It's only been in the past couple of years that we've had trouble finding the Japanese mandarin orange which used to bombard the fruit section of our local grocery store. Where have they gone?
My post today on the Inkwell Inspirations blog shows the Canadian—and a bit of the American—history with this orange. I've included images and news articles, and hope you enjoy reading about my favourite missing Christmas treat.
My two giveaways are also mentioned, so check it out at What Happened to Christmas Oranges?
I enjoy Christmas decorating with the hand-knitted bells my mom makes and sends from Ontario, and last year she also sent them to our kids for a start of their own tradition. So a couple weeks ago, I mentioned to my mom that I wanted to give away a set of her hand-knitted Christmas bells as a newsletter prize, but didn't want to part with any of my own sets as we hang them in archways, doorknobs, and anywhere they can jingle, like this:
When Mom asked why I needed a prize, I explained that I was starting a quarterly newsletter and would give a prize with each one--both as an enticement to sign up, as well as a thank you for doing it.
Within a week, a parcel arrived from Mom containing three sets of bells, and two dishcloths, all knitted by her in Christmas colours. I slipped one set of the bells from its ziploc bag, and took it outside to hang on our spruce tree while I took photos of it. As you can see in the top photo, we are severely lacking snow this year. It's nice not to shovel it, but we are missing our usual white Christmas look.
So here's how the contest works...on Dec 21, 2015 - yes, it's soon! - I'm going to draw one name from among all those on my mailing list.
If you'd like your name to be on my mailing list, you can subscribe to my newsletter on my contest page.
Once I start sending out my newsletters, each one will feature a different giveaway and may be for a book, gift card, item, etc, with one name being pulled from everyone on my mailing list, regardless of when they signed up.
Subscribers may unsubscribe at any time by following the directions on the bottom of the newsletter.
If you'd like to introduce yourself, you're welcome to do so as a comment on this post, or you can reach me through my contact page.
Visit me at the Heroes, Heroines and History blog as I introduce you to a Draper ancestor who defended her Upper Canada home and family against half-drunk men using only a pair of tongs.
The question I'm asking at the bottom of the post is:
Do you have someone in your family tree that deserves to be talked about in today's 21st century? Please share.