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Jan3 Fun Holiday – Fruitcake Toss Day

Fruitcake Toss Day on January 3 is an annual holiday that celebrates fruitcakes - the gift that keeps on giving - by tossing them in an empty space.

Christmas fruit cake with decoration.

Get rid of unwanted fruitcake on Fruitcake Toss Day.

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The holidays can be a stressful time and can make the calmest person want to toss something in anger. Well, fear not, collect all that dense, unwanted fruitcake that everyone and their sisters brought to your holiday party and toss them on Fruitcake Toss Day.

It is thought that this holiday was first created and celebrated in Manitou Springs, Colorado, in 1995.

How to Celebrate?

  • Collect all the fruitcake you can. Find an empty space, and start tossing your fruitcakes.
  • Feeling competitive? Compete for the highest or farthest throw.
  • Fruitcakes are sometimes known as the gift that gives on giving, referring to a practice of re-gifting fruitcakes during the holiday season. So, instead of tossing fruitcakes, why not share them with family, friends, and colleagues?

Did You Know…

…that fruitcakes that contain alcohol have a long shelf life? Because of this, the fruitcake was the snack of choice for travelers and winter dwellers in the days of no refrigeration.

Fruitcake Toss Day Observances

Fun Holiday: Fruitcake Toss Day Observances
YearWeekdayDateName
2020FriJan 3Fruitcake Toss Day
2021SunJan 3Fruitcake Toss Day
2022MonJan 3Fruitcake Toss Day
2023TueJan 3Fruitcake Toss Day
2024WedJan 3Fruitcake Toss Day
2025FriJan 3Fruitcake Toss Day
2026SatJan 3Fruitcake Toss Day
2027SunJan 3Fruitcake Toss Day
2028MonJan 3Fruitcake Toss Day
2029WedJan 3Fruitcake Toss Day

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