What pops into your mind when you think of your favorite food for the holidays? Is it the special dessert that Nana makes just for Christmas day? Or the hot cocoa that Grandma serves on the first night of Chanukah? If it’s seasonal fruits and veggies then hands are clapping loud because they provide the best of vehicles for disease-fighting antioxidants that we need in the depth of winter.
Oranges and tangerines are in season and set the stage for the gift of rich, quality, healthy foods that are at a premium in most countries throughout the world. Stuffing everyone’s stocking by placing a specially chosen orange in the toe can become a cherished Christmas tradition that reminds everyone of the blessing of good bounty.
Many years ago I began a family tradition of putting an orange in the toe of each Christmas stocking; and, you know, the one Christmas I completely forgot, the entire family was disappointed. Everyone wanted to know where their orange was. These simple gifts of an orange give Christmas a meaning beyond the excited unwrapping of toys and clothes.
We are in a unique time where austerity must become a family value. A simple tangerine or two in a stocking reminds us of the significant value a hot meal on the table can give beyond any DVD, X-box, electronic doll, new television or jewelry. Food speaks to us in warm and spiritual ways. When we join family and friends at the table and give a moment of gratitude for being with those who care about us and us about them, true charity begins. The orange in the stocking is an outward sign of an inward sense that others are not so fortunate. It creates the question, “What can I do to help ease the pain and give warmth to another if only for a brief few hours?”
The significance of the orange reminds us of what is truly important—our health, our family, our children to whom we are passing tradition and our love and appreciation for the good in the world. Long before the age of materialism and excess dominated commercials on television, gifts of food in all its forms was the most anticipated gift of any. It is time to re-evaluate what is truly important. With so many wondering where they will be for Christmas this year as they look inside their empty wallets, countless are wondering if they can make it to spring. More families than ever before are living in cars and trucks because they have lost their homes. Children are getting ready for school in gas station or Walmart bathrooms. When so many are going hungry food as a gift is not just real and practical, it can bring true joy even if just for a day. Are you wondering what you can do to make a difference? Give of yourself and the bounty that surrounds you. Give food for health and become the wealth for another. You can be the beginning of change.
*Next week I’ll be sharing where you can go or what you can do to make a difference this holiday season.
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