By David Valdes Greenwood
Ah, the candy stories of Christmas. presents lower than the tree. Cookies for Santa. And, in fact, the yearly fruitcake.
For younger David Valdes Greenwood, the indomitable “little fruitcake” on the heart of those stories, not anything is sweeter than the promise of the vacations. A modern day Tiny Tim, he holds speedy to his excellent of what Christmas could be, regardless of the large odds opposed to him: Sub-zero Maine winters. a bunch of eccentric family members. And his consistent foil: a frugal, God-fearing Grammy who turns out made up our minds to convey an finish to all his enjoyable. A publication that’s “fa-la-la-licious” (Louisville Courier magazine) and jam-packed with humorous, fascinating yule thoughts (from development a Lego® manger to trying to find the proper Christmas tree), a bit Fruitcake will motivate even the most important Grinches round.
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It seemed the right thing to do. It was one thing to watch the Santa show at home, where I could be alternately entertained and jaded. It was another thing entirely to encounter Santa face to face. I could have played along, displaying my Holiday Angel side, but instead my Inner Smarty Pants took over. And is there a Santa on earth who likes a Smarty Pants? Late one afternoon, the week before Christmas, my mother, Ignacio, and I were at the bank in Skowhegan. It was not our bank, the little one in Norridgewock 0738211220-Greenwood 28 8/20/07 9:36 AM Page 28 A LITTLE FRUITCAKE where my brother and I each had savings passbooks we didn’t quite understand.
In a school so small that there were only fifty kids in ten grades, I was one of three Davids—and not the only one in my class. Santa was going to have to do better if he wanted to convince me. Did this keep me from writing him a letter? Not at all. I wrote a “Dear Santa” missive in block letters, enjoying the ritual but not expecting that I would actually receive, say, a real elephant. When my mother asked me if I wanted to mail the letter to the address on the TV screen, I wasn’t sure what to make of it?
That’s right,” Not Really Santa said, relaxing a little. ” 0738211220-Greenwood 8/20/07 9:36 AM Page 29 BAD TO SANTA 29 Ignacio pounced. “He didn’t say you would be. ” “But I am Santa. ” Not Really Santa was trying, god bless his hopeless soul. But I was ready. I pointed at the big bank clock. “Santa will be broadcasting his TV show from the North Pole in ten minutes. ” Not Really Santa now understood, both from my schoolmarm tone and the I’m-going-to-eat-you shine in our eyes, that there was no hope of salvation.
A Little Fruitcake: A Childhood in Holidays by David Valdes Greenwood