January 12, 2013
Merry Fruitcake Toss Day!
This holiday has everything a good holiday should have…. mysterious beginnings, controversy, and a little cake (although in this case not usually good cake-like work parties almost). Some sites state that the 3rd of January is the official Fruitcake Toss Day. It may be. However, I am celebrating it today.
Apparently it began in the mid-90’s as a symbolic gesture of cleaning out the old and getting prepared for the new year. However, the “Fruitcake People” say that the appropriate thing to do with a fruitcake instead of throwing it away is saving and it giving it to someone who don’t really like the following Christmas. I have to say that this tradition of giving year old fruitcake probably has given fruitcake the bad rap that it has as a dry, tasteless, and useless unless drown in rum (also like work parties come to think of it).
I actually didn’t do any of that research until after I threw my “fruitcake” so I didn’t celebrate by saving stuff I don’t like for a year to give to people I don’t really like and I definitely didn’t celebrate by cleaning out anything. So that brings me to the “fruitcake” that I tossed. I didn’t have any fruitcake so I thought that’s ok, I know what a compound word is…I’ll just toss fruit and cake. However, I also didn’t have any cake…so I decided that break was the closest grain that I had was bread (it was between that or tortillas…in retrospect tortillas might have flown a little better). I also picked a tangerine from the tree and threw that too to cover myself with the fruit bit. I took my fruit and my sack of bread and did the backward over the head wedding bouquet type toss in the driveway.