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Saturday, December 25, 2010

An Orange For Christmas

An Orange For Christmas

In a very different style of Island Christmas story, one from Prince Edward Island in Canada, David Weale told how, "for many children an orange, a simple orange, was a Christmas miracle," when they "appeared, as if by magic, on December 25th."

He made the distinction between "being poor" and how "rural Islanders weren't poor, they just didn't have much money." The same could certainly be said for many rural Canary Islanders, who live in locations where nature offers far more riches than the things money could buy and, where oranges are not in scarce supply either.

These oranges are on a tree in the grounds of the Finca Los Pedregales, but there are orange trees dotted all around the the El Palmar valley, always laden with these juicy, nectar-like fruit at Christmas time. Tenerife’s own Christmas miracle.

Feliz Navidad - Merry Christmas - Joyeux Noël - Glückliches Weihnachten

See where this picture was taken. [?]

Unlike so many journalists writing about the resorts, Pamela has not only actually been to Tenerife, she lived on the island for 16 years, for the majority of that time in a rural valley immersed in the local culture in a way that few outsiders have been privileged to do and gaining a wealth of knowledge about the island, its people, their customs, fiestas and celebrations that she is now able to share via this site. Fluent in Spanish, she also translated and reported for the various English-language newspapers.

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