Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas Oranges: A Family Tradition

Baby finally came!
Eloise Ruth Phipps
8 lbs. 10 oz.
Perfect, sweet, and wonderful.

Speaking of Christmas blessings...
This is another activity that you can do with the entire family. This book, Christmas Oranges, is a story about friendship, kindness, and sharing at Christmas time. It's a great story and my friend Paige showed me these "baked oranges" she made to go on her Christmas tree.

As a family, we watched the story on DVD (comes in both book form and DVD) and then decorated a tiny tree with these baked oranges. Now this tree is our reminder to serve others this Christmas.
Here's how to make the oranges:
Slice your oranges 1/4 inch thick and lay them out on a greased cookie sheet. Wipe away excess juice and put them in the oven at 275 degrees for the first hour and then 225 degrees for the next two hours.
*Before you bake them, you can sprinkle them with cinnamon if you want them to smell wonderful! They just don't "light up" on your tree as well, if that's the look you're going for.
I used a needle and some thick brown thread to make them into a garland for our tree.
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