I love fruitcake. For the past 25+ years, I have been buying fruitcakes from The Collin Street Bakery that is world-renowned for its fruitcakes. The business, opened in 1896, is located in Corsicana, Texas and ships to all 50 states, U.S. possessions and 195 foreign lands. The Bakery is the recipient of the president’s coveted “E-Award.”
Some of the characteristics of their fruitcake are:
- Each fruitcake is the perfect balance of native pecans (27%), shelled in Corsicana, Texas.
- Hand-picked Golden sweet pineapple and lush papaya, from our own farms in Costa Rica.
- Ripe, red cherries from Oregon and Washington State.
- Pure clover honey, plump golden raisins.
- Refrigerated, the Deluxe fruitcake stays moist and delicious for months.
Fruitcake has been a Christmas staple for decades. And it has been a mystery to people for just as long. The age-old question surrounding fruitcake is always, “Just what is it that I’m actually eating…?” In the spirit of Christmas and holiday traditions, I found this infographic by lemonly.com that dissects the fruitcake. We know there are lots of fruitcake recipes out there, but here is just one example of all the ingredients that can go into the elusive Christmas “treat.” Grab a fork and dive in, everyone! Let them eat (fruit)cake!
Most Americans can probably easily rattle off the 12 days of Christmas. The song recounts someone giving their significant other some incredibly odd gifts for the course of 12 days during Christmas time. I’m not sure what use I personally would have with “six geese a laying” or “seven swans a swimming” but I’m sure at some point in history these would have been incredibly romantic gestures.
And, apparently, expensive ones.
The Atlantic‘s Derek Thompson recently published this amazing infographic showing the true cost of the 12 days of Christmas, also highlighting the fact that thanks to inflation, how the 12 days of Christmas have become increasingly costly over the course of the past 30 years.
Apparently the cheapest gift to get your lover off of this list are the “eight maids a milking” which will only cost you 58 bucks. Both the “nine ladies dancing” and “11 pipers piping” however, will set you back nearly eight grand.
If any of you are looking to buy me something nice this Christmas, I suppose I’d settle for the “two turtle doves.” At $125 this seems to be a sensible present.
Source: Tess VandenDolder, Staff Writer, Politics, InTheCapital
Across the world, Christmas is celebrated in a multitude of rich and cherished traditions. Their origins are wonderfully varied, emerging out of cultures and beliefs throughout history. This illustrated timeline, brought to you by Balsam Hill, captures the flow of some of the most popular Christmas traditions and figures and traces their simple lineage from St. Nicholas’ humble beginnings to today.
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Christmas 2010: Rockefeller Center switches on its towering holiday gift to New York: a 74-foot spruce draped with 30,000 lights and 5 miles of wire. But New York’s tree is not actually the biggest or the brightest on the block.
If you’re looking for the tallest tree in America, visit Phoenix. Looking for the heaviest? Hitch a ride on over to San Francisco. Well surely, the brightest tree must be in the Big Apple, right? Nuh uh: Salt Lake City. In fact, despite its undeniably awesomeness, the only superlative that New York’s Norway Spruce can rightfully own is that it uses the most electricity. Click on the image below for a supersized, super-in-depth view of the Nation’s most favored pines.
After traveling for a few weeks from Arizona to New York, then New York to Paris and back, and then New York back to Arizona, I am bushed! I decided to have some fun for the next week and have seven days of Christmas infographics. My first one is in honor of one of my favorite people: Santa Claus.
I hope you enjoy these infographics as well as the season they represent.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday.