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It was just an orange...but to the little boy who spotted his name printed in charcoal across the bright, orange-colored peel, it looked like Christmas! And, it was!
Years later when my Dad was relating the story about that particular Christmas and his beautiful orange, tears began to well up in my eyes;"You mean an orange was all you got for Christmas"?
"Hey, oranges were a real treat back then!" Dad hastened to explain. "Our family was poor and fruit was hard to come by; but on Christmas we'd usually get a piece of fruit that Mother sliced up in five equal parts for all of us kids, so we'd each get a taste, and a couple of walnuts. But this one particular Christmas was special! We each got a orange! I got a whole orange just for me! My very own orange!"
Well, I guess you know my brother and I NEVER complained again about our friends getting all those toys and games while we were given what our parents called "essentials of life" type presents...as in pajamas, slippers or warm mittens. Nope! We never uttered a peep!
As years went by and commercialism seemed to sap the beauty and spirit out of the Holidays; to get my perspective back, I'd ask Dad to please tell us the story about that special Christmas when he got a whole orange just for himself!
Then I could picture that little boy of long ago, eyes shining with excitement as he spotted the orange beside his plate, with his name printed on it, and I could envision him joyfully clutching his orange tightly in his little hands as the family said grace.
Dad hasn't been here for the last few Christmas's, but we have re-told his story to our children, and they in turn have told it to their children.
No, it wasn't JUST an orange, it's the magic of Christmas!
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When I was a child, we awake on Christmas to find our big brown grocery bag full with fruits, nuts and candy. This was all our Stepfather could or would give us Every Christmas. Your holiday post took me back to the child in me who wanted a doll for Christmas with tears that filled her eyes for she wanted more that her big brown bag gift.
Now I am just Thankful for the True Meaning of Christmas. Thank you Marilyn for “The Christmas Orange” Truly a Beautiful Blessing story to share with a lesson on being thankful and knowing the true “magic of Christmas!” God Bless, Helen Merry Christ_mas