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. [?]

Fluent in Spanish and having spent 16 years on the island, Pamela Stocks has now been translating, researching and publishing information on customs and events in Tenerife for 25+ years. This takes a considerable amount of time and effort, for which she receives no payment whatsoever. If you find this work useful or interesting, please buy her a coffee. Buy Pamela Stocks a Coffee

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