22 December 2008

The Fruitcake, Redux

You haven't forgotten the story of the fruitcake, have you? We haven't gotten a holiday fruitcake since the fruitcake tradition died with my grandfather. Oh, my father sends out canned cheese every year (really, in a can, and it's good), and my uncle sends nuts (and it's just not Christmas without Uncle Phil's nuts), but fruitcake has gone the way of all things.

Not too long ago, though, I was flipping through the Archie McPhee catalog, and came across this:


The thought crossed my mind that I could step into my grandfather's shoes and send a "fruitcake" to everyone on that side of my family. But I restrained myself.

Anyway, if I had sent it, would I then have to send one every year? Or could I just send a postcard, "don't forget to blow up your fruitcake!"? Gosh, life is complicated.

17 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

They're only $6.95. Go ahead. You know you wanna....

Gotta Knit! said...

That is hysterical! Going to have to remember that for next year's Secret Santa at work.

bernthis said...

I'll take the doll. If he's holding a piece of "fruit" that is okay too.

Furrow said...

Seriously, though, whats wrong with fruitcake?

Mayberry said...

Archie McPhee has some good stuff.

Ree said...

Well, it's either that or Chia pets, right?

odigo virgin said...

Ugh!

Stimey said...

That's hilarious. My mom loves the fruitcake that they sell in the grocery store. I usually buy her one, but she's out of the country and won't be back for a couple of months. Although I guess the fruitcake probably wouldn't go bad.

Woman in a Window said...

HA! I love it! (At first I thought BOOM blow it up! And then I actually read the ad which I thought was a recipe. D'oh!)

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

They would probably rather get this than a real fruitcake.

Julia said...

I don't know about send, but the closed box once a year science experiment may even keep your grandchildren occupied, you know....

Don Mills Diva said...

I am robably one of the only people in the world who actually likes fruitcake.

Seriously.

Not so sure about canned cheese though.

Becky said...

Happy and merry!

cactus petunia said...

It's festive. It's traditional. It's inedible-I must have one!

Melissa said...

OMG! LOVE IT!

Next year, someone on my list is gettin that bad boy!

Debbie said...

An inflatable fruitcake. I have truly seen everything now.

ozma said...

Does anyone eat fruitcake? Fruitcake scares me.