Tuesday, July 21, 2015

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS: CANDY BOXES & ORANGES

When we came across this wonderful 1915 ad for giving oranges at Christmas--click on the photo--we were reminded of a great article by Paul Race of Family Christmas Online(TM):

REMEMBERING: CANDY BOXES & ORANGES 

Those of you who grew up with these things may think that it's silly to commemorate something so ubiquitous as Christmas candy boxes and oranges being given out at Christmas. But, like many other North American Christmas traditions, it is worth documenting now in case it goes the way of the putz* and the C-6 light bulb. And the candy box art, humble as it was, was as clear a reflection of its times as any greeting card art or Christmas tree decorations of the same period. READ MORE HERE http://familychristmasonline.com/memories/candy_boxes/candy_boxes.htm

Speaking of candy containers, click on the link and keep scrolling down the page to see Lynn's interpretation of an antique made in Japan putz candy container--wowie! http://bit.ly/1MKfzml

3 comments:

  1. I make a tiny box covered with Christmas stickers and filled with M&M's for my grandchildren to go in each stocking along with an orange and a dollar bill folded into a fan shape, and some little toys from the dollar store. They go crazy over it every year mainly because it is the one thing they can "open" on Christmas morning before we all have breakfast. No presents until afterwards. All this is part of our family tradition from way back when.

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  2. We got clementines.

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    1. More likely what was known as "Mandarins". Clementines did not come into full play in the U.S. until the 90's.

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