I filled the lanterns with these glittery pinecones. I love the silvery sparkle.
My mom gave me these little angels. I remember them sitting on our Christmas table with red candles as a child.
I wanted to incorporate greenery, so why not stick a Christmas cactus on the mantel? I'm allergic to many other plants, including pine.
If you are interested in this painting, you can read more about it here.
I have always received an orange in the toe of my Christmas stocking. This is a tradition that I have continued with my children...they each get a big orange in their stockings. I always assumed that every child received an orange, until I discovered that my husband and his family never did this tradition in their family.
I was never really sure why we got an orange. I think my mom said that the tradition originated years ago when fresh fruit was scarce in winter, so it was a treat to receive an orange. As my kids to get old enough to ask about this tradition, I thought I better do some homework to discover its origins.
The tradition dates back to the time of the real St. Nicholas in Turkey. St. Nicholas heard three poor sisters complaining that they would be sold into slavery because their family did not have enough money to provide a dowry for them to marry. The sisters hung their stockings up by the fire to dry before they went to bed. In the morning, they found gold coins in their stockings. It is said that St. Nicholas threw gold coins down the chimney and the gold landed in the stockings for the girls to find when the went to put their stockings on in the morning. Today, oranges symbolize the gold.
Check out these cute printable labels that be added to the oranges:
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