In Japan, the start of the satsuma mikan (tangerine) season is truly the mark of winter. It's a specific breed of oranges that are sweet like honey and the skin just peels right off.
My folks have a satsuma tree in the backyard. Lucky me! Here's my bounty for the week-- there I am in my red clogs!
When picking the oranges off the tree, I imagine grandmothers, fathers and children huddling inside the kotastu (a heated, blanketed table), drinking tea, and gobbling these up on a snowy day in Japan.
A very warm, joyous holiday season to you and yours. I love you guys!