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Fruitcake Toss Day

Today is January 3rd and there are only 356 days until Christmas.

It is National Fruit Cake Toss Day and no, we’re not kidding. The first Fruitcake Toss Day was celebrated in Manitou Springs, Colorado in 1995 where it is still celebrated today. Check it out:

We haven’t seen their 2014 video yet. There is a rumor going about they smoke those things there now, so who knows.

Today is also Festival of Sleep Day, a grand post-Christmas tradition.

If you cannot sleep perhaps you would consider participating in National Humiliation Day. It’s not what you think. In my mind’s eye when I first heard this I had the old Mad magazine’s themed series “Snappy Comebacks to Stupid Questions” in mind — as a day celebrating the put down. Alas, it is nothing of the sort.

Instead it is a day intended to recognize the goodness of mankind and NOT humiliate any fellow human beings. Check it out. President John Adams declared the day back in 1798 —

… as a day of solemn humiliation, fasting, and prayer; that the citizens of these States, abstaining on that day from their customary worldly occupations, offer their devout addresses to the Father of Mercies agreeably to those forms or methods which they have severally adopted as the most suitable and becoming; that all religious congregations do, with the deepest humility, acknowledge before God the manifold sins and transgressions with which we are justly chargeable as individuals and as a nation, beseeching Him at the same time, of His infinite grace, through the Redeemer of the World, freely to remit all our offenses, and to incline us by His Holy Spirit to that sincere repentance and reformation which may afford us reason to hope for his inestimable favor and heavenly benediction; that it be made the subject of particular and earnest supplication that our country may be protected from all the dangers which threaten it; that our civil and religious privileges may be preserved inviolate and perpetuated to the latest generations; that our public councils and magistrates may be especially enlightened and directed at this critical period; that the American people may be united in those bonds of amity and mutual confidence and inspired with that vigor and fortitude by which they have in times past been so highly distinguished and by which they have obtained such invaluable advantages; that the health of the inhabitants of our land may be preserved, and their agriculture, commerce, fisheries, arts, and manufactures be blessed and prospered; that the principles of genuine piety and sound morality may influence the minds and govern the lives of every description of our citizens, and that the blessings of peace, freedom, and pure religion may be speedily extended to all the nations of the earth.


If that’s too heavy, consider today as Drinking Straw Day.

Father of 7, Grandfather of 7, husband of 1. Freelance writer, Major League baseball geek, aspiring Family Historian.
Since I not only love fruitcake but make it and since Jan 3 is also my birthday you can understand that I'm not into fruitcake tossing. In fat, I wonder if many of those claiming dislike of fruitcake actually don't care for it or have simply internalized the idea.

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