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Jae

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It's Christmas morning. You're gathered with your family opening presents. When it's your turn to open, you unwrap the brightly colored gift to reveal -ack! - a fruitcake! What will you do?
 

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Depends. If it's a nice homemade one like Mom used to make, I dig in. If it's a store bought one, I throw it at the person who gave it to me and howl in dismay :ROFLMAO:. Okay, not really, but that's what I'd think of doing. I thank them politely and start thinking of how to subtly regift it.
 

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Is it homemade dark fruitcake? If so, I go over and give them a great big hug.
 

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I think the worst Christmas gifts are the ones where the giver has spent quite a bit of money but not bothered to find out what is appropriate (ie clothing that is the wrong size). I try to smile and appear thankful but what good is a dress that is two sizes too large or a pair of pants that you'll never be able to zipper - or another set of wineglasses when you are down-sizing to an apartment. I hate waste.
On the other hand, I do appreciate the effort some people put into gifts.

Seelerman once pointed out to me that I sometimes gave him gifts that I liked more than he did. (ie I grew up with a jigsaw puzzle under the tree every year. I find doing puzzles relaxing and early in our marriage I noticed that whenever I had one set up he would join me in completing it. So I started buying him a puzzle each year - pictures I thought he would like (deer, moose, kids playing pond hockey, trains, horses hauling lumber). And he told me that he only does puzzles because I enjoy them. Now Santa puts a puzzle under the tree but it isn't counted as a Seelerman gift. He gets the usual jeans, socks, shirt.
 

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It's Christmas morning. You're gathered with your family opening presents. When it's your turn to open, you unwrap the brightly colored gift to reveal -ack! - a fruitcake! What will you do?
"Thank you so much, I was wondering where this bit of me had gone to...anyone for a bite? I'm nonfattening..."
 

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A dark Christmas cake under the tree would get the giver a big smile and a hug from me. I love real Christmas cake - dark - rich - wrapped in a rum soaked cloth - thick with fruit.
We have downsized and have no desire for household items. Clothing? We prefer to find our own (sometimes at a Thrift Store). Within the family little kids get a gift from us (and anyone else who buys something), bigger kids get cheques. My midlife kids get a 'something' to open - maybe a game to share with their family, maybe a useful bit of camping gear, or some art/craft stuff. They have each thrown out more 'stuff' than I ever dreamed of having - and they appear to have more money than us.

No matter howit plays out there will always be leffsa, sausage rolls, mincetarts etc :)
 

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cool @KayTheCurler! is there Viking in your background? :love:

there's a viking hall in Vancouver, WA, where they serve a pretty cool pancake breakfast

i haven't yet had the opportunity to taste the leffsa dinner
 

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the worst gift I could think of would be a large decorative item from a friend who comes to visit often and expect it to be up on my wall. I once got a garden ornament- but the weather took care of that one within one season.
 

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I wouldn't have a problem to find someone who likes fruitcake- the foodbank would likely take it, the youth group might eat it,or people in the homeless shelter.
 

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I wouldn't have a problem to find someone who likes fruitcake- the foodbank would likely take it, the youth group might eat it,or people in the homeless shelter.
Sweet - that's what I'd do - re-gift the hideous thing.
 

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wow, wouldn't it be amazing if I made Chrismas cake his weekend and sent some to PR Jae as his gift?
Hmm... Perhaps Pinga is my SS... ? If you were to send me that Pinga I would be thankful because I would turn it over to my wife and my mom. They <3 fruitcake.
 

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flatbread -so good.

Fruitcake - dark and homemade. yum
 

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flatbread -so good.

Fruitcake - dark and homemade. yum
It's the darkness that makes me turn away. It's too dense - too aged - too moist for my liking. Maybe if there was a lighter fruitcake - with less dried fruit and more nuts in it - I think I could go for that.
 

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I loved my grandma's fruitcake, I didn't know it was fruitcake for the longest time as it was Christmas cake. A light one, she used to make one with and one without nuts for our family but later switched to just no nuts as that's what I preferred, my sister couldn't eat the other one and my parents had no preference. I don't think there was any dried fruit, it was all cherries and gumdrops.
 

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I think the worst Christmas gifts are the ones where the giver has spent quite a bit of money but not bothered to find out what is appropriate (ie clothing that is the wrong size). I try to smile and appear thankful but what good is a dress that is two sizes too large or a pair of pants that you'll never be able to zipper - or another set of wineglasses when you are down-sizing to an apartment. I hate waste.
You exchange it.
 

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I loved my grandma's fruitcake, I didn't know it was fruitcake for the longest time as it was Christmas cake. A light one, she used to make one with and one without nuts for our family but later switched to just no nuts as that's what I preferred, my sister couldn't eat the other one and my parents had no preference. I don't think there was any dried fruit, it was all cherries and gumdrops.
My Mom used to sometimes make a lovely gumdrop cake. Mmm - now that was good eating :)
 

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(ie I grew up with a jigsaw puzzle under the tree every year. I find doing puzzles relaxing and early in our marriage I noticed that whenever I had one set up he would join me in completing it. So I started buying him a puzzle each year - pictures I thought he would like (deer, moose, kids playing pond hockey, trains, horses hauling lumber).
Also with me, seeler. A neighbour we had always gave us a jigsaw puzzle every year for Christmas as we were growing up. I would spend Christmas afternoon/evening doing the puzzle (if we didn't have company or go out visiting) and throughout the Christmas holidays til it was done.

Santa brings our household a puzzle every year for Christmas too! And those of us that gather here work on it over the holidays. Our Co-op store used to get in the most beautiful Christmas scene jigsaw puzzles, but they stopped a couple of years ago . . . it is hard to find them here . . . I will look on one of my out-of-town trips.
 
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