Orange Pomanders: The Scent of Christmas

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“A big orange and some fresh pine boughs and ‘Silent Night’ are all I need, and cookies, of course.  They are the strings that when I pull on them, I pull up the complete glittering storybook Christmases of my childhood.” Garrison Keillor

The tradition of oranges at Christmas is thought to have originated with St Nicholas who placed gold in the poor people’s shoes in what is today Turkey.  Oranges are thought to be a symbolic interpretation of that tradition since the fruit was an exotic and rare treat.  The orange’s segments are a symbol of being able to share your wealth with others.  My maman who grew up in poverty, one of 15, in depression era Québec, remembers the joy of receiving a single orange in her worn stocking hung with hope, Christmas Eve. Continue reading