What’s Your Holiday Weakness?

I bet you’ve heard that in job interviews. For years people have been answering it with something stupid like, “My weakness is that I am a perfectionist.” Baloney.

That’s not the intention of my question today.  For this post, think of weakness as a special fondness for something.  For instance, my big weaknesses are old cars and good cigars.

During the holiday season, I have an even bigger weakness for mincemeat pie and fudge.  My cousin, Lois, is one of the few people on the planet like me who have a weakness for fruitcake.  My wife’s holiday weakness is eggnog, especially the kind made by our friend, Peter.  And Peter has a weakness for fishing which feeds his friends’ weaknesses for sashimi, which he serves along with eggnog at annual holiday parties!

Why are these weaknesses?  Because when faced with these yummy, fun things, we just can’t resist them.

What do you give into at this time of year?  Please don’t tell me you have a weakness for Rod Stewart singing holiday carols. I’d have to say Bah Humbug!


Gary Ingram

Gary Ingram

I grew up in Golden, CO in the 50’s, the child of a middle class housewife and a lifelong employee of the U.S. Post Office. My professional career spanned 25 years with the U.S. Government and I retired early. Today I am an Aging-in-Place Specialist (which does not mean I just sit in a recliner and watch football), a devoted “Papa” to my grandchildren and partner to my lovely wife. I’m a crusty old fart who appreciates a good cigar, an old car, an occasional game of golf, Blue Collar Radio, NASCAR and my Denver Broncos. At BoomerReviews.com, I hold the title, “Chief of Questions.” Let’s see what you think about my questions and answers. Chime in!

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  1. Lois Williams says:

    No fair, Gary…now everybody knows! Guess I’m ‘out of the pantry’ on this one! But ask me to eat a fruitcake in July, or even February…nah. Some weaknesses are seasonal (e.g., that Peeps craving evaporates the day after Easter). Another empty-calorie (more fat, less filling) weakness I’ll admit to this time of year is soaking up overrated holiday movies. Last night we watched “It Happened on 5th Avenue”. Had never heard of it, but it came highly-rated and “as good as ‘It’s A Wonderful Life'”. Uh…I don’t think so. But like eating the third piece of fudge, I just couldn’t stop watching it. Yes, it was gooey and sweet and kind of funny. After it ended, my husband commented that it really wasn’t a “Christmas movie”; the end of it just takes place at Christmas. And I responded that a lot of older movies seem to be like that (this was made in 1947, same as ‘Wonderful Life’, which also just has a little bit of Christmas in it). In many of those older movies, the holiday was just sort of incidental to the story, a kind of sprinkling on the frosting on the cake, but rarely the cake itself. Maybe reflecting how Christmas itself was celebrated back then. People didn’t go overboard and let the holiday totally consume their lives for weeks on end, as we do today. Likewise, the Christmas movies of today often exemplify that contemporary over-indulgence and excessiveness (‘Christmas Vacation’, ‘Home Alone’, ‘Jingle All the Way’, ‘Christmas With the Kranks’, etc., etc.; by the way, notice they’re all comedies–at least we can laugh at our obsessions!). One characteristic the old and new holiday movies seem to have in common, though, is the presence of at least one disfunctional friend or family member (newer movies seem to stockpile them). But I digress from ‘my weakness’ discussion. Just like trying to decide between eggnog (I’m with you, Shannon…pass the brandy!) and fruitcake (and I’m with you, Gary…pass the hard sauce!), I’d be hard pressed to choose favorites between George Bailey and Clark Griswold. What would Christmas be without either, or both, of them?

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