Hello readers! It's time for that beloved lazfood holiday tradition: the gift basket roundup. The gift basket roundup is necessitated by the trifecta of unfortunate holiday facts that 1) my mom won't let me cook anything when I'm home, 2) there are no decent restaurants for me to report on in billings (at least none that I didn't already report on, below), and 3) my dad gets about 50 gift baskets a day all december from his clients.
When I got in to the airport late last night, I mentioned that I was hungry from my trip and my mom promptly launched in to a listing of all the gift basket foods that were available for my snacking at home. First, we had a homebaked cookie tin from my dad's secretaries-- which I opened this morning, said "uggghhhhh" and closed again-- and then we had a box of apples, a box of mandarin oranges, two boxes of grapefruits, and a box of pears.
This brings me to the grapefruit mystery. Namely: why the fuck do so many of my dad's clients independently decide that it would be a good idea to send him a box of grapefruits for christmas? We reliably get 2 or 3 boxes of them every year. Does this happen to your parents? Do they get tons of boxes of grapefruit from business associates? It just seems like such a random, non-festive gift. Especially because my dad doesn't even really like grapefruit, so it's not like he often says to people on the phone "wow, I had a great grapefruit this morning, it was so good, there's nothing I like more than grapefruit!" Oh and also because they almost always freeze, because it is usually like 5 degrees in montana in december!
I told my mom I was writing a blog post about this and she said that if I got answers she wanted to hear them, so the stakes here are high! Who else's parents get grapefruits for christmas, and how many, and why??