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Christmas Oranges

7th Day of CHRISTmas

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During Christmas celebration, it is quite common to give out oranges as a treat inside the Christmas stockings.

Since tangerines are in season right now, we decided to treat children to some “Christmas Orange” delights — savoring Christmas oranges and watching a delightful animated tale on “The Christmas Orange”.

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After the tale, each child was given an orange  – one mini tangy tangerine — to bring home and share among their family members and to retell the spirit of sharing they have learned from the “Christmas Orange” dvd.

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Another orange related goodies I enjoy very much is the classic Christmas Orange Chocolate. I just like the simple taste of the chocolate with a hint of orangey flavor to it.

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To savor this goody, one needs to WHACK the harden orange shaped chocolate on a hard surface;

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only then could the chocolate be separated into segments for all to enjoy!

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What a creamy and satisfying way to celebrate the last day of 2013!

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Oh Christmas Tree

6th day of CHRISTmas

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The Christmas festive song echoes…

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree, thy leaves are so unchanging.
Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree, thy leaves are so unchanging.

Not only green when summer’s here, but also when it’s cold and drear.
Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree, thy leaves are so unchanging…

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I used to think that indeed the freshness of the evergreens were so unchanging, but my perspective changed when surrounded by groves of evergreen trees…

And here’s my finding.

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Holly Jolly Plant

5th Day of CHRISTmas

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This green shrub with red-berried is in full blooms during the Christmas season.

This holly jolly branches are used for decoration to brighten the spirit of Christmas.

“Deck the halls with boughs of holly… Fa la la la la, la la la la
‘Tis the season to be jolly… Fa la la la la, la la la la”

Traditionally, the Holly branches were used to weave into a Christmas wreath.
The wreath would symbolize the crown of thorns;
and the red berries would symbolize the drops of Jesus’ blood.

Lest we forget, the jolly hollies do not exist for their prettiness only;
for they are the staple food for the birds during the wintry season as well.

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Down from His Glory

4th day of CHRISTmas

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“The true light that gives light to everyone 
was coming into the world.” John 1:9

I like what Amy Carmichael (an Irish Missionary in Indian) penned belowed:

“Opening our windows toward Jerusalem

And looking thitherward, we see

First Bethlehem,

Then Nazareth and Galilee,

And afterwards Gethsemane;

And then the little hill called Calvary.”

A great reflection indeed to worship the humanity and the divinity of Jesus Christ!

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The Nativity Scene

3rd day of CHRISTmas

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It took me a long time to figure out what “nativity”is.

Oxford dictionary states its the birth place of a person.

These days people understood that the Nativity refers to the model representing the Holy Family and the birth of Jesus Christ.

Nativity is also known as the Creche.

It is said that St. Francis of Assisi originated the nativity scene in AD 1223 at a townlet in Italy to a group of peasants.

In her book ” Celebrating the Christian Year”, Martha Zimmerman wrote:

“During the Middle Ages very few people could read. Francis of Assisi wanted to communicate the good news of the gospel to the peasants. He wanted them to understand that Jesus could identify with them because of His own humble birth. St. Francis chose a cave, some animals, and people from his parish to re-create the story. We would call this a tableau. It had an incredible effect and instantly became very popular as an annual event. The idea spread throughout Italy, on to France, Spain, and the rest of Europe. Over the years artists began to make figures, and soon statuary tableaus replaced the live ones.”

Now I know!

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Pretty Poinsettia

2nd Day of CHRISTmas

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I spied with my eyes and spotted this fire flowers.

This flaming blooms is Poinsettia, also known as, a Christmas plant.

The fiery red and evergreen leaves add color, joy and liveliness to this festive occasion.

I always enjoy this popular tale told of the little Mexican girl and her hearty gift of “poinsettia” to Jesus.

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Merry CHRISTmas

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Merry Christmas!

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