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Christmas Candy

Jauneta StoutEsther is sweet, desirable, even irresistible. She came to Bert at Christmas, but was rejected. Then she came to me. But I had known her love so much over the holidays that I passed her on. Will she find love at her next home, or will she end up forgotten on the shelf? Good luck, Esther Price.

Esther Price Fine Chocolates, manufactured in Dayton, Ohio, are delicious year-round. During Christmas holidays, though, we tend to overindulge — chocolate is a favorite indulgence. In fact, during the holidays all candies are readily available in amounts not known the rest of the year.

My gift giving and receiving included lots of chocolates this year. I reached a point where I did not know what to do with my largess. Some of the “treats” I was giving were undeliverable because of an ice storm the day of our proposed family get-together. When the weather improved, I took a box full of sacks of chocolates to Sunday morning church with me. There were people who were glad to get them.

This is part and parcel of re-gifting, which can be a touchy subject. But I dislike waste, especially food, since as children we were taught to eat everything because the children in China were hungry and they would be glad to get it. Here, part of the problem is that candy is easily available, and most of us have enough money to enjoy it.

My adult grandchildren are very selective in food for their children, and I doubt there is much candy in their houses. Good for them.

Giving and sharing are commendable and require some thought, even re-gifting. Sadly, I do not have all the answers.

Boxed chocolate
Photo by Fotolia/Brenda Carson