Double-dipped cherry chocolates Jazzy scooped up the red candy dish and headed to the kitchen before either child could finish pulling off their hats andmitts.

“It’s mine!”

chocolate cherry he could find and stuffed it in his mouth. Only then did he remember to say “please and thank you.” It came out more like “Pleath an thenk you.” Swallowing her chocolate, Gramma laughed and reminded him to finish the first one before he went for more.

sneaking a second one. He shushedme and said if I didn’t tell, he’d let me take another one without telling on me. Well, I really wanted another one, so we pinkie-swore each other to secrecy. We continued to play out our little secret arrangement every year. I’mpretty sure our older siblings might have had the same deal, because we always went through two boxes every Christmas season. The strangest part of all was that Mum and Daddy never said a word. I think they had figured out our secret and decided to just let us enjoy it.”

“No, it’s mine!” Chloe and her brother Thomas both scrambled towards the lone cherry chocolate in the bowl on Gramma Jazzy’s front-door table.They had just arrived for a little visit and knew there would be tasty treats in store.

As she returned, Gramma popped a sweet into her mouth and then held out the now- heaping bowl.

“Wow!”Thomas drooled. “Can I have two?” He picked the biggest double-dipped

“Do you keep a secret stash like Daddy does?” asked Chloe.

“Patience, my dears, I have lots.” Gramma

“No, honey, I only have these around at Christmas time.”

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“When I was a little girl, I always knew Christmas was coming when the big red box appeared in the dining-room cupboard. It was a five-pound box, full of double-dipped cherry chocolates, about yay big,” Gramma gestured with her hands.


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