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Buy (Be) A Fruitcake This Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! If you’ve read any of my previous Christmas writings, you’ll know that I start my Christmas season the day after Halloween. I look forward to this special calendar period each year. 

The Christmas season is special to many of us because of the wonderful Christmas memories of our youth. I loved being a parent of young children celebrating Christmas, but my best memories are when I was a child listening to Andy Williams on our Curtis Mathis stereo system in front of our silver aluminum Christmas tree. My childhood friends will be able to relate to this.

A later in life Christmas memory is when I was working for my father’s business during this time of year. Before I came to work for Dad, he had started a Christmas tradition of giving away fruitcakes to all of his special customers, and there were many of them. My new role in my job was to take over the assignment of delivering the fruitcakes each year. The first couple of years of doing this were OK, but it became a joke to our customers where they thought, “Here comes Robby with that fruitcake, what are we going to do with it this year?” Watch the video below to see one of my fruitcake deliveries:

Well, that wasn’t actually my delivery, but I can assure you the customers felt that way. The cakes actually tasted pretty good, and they were made by a local bakery that was one of our larger customers; therefore, we were kind of obligated to buy a batch of fruitcakes each year. EVERY Christmas season I either hear a joke, or see a joke on-line about fruitcakes.

Being called a fruitcake is not a compliment. Can you imagine someone calling you a chocolate cake, or angel food cake? Either one of those would be a compliment, but how would you like being called a fruitcake? This Christmas I desire for you to be a fruitcake.

Jesus tells us, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV). Please notice that He didn’t ask us to fix others by telling them what they may be doing wrong. We all have our own “wrongs” that can be attended to. We’re just supposed to be “fruitcakes.” (There are times when we are to correct a Believer with gentleness while being non-judgmental.)

The King James Version of the Bible calls us to be “peculiar people” in 1 Peter 2:9. I could share many stories with you about me being “peculiar” from the rest of the world. My actions alone would be a testimony of my faith, and eventually a person would ask me to explain my peculiarity. Then I was prepared to explain why I may seem like a “fruitcake.” The Bible says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).

Please watch this amazing story about being a fruitcake. The link will open up to a Facebook page, and it's a little long, but I assure you the video will bless you. Watch it to the end. The end is important, the ending is always most important:

Merry Christmas!