I grew up in Chicago. Of course, I have found memories of Christmas. As an adult I have been looking to enjoy the things that made Christmas special. A short list of things that I enjoyed at Christmastime includes; Firestone Christmas records, oranges in my stocking, homemade stockings, cut rock candy from Peerless in Chgo, a live Christmas tree, turkey, ham, stuffing, pretzels in a giant tin container, a variety cheese wedges in a green plastic tray, venison sausage, hanging c-9 Christmas lights outside, golden Christmas lights on the artificial tree, life size Empire light up Santa Claus blowmold, copious amounts of black tea, a wood burning fireplace, small fabric elves, homemade ornaments including Styrofoam balls pierced with glittering costume jewels and a little drummer boy made from a wooden clothes pin, pumpkin pie, and Salerno Holiday Jingles.
Today my wife bought me a box of Santa's Favorites cookies, which was quite sweet of her. Are you asking, "Where are the Holiday Jingles" Here's the short version. Salerno, a regional company, made Holiday Jingles for as long as I can remember. These were anise flavored cookies with red and green sprinkles in a green cardboard box. Those cookies no longer exist. When Keebler bought Salerno they stopped Salerno from using the Jingles name. Keebler has since put out it's own inferior version pictured above. Today Salerno makes the cookie using the same recipe and calls them Santa's Favorites. (I have met Santa and I can tell yo that hey are, in deed, his favorite!) The problem with Santa's Favs is that they don't have the same shapes and textures as the oldies. You know what? They taste the same. So, if you are nostalgic for the old Holiday Jingles try the new version and let me know what you think.
What are the things that made your Christmas special?