Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Wordful Wednesday 12-16
This tradition was started for us by Holly. She started taking oranges and peppermint into Wren's class every Christmas. When he moved to our school years ago, she did it there too. When he left for the big city the year after my girls longed for the tradition so we decided to do it ourselves. And so it began that every year since we have taken in an orange and a peppermint stick for each child in the class.
This year I had to buy almost 60 oranges. I wish you could have seen my buggy in the store. And the people staring at me as I kept adding more and more oranges. I decided to take them into school early to give the teachers opportunity to use them as a bargaining tool. When I dropped them off I could here the giggles and squeals of the kids. They were excited. I suppose it's become tradition they look forward to also.
If you've never done it, here's what you do:
Roll your orange on the counter over and over until it gets nice and juicy. The skin will be weaker now so dig your thumb into the skin making a small hole; too big and you'll be wearing the juice. Poke you peppermint stick into the orange and start sucking. The juice will melt the peppermint stick enough so that it becomes the straw. Drink until you can no longer.
Enjoy your new Christmas time tradition.
***You can only use the old fashioned peppermint sticks for this, NOT the ones you hang on your Christmas tree.