Imagine biting into a juicy orange: itís sweet, thirst-quenching, and delicious. Now imagine a poor young boy in Halifax receiving an orange from Portugal when such a gift was an exotic possibility, something about which he talked and dreamed for many days before Christmas. An Orange from Portugal is full of such magic. Stockings without holes, the hushed beauty of a winter morning, two very different takes on what the animals really do in the barn on Christmas Eve ó these are among the 30-odd tales Anne Simpson has selected for the third in Goose Laneís beloved series of Christmas anthologies. Anne Simpsonís first novel, Canterbury Beach, was a finalist for the Chapters / Robertson Davies Prize and the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. After spending a year as writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, she has returned to her home in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.