ONLY AT CHRISTMASTIME.

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@Kandae11 (27250)
November 29, 2017 6:48pm CST
What is the special treat you remember having as a child mostly or only during the Christmas holidays? believe it or not - mine was the American apple or "ice apple" as we called it. Back then in my country Guyana, those red apples would appear on the supermarket shelves primarily during the Christmas holidays - and oh my, they were expensive !. Pricey or not - they were a must have addition to our holiday fare - especially on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Many years later the holiday attraction was lost when we were able to purchase those apples anytime during the year. So what was your special childhood treat at Christmas?
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@JudyEv (101179)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Nov
There were many items that were very special as they only appeared from time to time. For us, the hot Australian summers meant watermelon but now of course you can buy that every day too. It does spoil it a bit to have things available all the time.
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@Kandae11 (27250)
30 Nov
I agree with you there , its not that special anymore.
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@Ganma7 (2099)
30 Nov
I agree
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@Happy2BeMe (70039)
• Canada
30 Nov
Ribbon candy and barley toys.
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• United States
30 Nov
What are barley toys?
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@Kandae11 (27250)
30 Nov
Barley toys sound interesting.
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@Happy2BeMe (70039)
• Canada
30 Nov
@1creekgirl some of them has sticks in them like sugars
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@shaggin (27050)
• United States
30 Nov
Are they less expensive now that you can purchase them anytime? Peanut butter no bake cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and sugar cookies are what I remember as a tradition when I was a kid. My mother, my sister and I always baked them all a few days before Christmas together.
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@Kandae11 (27250)
30 Nov
google image.
It is still a bit expensive , because it is imported. Anyway there is a local apple which is much cheaper of course.
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@shaggin (27050)
• United States
30 Nov
@Kandae11 In the photo looks like a red pear or something. That doesn't look like any apple I've ever seen here. We buy mostly red delicious apples as thats what my kids prefer.
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@Kandae11 (27250)
30 Nov
@shaggin Yes, they do have the pear shape, I prefer the imported apples.
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@just4him (92422)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
30 Nov
For me it was those Christmas candies that showed up only at Christmas with all the different colored candies in them. I especially liked the raspberry candies. I haven't bought them for a few years now.
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@Kandae11 (27250)
30 Nov
I think I prefer when some treats are available only at Christmas rather than the year around.
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@just4him (92422)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
30 Nov
@Kandae11 True.
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@Ganma7 (2099)
30 Nov
@Kandae11 me too
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@TRBRocks420 (62425)
• Banks, Oregon
30 Nov
Sounds a yummy treat and my moms chocolate teddy bear cookies.
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@Kandae11 (27250)
30 Nov
That sounds great - chocolate teddy bears.
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@Ganma7 (2099)
30 Nov
Yummy
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@Ganma7 (2099)
5 Dec
I would love to try them
@Madshadi (4983)
• Brussels, Belgium
30 Nov
The chocolate cake at the local bakery. I used to get them most of the times I behaved. I even remember how much it cost.
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@Kandae11 (27250)
30 Nov
That sounds nice - I am sure you were well behaved a lot of the time then..
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@Ganma7 (2099)
1 Dec
How much did it cost?
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@Madshadi (4983)
• Brussels, Belgium
1 Dec
@Ganma7 5 dinars . The 5 dinnars bill was red and we just used to ask our parents to give us one red
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@hereandthere (24234)
• Philippines
30 Nov
it was exactly like that growing up for me and my siblings. apples (plus oranges and grapes) would appear when christmas was near and you could smell them.
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@Kandae11 (27250)
30 Nov
Yes, I remember the smell - and those apples were stored in the refrigerator.
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• Philippines
30 Nov
@Kandae11 i remember the gold chocolate coins, which i looked forward to, and candy canes (not so much. it feels like it's burning my tongue!)
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@Kandae11 (27250)
30 Nov
@hereandthere Yes, I remember the coins too.
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@Daelii (2160)
• United States
30 Nov
My mom use to get us all a giant chocolate kiss!
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@Kandae11 (27250)
30 Nov
Are they still around?
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@Daelii (2160)
• United States
30 Nov
@Kandae11 yes but not as big! Wal-Mart usually has them
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@Ganma7 (2099)
1 Dec
Yummy
@kobesbuddy (19698)
• East Tawas, Michigan
30 Nov
We would always get a large bag of mixed nuts, that were still in the shell. Also, my Aunt and Uncle would be in Florida, over the Christmas holiday season. They would always sent us a nice shipment of citrus fruits, delicious Florida oranges and grapefruitAlso, ribbon candy!
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@kobesbuddy (19698)
• East Tawas, Michigan
30 Nov
@Kandae11 Yup, that's it! Some pieces are quite big, so we'd have to break off the end to eat it:)
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@ilocosboy (33307)
• Philippines
30 Nov
I remember nothing, I received nothing as a child during Christmas time. You see, long time ago, we live in rural village, the Christmas time is celebrated delicacies like patupat, suman, kalamay that our old folks cooked during that time. And usually, it will be eaten on the day of December 25.
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@Kandae11 (27250)
30 Nov
I am sure that you enjoyed those delicacies. No gifts?
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@ilocosboy (33307)
• Philippines
30 Nov
No gifts at that time... no money
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@rina110383 (23632)
30 Nov
Can't remember. What I remember are the chocolates my parents place inside our socks that were hung in the Christmas tree.
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@Kandae11 (27250)
30 Nov
I remember chocolates too.
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@Ganma7 (2099)
1 Dec
Cute idea
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@much2say (35427)
• United States
30 Nov
Candy canes don't really sound all that special now, but Christmas was the only time we could get them (I never realized for the longest time that it was essentially the same candy as those round ones ). Oh - and those pretty ribbon candy too!
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@Kandae11 (27250)
30 Nov
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They do look rather festive. Perfect for Christmas.
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@much2say (35427)
• United States
30 Nov
@Kandae11 They sure do! Funny to think it was super special to have them a long time ago . . . now there are tons of them (of all kinds of flavors too).
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@UncleJoe (8618)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
30 Nov
Mine was to have two weeks out of school but it went too fast.
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@Kandae11 (27250)
30 Nov
The holidays always go too fast.
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@Raelove (15581)
• Saco, Maine
30 Nov
I liked ribbon candy.
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@Kandae11 (27250)
30 Nov
I had never heard of ribbon candy before this post.
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@Raelove (15581)
• Saco, Maine
30 Nov
@Kandae11 My mother always put some out during the holidays. It's the only time of year they sell it here in the U.S.
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@Kandae11 (27250)
1 Dec
@Raelove Okay.
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@TheHorse (53004)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Dec
These little balls of cookie that were rolled in powdered sugar. That's all I remember.
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@Kandae11 (27250)
1 Dec
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Something like this - but smaller?
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@TheHorse (53004)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Dec
@Kandae11 Yes! Do they have almonds, or some other nuts, in them?
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@Kandae11 (27250)
1 Dec
@TheHorse I suppose those are added yes. Is that the kind you remember? There are many other varieties - like with chocolate, pumpkin spice, cream cheese etc.
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@rebelann (32523)
• El Paso, Texas
1 Dec
When I was between 6 and 9 years old dad was stationed in Germany and I remember all those delicious German pastries and chocolates, my favorite was Lebkuchen especially when they were covered in chocolate. After dad was reassigned to the US we didn't get those treats until they began to offer them in the base commissary, now I get to buy them when a friend takes me to Ft Bliss but for some reason the Lebkuchen just doesn't taste the same.
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@Kandae11 (27250)
1 Dec
Either the standard has dropped or you appreciated it more when you were a child. I found that table butter, ovaltine and Klim milk - all do not taste as nice as they did when I was a child.
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@rebelann (32523)
• El Paso, Texas
1 Dec
I never had ovaltine or klim milk @Kandae11 what is klim milk by the way?
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@Kandae11 (27250)
5 Dec
@rebelann It is a brand of powdered whole milk sold by Nestle - who acquired it from Borden in 1998.
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@allknowing (55811)
• India
30 Nov
For us Christmas was and is a great event. I can write a book on my childhood memories. There were special goodies made only for Christmas and to that added were oranges, dates and those huge bananas.
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@Kandae11 (27250)
30 Nov
Grapes too were a special treat for us then. These days they are available the year around - but still expensive.
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@Ganma7 (2099)
1 Dec
Yummy
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@bluesa (12836)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
30 Nov
My Grans homemade ice cream, it tastes like caramel. We'll always make it around Christmas. :)
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@Kandae11 (27250)
30 Nov
I loved homemade ice cream when I was a kid.
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@bluesa (12836)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
30 Nov
@Kandae11 , I still do never outgrew my sweet tooth.
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@Ganma7 (2099)
30 Nov
Very interesting, thanks for sharing. We would string pop corn and we loved doing it. We made extra to eat. Was not microwave popcorn. The real thing cooked on the stove
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@Kandae11 (27250)
30 Nov
I can imagine the real thing tasted much better.
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@Ganma7 (2099)
2 Dec
@Kandae11 it was very delicious. Thank you
@fishtiger58 (30715)
• Momence, Illinois
30 Nov
My grandmother's famous Christmas Sugar Cookies, I am the only one in the family who still makes them. I take a bite and I'm a little kid again.
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@Kandae11 (27250)
30 Nov
Those sound yummy. It is nice to have these great childhood memories.
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@fishtiger58 (30715)
• Momence, Illinois
30 Nov
@Kandae11 It sure is.