I've heard of all sorts of Christmas traditions that range in a particular white elephant gift being re-gifted every year, to certain game families like to play, but this tradition has made my stomach turn just a bit. There's a family in Tecumseh, MI who has a 141- year old fruit cake that they bust out every Christmas. Why in the world would they bring this out every December you wonder? It actually has a lot of heart. Julie Ruttinger, the great great granddaughter of Fidelia Ford, who baked the cake in 1878, says it's to honor her ancestor.

According to Detroit News, Fidelia Ford would bake the cake and let it age for a year before serving it during holiday seasons. That alone would take courage to eat. But when Ford died at the age of 65 before her 1878 cake could be "enjoyed", the family decided to honor the last cake by holding onto it. Even though it's 141 years old, it's still nowhere near world record status:

That honor goes to a 4,176-year-old cake that was found in an Egyptian tomb, according to the Guinness organization. It is on display in a food museum in Switzerland.

Still, for what this story lacks in deliciousness, it makes up for in heart.

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