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Relish Plate On Your Holiday Table?

It has been a life long tradition in these parts to have a relish tray and various other little treats at our holiday tables.

When growing up, the plate always had carrot and celery sticks, black olives, pimento stuffed green olives, baby dill pickles, bread and butter pickle slices or sweet pickles and scallions. There was always a small dish of pickled beets and almost always a bowl of cinnamon-spiced pickled crab apples. (Haven't had those crab apples in eons. I don't even know if they still are available.)

Did your family serve a relish tray? If they did, what were the traditional components?

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