Alphabetical Archival Advent Calendar – Oranges for Christmas?

Oranges – Watercolour Illustration Person Education 2009

Why does Santa Claus put oranges in your Christmas stocking?

The story goes that St Nicolas  (who became Santa Claus as we know him) gave a gift of three bags of gold to three girls to stop their desperate and impoverished father selling them into prostitution, which was nice…. and three golden balls are often used to represent Saint Nicholas of Bari…

So, 3 oranges or nuts are traditionally placed in the toe of our Christmas stockings to represent the gift of gold that St Nicolas gave theses girls.

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