Don’t let fruitcake anxiety ruin your holidays

imageNote: In observance of National Fruitcake Appreciation Day today, I thought I’d offer this rum-laced flashback…

Recent studies show that anxiety during the holidays is not only common but, in many cases, the result of FDAD — Fruitcake Disposal Anxiety Disorder. On one hand, your fruitcake is often given as a gift and therefore deserving of some measure of appreciation. On the other hand, you may have already tossed it into your neighbor’s yard, where it has become a chew toy for their pit bull.

This often leads to feelings of anxiety, particularly when you see “Buster,” still intoxicated with rum, struggling to dislodge the sugar loaf from his tightly-clenched jaws.

So, as a service to our readers, we assembled a group of psychiatrists to help provide insight into dealing with FDAD. At a cost of more than $200 an hour, we held an informative, three-minute discussion to create the following self-help guide:

I’m OK — You’re OK. But Give Me a Fruitcake and I’ll Kill You.

What follows is an easy, four-step guide to help FDAD sufferers control their fruitcake anxiety. 

Step one: Make a list of your fruitcake’s good qualities! The key is to start with what makes fruitcake unique. For example: Its indestructibility. You may not like fruitcake, but you have to respect the fact that cockroaches will be eating it long after humans are being imported to other galaxies on alien party platters.

Step two: Incorporate fruitcake into your daily activities. This is easy once you stop thinking of fruitcake as “food.” In the same way that Tofurkey is slowly gaining acceptance as an environmentally safe adhesive, fruitcake doesn’t seem so bad once you’ve started using it to block open the garage door. Or as a counterweight on the gas peddle while your car warms up each morning. The point is, if it’s good enough to serve as a “bunker buster” for our military, it’s good enough to serve as a doorstop in your family’s home.

Step three: Consider turning your fruitcake into a treasured heirloom by getting it engraved and then giving it to someone! Just add your name and date, and you can pass this special keepsake on to someone else at the next available birthday party, wedding, house warming, Earth Day celebration, etc.

And finally, if after following these first three steps you’re still unable to control your symptoms, go directly to Step four: Investing in a ticket to Mantiou Springs, Colo., for the annual Great Fruitcake Toss.

Each January, this event draws hundreds of people from around the world for the sole purpose of showing off their fruitcakes.

And then catapulting them as far as possible.

Sure, this may sound stupid, but…

OK, yeah — it’s pretty stupid.

However, our experts agreed launching fruitcakes great distances can provide FDAD sufferers with a sense of empowerment that can quell anxiety.

As one expert explained, “Your three minutes are up.”

We hope this has been helpful.

We also hope no one send us fruitcake as a show of appreciation.







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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

15 thoughts on “Don’t let fruitcake anxiety ruin your holidays”

  1. No fruitcakes in this family! LOL! But I do miss a wonderful rum cake my hubby’s aunt used to make. She put the rum on AFTER she baked it and it was warm going down. Want a Christmas buzz, just eat a couple of slices of that cake and you can say you never touched a drop of the eggnog! HA HA! 😉

  2. One day Ned I will send you one of my Christmas cakes. Fruit soaked in rum and then rum applied every day until I ice it. My family (well all apart from the teen) love my cake. A guaranteed crowd pleaser. 😊

    1. Wow, Suz! I have to admit, it sounds amazing. It seems the real deal is always a process and not done in a single day. If you ever send one my way, I promise not to drive after having a piece 😉

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