by Sherry Stocking Kline
December 14th, 2009
Thanks to Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers for today’s Christmas Advent Calendar Challenge!
Fruit Cake – Friend or Foe?
Did you like fruitcake? Did your family receive fruitcakes? Have you ever re-gifted fruitcake? Have you ever devised creative uses for fruitcake?
(Note: you can also post about a “fruitcake ancestor” and use it for Madness Monday!)
We didn’t receive very many fruitcakes when I was growing up…
Just lucky, I guess!
But my mom professed to love them, so occasionally she would buy one. It usually never got finished, so how much could she actually love them, right?
Me, I tasted one or two, didn’t care for the rubbery candied fruit, and considered myself a Fruitcake hater.
Many years later, after I was grown and working at a federal government farm office the local grain elevator who always gave our office Christmas gifts of one sort or another, usually food or candy, gave us some fruitcakes.
“Oh, great,” I thought, “They usually give us good gifts, and this year - Fruitcake!”
They seemed to be filled with a little extra Christmas Cheer…
Everyone else dived in (except for me) and exclaimed how good it was! It also seemed they were traveling back to the break table just a little extra often to grab a piece of that fruitcake, and maybe it was my imagination, but they seemed to be filled with a little extra ‘Christmas Cheer,’ too.
Finally, not wanting to miss out on anything I decided to give the fruitcake a one-time try.
Mmmmm? This can’t be fruitcake, I thought. The fruit wasn’t rubbery and tasteless and what in the world was this stuff marinated with?
It wouldn’t have passed the “Southern Baptist” test…
Mmmmm…. Whatever it was, it wouldn’t have passed the teetotaling “Southern Baptist” test that Whitney Clare writes about in her Advent Calendar Challenge! And whatever it was, it was worth a second piece, and a third.
It was a pretty ‘cheery’ Christmas around there till the fruitcakes were gone, and doggone it, I never did find out where the elevator bought those fruitcakes ….