A personalized note is added to one of the boxes of fruitcakes being shipped out by Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, Va. on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The monks here bake some 10,000 fruitcakes a year, from January to September, and then ship them out primarily for the Christmas season. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Photo by: BARBARA L. SALISBURY

A personalized note is added to one of the boxes of fruitcakes being shipped out by Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, Va. on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The monks here bake some 10,000 fruitcakes a year, from January to September, and then ship them out primarily for the Christmas season. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)