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  • Writer's pictureAndy Hoffman

Christmas Decor

Updated: Mar 4

The Christmas season has always been a time of enchantment and wonder, filled with traditions passed down through generations. But lately, one particular tradition has captured my imagination and added a unique twist to my holiday decor – the artful use of citrus-themed decorations. It all started when some friends Jennifer and Erin asked me if Drunk & Sparkly® Dehydrated Oranges could be used to create festive holiday displays. What a brilliant idea!

A tree decorated with dried Oranges
Dried Oranges for Christmas Decor

In just a matter of hours, I transformed my home into a citrus wonderland, adorning a Christmas tree with dozens of Drunk & Sparkly® dried oranges. Meanwhile, my dear friend Erin crafted stunning garlands for her front entrance and fireplace using Drunk & Sparkly® Dehydrated Oranges and Grapefruit. The results were nothing short of magical.

There's an undeniable charm in incorporating dehydrated oranges into Christmas decor. They exude a familiar, timeless allure that infuses warmth and beauty into any space. Their refreshing scent mingles with the twinkle of fairy lights, creating a mesmerizing glow that adds a touch of simple elegance to the holiday season. But what truly elevates this decor is its rich history, giving depth and purpose to the festivities beyond their intrinsic beauty.

Let's delve into the history of this zesty Christmas tradition. It originates from the heart of Europe, where citrus fruits like oranges and lemons were once considered exotic treasures - symbols of wealth and status. Their rarity and beauty made them the perfect choice for decorating homes during the Christmas season long before the popularity of Christmas trees.

But these fruits carry a more profound significance. Oranges, in particular, are associated with Saint Nicholas, the beloved figure who inspired the iconic Santa Claus. Saint Nicholas, a 4th-century bishop in what is now modern-day Turkey, was renowned for his boundless generosity. Legend has it that he gifted gold coins to three impoverished sisters by tossing them down the chimney, where they landed in stockings hung by the fireplace. Oranges, resembling the color and shape of these precious gold coins, soon became symbols of his benevolence.

Garland decorated with dried oranges and grapefruit
Christmas Decor - Dried Orange and Grapefruit Garland

Incorporating oranges into Christmas decor has a long and illustrious history in the United Kingdom. In the nineteenth century, Queen Victoria and her beloved Prince Albert are credited with introducing the Christmas tree to the British people, and decorated them with oranges covered in cloves, ribbons, and other embellishments. This tradition was closely tied to the Victorian era's love of nature and the sentimental value placed on handcrafted, heartfelt ornaments.

During the challenging years of the Great Depression in the United States, using oranges in Christmas decorations and gift-giving took on a new meaning. At a time when many families grappled with the impossibility of expensive gifts and lavish ornaments, oranges symbolized hope as a modest yet cherished gift for children. These citrus gems were affordable and readily available, offering families a touch of sweetness and delight.

For my own tree this year, the Orange's vibrant and cheerful hue symbolizes the warmth and joy of the holiday season. They embody the light of the sun and the promise of renewal amid winter's cold embrace. When delicately sliced and dehydrated, these oranges transform into beautiful, translucent ornaments that capture and reflect the gentle radiance of holiday lights.

Fireplace garland decorated with dried oranges and grapefruit
Christmas Decor - Garland with Dried Oranges & Grapefruit

Thanks to simple gold ornament hangers and ribbons, assembling my dehydrated orange tree was a breeze. One important feature of dehydrated oranges is their extended shelf life. These ornaments last for weeks, retaining their color and aroma throughout Christmas. Dehydrated oranges don't attract troublesome pests, unlike their sugary, candied counterparts.

Discover for yourself the timeless beauty of citrus-themed decor as you transform your home into a festive paradise this Christmas and in the years to come. Create enchanting displays with Drunk & Sparkly® Dehydrated Oranges, Grapefruit, Lemons, and Limes that radiate warmth and beauty in any space. These bright ornaments add an innovative twist to an age-old tradition, allowing you to create a Christmas season that your loved ones will cherish and remember for years.


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