Christmas Tangerine

Oil on masonite panel, 6″x6″ (Larger)

Although I personally don’t celebrate Christmas, I thought a bright orange tangerine would be a fitting tribute to the day (see below about the tradition of oranges and tangerines as stocking stuffers).

My sons and my dear friends and family are all with their significant others and families and knowing they’re all having a lovely Christmas day, I’m exactly where I want to be: in the studio.

I hope you too are safe, warm and happy today, whether you celebrate Christmas or not!

St. Nicholas traditions in America

Immigrants brought St. Nicholas holiday traditions to the United States. Over time these have melded into some common practices.

StockingsChristmas stockings by the fireplace
And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there, goes the oft repeated Christmas rhyme. In the story of Nicholas rescuing the poor maidens from being sold into slavery, the gold dowry money, tossed in through the window, is said to have landed in stockings left to dry before the fire.

OrangeOrange or tangerine in the toe of filled Christmas stockings
The gold Nicholas threw to provide the dowry money is often shown as gold balls. These are symbolized by oranges or even apples. So the orange in the toe of the stocking is a reminder of Nicholas’ gift.

Oil Painting, Painting, Still Life
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Join the conversation! 4 Comments

  1. Sounds like my perfect Christmas! 😉 Glad you are enjoying the holidays Jana.


  2. Happy un-holiday to you! A day in the studio sounds marvelous. And this bright and glowing painting is a perfect antidote to these short days – thank you for sharing it!


  3. Beautifully done, Jana. Rich and loose, my favorite kind of painting, a little gem! Sounds like a wonderful day, too, doing exactly what you wanted to do.


  4. Yum, a lovely orange. I love the diff. color notes in the leaves.


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