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  •  Lovely diary (1+ / 0-)
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    but I think the photo caption "traditional viking houses" is somewhat misleading. They hardly had windows in the viking age.

    •  Fair enough. :) (5+ / 0-)
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      But they're roughly the same.  Some of the ones present in Iceland today are not reconstructions but actual homes people lived in in the early 20th century.  Iceland went from extreme povery to wealth exceedingly fast.  Most common fruits and vegetables weren't even available in grocery stores until the 1970s.  One of the christmas traditions here is mandarin oranges.  It because a tradition because imported fruit like mandarins used to be such a luxury.

      •  I´m from Norway (2+ / 0-)
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        and mandarin organges is a christmas traditon here too, for the same reason as in Iceland (and ordinary oranges is a modern Eastern tradition).

        •  In the Little House on the Prairie books (1+ / 0-)
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          Oranges were a Christmas tradition in the midwest as well. I guess we in the US are too jaded to have kept that.

          Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

          by elfling on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 09:00:51 AM PST

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          •  I grew up with that tradition in the 1960s (0+ / 0-)

            Part of my family was from a dirt poor coal mining town in western PA, with parents who both grew up during the depression.  Even as they became more middle class and prosperous, the tradition was always that there would be an orange at the foot of the stocking on Christmas morning.

            My sister and I have continued that tradition in homage to the struggles of our grandparents and parents (and just because it feels good to keep going with a tradition) - although I think the significance is not appreciated by my nephews.

            My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world - Jack Layton

            by terjeanderson on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 06:47:39 AM PST

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