Family traditions are at the heart of the Christmas celebration. The tradition of placing an orange in the stocking began in Europe. It is attributed to Nicholas, the third century saint who would throw gold coins to a poor family in need of a dowry. To symbolize St. Nicholas' gifts and generosity, the tradition of putting an orange in the stocking began.

Back then, oranges were only available to the wealthy and powerful. Receiving an orange in the stocking was a special indulgence. My mother passed this tradition on to my sisters and me while growing up. I could always count on my stocking having an orange and a box of cherry cordials in it each year. That was all, but it was special. Here are the produce deals on oranges and more for the week of December 20.

*Kroger (central Ohio) Clementine tangerines - $4.99 (5 lb. box) Clementine tangerines - $3.99 (3 lb. bag) Navel oranges - $2.99 (4 lb. bag) Texas grapefruit - $3.99 (10 lb. bag) Meyer lemons - 4 for $5.00 (1 lb. bag) Hass avocados - 4 for $5.00 Bing cherries - $3.99 lb. Blackberries or blueberries - 2 for $5.00 (6 oz. pkg.) Dole or Fresh Selections salad blends - 2 for $5.00 (5-12 oz. bags, select varieties) Kroger value russet potatoes - $2.77 (10 lb. bag) Kroger vegetable trays - $4.99 and up (select varieties, 20-40 oz.) Almonds or Pistachios - $3.99 (select varieties, 10-16 oz. bags)

*Meijer (central Ohio) Pineapple - $1.99 Navel oranges - 2 for $4.00 (4 lb. bag) Apples - $.99 lb. (Red or Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala, Braeburn, Jonagold or Fuji) Pears - $1.19 lb. (Bartlett, Anjou, Red or Bosc) Sweet cherries - $2.99 lb. Asparagus - $1.99 lb. (green or white) Dole salad blends - 2 for $5.00 (6-12 oz., asst. varieties) Baby cut carrots - 2 for $5.00 (2 lb. pkg.) Fruit frenzy - $3.49 lb. (cut fresh in-store) Walnuts, cashews and almonds - $4.99 (1 lb. bags)

*Save-A-Lot (Columbus) Red or Golden Delicious apples - $2.99 (5 lb. bag) Apples, orange mixed bag - $3.99 (4 lb. bag) Gala apples - $1.17 lb. Granny Smith or Fuji apples - $3.49 (5 lb. bag) Avocados - $.99 each Bananas - $.47 lb. Green beans - $1.29 lb. Broccoli - $1.79 Cabbage - $.59 lb. Cantaloupe - $2.50 Carrots - $1.39 (2 lb. bag) Mini carrots - $.79 (1 lb. bag) Cauliflower - $2.99 Celery sleeve - $1.49 Cucumber - $.99 each Red grapefruit - $1.99 (3 lb. bag) Red seedless grapes - $2.49 lb. Kiwi - $.50 each Lemons - $.38 each Limes - $.69 each Cello lettuce - $.99 Limes - $2.49 (2 lb. bag) Mangoes - $1.29 each Mushrooms - $1.79 (8 oz. pkg. whole, sliced or baby bella) Sweet jumbo onions - $1.19 lb. Navel oranges - $2.29 (3 lb. bag) D'Anjou pears - $.99 lb. (green & red) Green peppers - $.79 each Red bell peppers - $1.69 each Mixed pepper 3 pack - $3.99 (red, green & yellow) Pineapples - $2.99 Pomegranates - $2.00 each Idaho potatoes - $3.99 (10 lb. bag) Russet potatoes - $2.39 (5 lb. bag) Sweet potatoes - $.79 lb. Salad mix - $1.39 (12 oz. bag) Slaw mix - $1.49 (1 lb. bag) Acorn, Butternut or Spaghetti squash - $.89 lb. Tangerines - $1.99 (3 lb. bag) Vine ripe tomatoes - $1.69 lb. Grape tomatoes - $1.99 (pint) Roma tomatoes - $1.69 lb. Tangerines - $1.99 (3 lb.bag) Turnips - $.79 lb. Zucchini - $1.99 lb. Veggie tray - $3.99 (20 oz.) Veggie tray - $6.99 (2.25 lb.) Almonds - $4.59 lb.

*Giant Eagle (central Ohio) Asparagus - $1.88 lb. Pineapple - $1.99 Navel oranges -10 for $2.00 Farmers Market or Fresh Express salad blends - 2 for $5.00 (Italian, American or leafy romaine blends) Farmers Market or Fresh Express sweet butter, baby spinach or hearts of romaine) Farmers Market baby cut or premium petite carrots - 4 for $5.00 (16 oz. bag) Celery - $.99 each Sweet onions - $.99 lb. Blackberries or blueberries - 2 for $5.00 (6 oz. pkg.) Pears - $1.19 lb. (Bartlett, Bosc, D’Anjou or Red) Green beans - $1.19 lb. Collard, kale, mustard or turnip greens - $.89 lb. Microwave green beans - $2.99 (12 oz. pkg.) Chestnuts - $3.99 lb. Fruit baskets - $9.99 to $42.99

*Aldi (central Ohio) Celery - $.59 Russet potatoes - $1.49 (10 lb. bag) Broccoli - $.79 Navel oranges - $1.49 (4 lb. bag) Mandarin oranges - $2.79 (2 lb. bag) Tangerines - $1.99 (2 lb. bag) Grapefruit - $2.99 (5 lb. bag) Pineapple - $2.99 each Mixed fruit - $2.69 (3 lb. bag, apples & oranges) Cranberries - $1.69 (12 oz. bag) Apples - $2.49 (3 lb. bag, Jonathan & Rome) Apples - $2.79 lb. (3 lb. bag, Granny Smith, Fuji, Red & Golden Delicious and Gala) Pears - $1.79 (4 pack) Tomatoes - $1.49 (3 pack) Roma tomatoes - $1.49 (20 oz. pkg.) Vine ripened tomatoes - $1.99 (24 oz. pkg.) Grape tomatoes - $1.15 lb. Radishes - $.99 (1 lb. bag) Avocados - $.99 each Mushrooms - $1.29 (8 oz. pkg.) Baby carrots - $.99 (1 lb. bag) Carrots - $1.29 (2 lb. bag) Mixed squash - $1.79 (24 oz. pkg.)

*Andersons Market (Columbus) Bartlett pears - $.99 lb. Pineapple - 2 for $5.00 Homegrown Gala apples - $.88 lb. Avocados - $.88 each Oso sweet onions - $.88 lb. Idaho baking potatoes - 2 for $3.00 (5 lb. bag) Mangoes - $.88 each Coleslaw - $.99 (1lb. bag) Traditional garden salad - $.99 (1lb. bag) Radishes - $.99 (1 lb. bag) Grape tomatoes - 2 for $4.00 (pint) Traditional relish tray: Small - $29.00 Medium - $42.00 Large - $54.00 Premium quality fruit basket - $11.99 & up

*Huffman's Market (Upper Arlington) Grape tomatoes - 3 for $5.00 (pint) Red bell peppers - 2 for $3.00 Yukon Gold potatoes - 2 for $5.00 (5 lb. bag) Cello spinach - 2 for $5.00 (10 oz. bag) Comice pears - $1.99 lb. Navel oranges - $2.99 (4 lb. bag)

*Hills Market (Columbus) Idaho potatoes - $1.99 (5 lb. bag) Navel oranges - 3 for $2.00 Mushrooms - $1.59 lb. (whole or sliced)

*Nick's Market (Columbus) Pineapple - $1.98 Clementine tangerines - $4.98 (5 lb. box) Red or Golden Delicious apples - $.99 lb. Bartlett pears - $.99 lb. Yams - $.59 lb. Fresh Express or Dole salad blends - 2 for $5.00 (10 oz. bag, selected varieties) Dole or Grimmway Farms peeled baby carrots - 2 for $3.00 (1 lb. bag) Mushrooms - 2 for $4.00 (8 oz. pkg.) Grape tomatoes - 2 for $4.00 (pint) Yellow onions - 2 for $4.00 (3 lb. bag) Asparagus - $2.49 lb.

*Little's Village IGA (Columbus) Clementine tangerines - $4.98 (5 lb. box) Pineapple - $1.98 Idaho potatoes - $2.99 (10 lb. bag) Navel oranges - 5 for $3.00 Red or Golden Delicious apples - $.99 lb. Bartlett pears - $.99 lb. Yams - $.59 lb. Grimmway Farms or Dole peeled baby carrots - 2 for $3.00 (1 lb. bag) Grape tomatoes - 2 for $4.00 (pint) Dole or Fresh Express salad blends - 2 for $5.00 (10 oz. bag, select varieties) Mushrooms - 2 for $4.00 (8 oz. pkg.)

*Cook's IGA (Columbus) Clementine tangerines - $5.99 (5 lb. box) Idaho potatoes - $2.99 (10 lb. bag) Sweet potatoes - $.69 lb. Apples - $1.19 lb. (Red or Golden Delicious or Granny Smith) Jumbo Navel oranges - 3 for $1.99 Vegetable tray with dip - $6.99 (24 oz.) Classic fruit gift baskets - $12.99 & up

*Ashville IGA (Ashville) Clementines - $5.99 (5 lb. box) Idaho potatoes - $2.99 (10 lb. bag) Sweet potatoes - $.69 lb. Jumbo Red or Golden Delicious apples - 2 for $1.49 Jumbo Navel oranges - 2 for $1.49 Green onions - $.99 (5 oz. pkg.)

*Mosier's IGA (Raymond) Slicing tomatoes - $1.29 lb. Cantaloupe - 2 for $5.00 Red potatoes - $2.79 (10 lb. bag) Blackberries - 2 for $5.00 (8 oz. pkg.) Dole Classic tossed salad - 3 for $5.00 (12 oz. bags) Red grapefruit - $2.99 (5 lb. bag) Apples - 2 for $5.00 (3 lb. bag, asst. varieties) Grape tomatoes - 2 for $4.00 (pint)

*Carnival Foods (Heath, Lancaster and Circleville) Baby peeled carrots - 10 for $10.00 Whole pineapple - $1.98 Fresh Express garden salad - 2 for $5.00 (24 oz. bag) Yellow cooking onions - $1.88 (3 lb. bag) Radishes 10 for $10.00 (1 lb. bag) Green onions - 10 for $10.00 (5 oz. pkg.) Cole slaw mix - 10 for $10.00 (16 oz. pkg.) Red potatoes - 2 for $5.00 Jumbo oranges - $3.98 (8 lb. bag) Sweet potatoes - $.68 lb. White stuffer mushrooms - 2 for $5.00 (14 oz. pkg.) Red Delicious apples - $3.98 (8 lb. bag) Mann's vegetable medley or broccoli wokly - 2 for $4.00 (12 oz. bags) Assorted 6-ct. fruit tray - $6.98 Fruit baskets - $14.99 & Large Bunny Hop veggie tray - $39.88 (serves 18-24) Medium fresh fruit tray - $39.88

*Hometown Market (Utica, Centerburg, Richwood Cardinal, Wadsworth and Canton) Baby carrots - $.99 lb. Yams - $.59 lb. Tomatoes on the vine - $1.99 lb. Grape tomatoes - 2 for $4.00 (pint) Cantaloupe - $3.49 Green peppers - $.69 Sunburst tangerines - $2.99 (3 lb. bag) Broccoli crowns - $1.99 Idaho potatoes -$3.49 (10 lb. bag)

*Buehler's Fresh Foods (Delaware) Fresh Express salads - 2 for $5.00 (9-12 oz. bags) Bananas - $.29 lb. Idaho russet potatoes - $2.99 (8 lb. bag) Grape tomatoes - 2 for $3.00 (pint) Apples - $.99 lb. (Fuji, Granny Smith or Jonagold) Pineapple - $1.99 Red seedless grapes - $1.29 lb. Clementine tangerines - $4.99 (5 lb. box)

*GFS (Central Ohio) Caramel apples - $2.49 (3 ct. pkg.) Spanish onions - $4.49 (10 lb. bag) Yellow onions - $2.49 (5 lb. bag) Bananas - $1.89 (3 lb. bunch) Granny Smith apples - $5.99 (5 lb. bag) Red delicious apples -$4.49 (5 lb. bag) Lemons - $2.79 (2 lb. bag) Limes - $2.99 (12 ct.) Valencia oranges - $6.99 (8 lb. bag) Mixed fruit - $7.49 (5 lb. bag) Idaho potatoes - $3.99 (10 lb. bag) Red potatoes - $5.99 (10 lb. bag) English cucumber - $1.49 (1 ct.) Baby carrots - $1.99 (2 lb. bag) Green peppers - $5.99 (5 lb. bag) Mixed bell peppers - $8.99 (6 ct.) Carrots - $1.19 (3 lb. bag) Whole mushrooms - $3.99 (24 oz. pkg.) Sliced mushrooms - $4.49 (24 oz. pkg.) Radishes - $.89 (1 lb. bag) Shredded lettuce - $4.99 (5 lb. bag) Cole slaw - $4.99 (5 lb. bag) Cauliflower - $3.29 Cauliflower florets - $7.79 (3 lb. bag) Celery - $1.99 Gala apples - $.49 (8 lb. bag) Bagged gourds - $4.99 Russet potatoes - $3.49 (10 lb. bag)

*Whole Foods Market (Dublin) Reese artichokes - 2 for $5.00 (14 oz. pkg.) Navel oranges - 10 for $10 Gold potatoes - $.99 lb. Meyers lemons - $1.99 (1 lb. bag) Organic grape tomatoes - $2.99 (pint) Texas red grapefruit - $3.99 (5 lb. bag) Organic Hachiya persimmons - 10 for $10.00 Blackberries - 2 for $5.00 Kiku apples - $1.99 lb. Organic Granny Smith apples - $1.69 lb. Organic Ambrosia apples - $1.49 lb. Personal watermelons - $2.99 Green seedless grapes - $3.99 lb. Organic red seedless grapes - $3.99 lb. Red grapefruit - $1.99 each Organic yellow onions - $.99 lb. Pineapple chunks - $3.99 Green asparagus - $4.99 lb. White asparagus - $3.99 lb. Cauliflower - $3.49 Organic grape tomatoes - $3.99 (1 lb. pkg.) Bagged sweet potatoes - $2.99 Russet potatoes - $.99 lb. Jewel or Red Garnet yams - $1.99 lb. Earthbound Farms spring mix - $3.49 Juicing carrots - $15.99 (25 lb. bag) Organic bagged yellow onions - $3.99 (3 lb. bag)

*Sam's Club (central Ohio) Seedless green or red grapes - $5.57 (3 lb. pkg.) Clementines - $5.69 (5 lb. box) Fingerling potatoes - $5.98 (5 lb. bag) Yellow onions - $5.98 (10 lb. bag) Sweet onions - $4.48 (5 lb. bag) Buttergold potatoes - $4.98 Strawberries - $8.98 (2 lb. pkg.) Blueberries - $6.98 (18 oz. pkg.) Red raspberries - $4.98 (12 oz. pkg.) Seedless cucumbers - $3.98 (3 ct. pkg.) Romaine hearts - $4.68 (6 ct. pkg.) Organic spring mix - $4.27 (1 lb. bag) Organic spinach - $3.97 (1 lb. bag) Artisan lettuce - $3.98 (25 oz. pkg.) Bananas - $1.48 (3 lb. pkg.) Sweet mini tomatoes - $5.98 (2 lb. pkg.) Romaine blend salad - $2.97 (2.5 lb. bag) Dole iceberg classic tossed salad - $2.97 (3 lb. bag) Iceberg lettuce - $2.45 (2 ct. pkg.) Chopped romaine - $2.98 (2 lb. bag) Broccoli florets - $4.98 (3 lb. bag) Organic baby carrots - $4.48 (5 lb. bag) Mushrooms - $3.87 (24 oz. pkg.) Vegetable medley - $5.47 (3 lb. bag) Celery hearts - $2.48 (3 ct. pkg.) Mini cucumbers - $5.48 (2 lb. bag) Portabella mushrooms - $4.98 (18 oz. pkg.) Dole Cole slaw - $2.98 (3 lb. bag) Portabella mushrooms - $4.98 (18 oz. pkg.) Sliced mushrooms - $2.84 (16 oz. pkg.) Beefsteak tomatoes - $5.98 (6 ct. pkg.) Grape tomatoes - $5.98 (2 lb. pkg.) Multi-colored peppers - $6.98 (6 ct.) Ancient red sweet peppers - $6.98 (2 lb. pkg.) Green peppers - $6.98 (6 ct. pkg.) Pineapple - $2.49 Compare tomatoes - $2.99 (2 lb. pkg.) Asparagus - $5.98 (2.25 lbs.) *Wholesale clubs keep their prices fairly static, with small fluctuations. I will update as I get more information.

*Costco (Polaris) Pineapple - $2.79 Mangoes - $6.99 (7 ct. tray) Kiwi - $5.49 (4 lb. pkg.) Bananas - $1.32 (3 lb. pkg.) Limes - $3.99 (5 lb. bag) Lemons - $6.49 Oranges - $12.99 (12 lb. bag) Clementines - $5.99 (5 lb. box) Avocados - $6.49 (5 ct. bag) Sweet onions - $.99 (10 lb. bag) Sweet red onions - $6.99 (10 lb. bag) Yellow jumbo onions - $5.49 (10 lb. bag) Gourmet medley potatoes - $5.59 (5 lb. bag) Gold potatoes - $7.99 (10 lb. bag) Tomatoes on the vine - $3.99 (2 lb. pkg.) Grape tomatoes - $5.99 (2 lb. pkg.) Beefsteak tomatoes - $5.99 (5 lb. bag) Sweet mini bell peppers - $3.99 (2 lb. bag) Mixed bell peppers - $6.49 (6 ct.) Red bell peppers - $5.99 (6 ct.) Organic mini carrots - $5.29 (5 lb. bag) Organic carrots - $5.99 (10 lb. bag) Hearts of romaine lettuce - $3.59 (6 ct.) Organic spring mix - $3.99 (1 lb. clamshell) Organic spinach - $3.99 (1 lb. clamshell) Spinach - $4.49 (2.5 lb. bag) Organic strawberries - $5.99 (4 lb. pkg.) Strawberries - $4.49 (4 lb. pkg.) Organic raspberries - $3.79 (12 oz. pkg.) Blueberries - $5.49 (18 oz. pkg.) Sugar snap peas - $5.49 Baby cucumbers - $4.49 (2 lb. pkg.) Asparagus - $5.29 (2.25 lbs.) Celery - $3.49 (4 ct. pkg.) Green beans - $5.57 (2 lb. pkg.) Jumbo artichokes - $5.99 (4 ct.) Broccoli florets - $4.49 (3 lb. bag) Whole mushrooms - $3.59 (24 oz.) Baby Bella mushrooms - $3.99 (24 oz. pkg.) *Wholesale clubs keep their prices fairly static. I will update periodically.

*Marc's (Columbus) Clementine tangerines - 2 for $10.00 (5 lb. box) Pears - $.99 lb.(Bosc, Red or Green D'Anjou) Baby-cut carrots - $.99 (1 lb. bag) Red radishes - $.99 (1 lb. bag) Klondike Rose or Yukon Gold potatoes - 2 for $5.00 (5 lb. bags) Apples - $.99 lb. (Granny Smith, Gala, Golden or Red Delicious) Pineapple - 2 for $5.00 Grape tomatoes - $.99 (pint) Seedless cucumbers - $.99 each Dole Greener selections or Classic Romaine - 2 for $3.00 (9-12 oz. bags) Trimmed green beans - $1.79 (12 oz. bag) Imported Italian chestnuts - $2.99 lb. Cantaloupe - 2 for $5.00

I will update as I get more I formation.

For now happy shopping!

Laurie Dixon, TheBAG Lady