stores.  But they are no longer the huge treat they once were.  One can buy them almost any time of the year – or a similar type of orange.  I still love them but I doubt they will create for my children the memories that I still associate with them.  Still, I love them.

They feel good to me as I eat them! “Christmas is coming soon,” they say to me. A good reminder of good things to come.

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  1. Yes, I know what you mean. There is always an orange wrapped in green paper at the toe of our stockings on Christmas morning. And while I like that we cna eat them a bit more often during the year (though they never taste as good as around Christmas time), I like their Christmas tradition. Kind of like me and eating Toffifee when I decorate the Christmas tree (except for the year Marc said they were a “waste of money”). 🙂

  2. Linea

    Toffifee is never a waste of money!

  3. SharonK

    A Japanese orange in the toe of the stocking…..just thinking about that gives me a good, warm feeling….’cause by the time you reached the toe, you wwould have received many goodies like Cracker Jacks, a little puzzle, an apple, various nuts, jube jubes, a coloring book and crayons and a little plastic stocking hanging outside our sock filled with various mini games and toys, not to mention the big candy cane hanging there too. I love those memories….I hope our kids do too.