One 40-year-old Christmas Cookie.
Apparently, this cookie was baked and decorated by my late mother-in-law in about 1967. It even survived the move from Dallas to Washington a few years ago. My father-in-law showed it to my daughters last winter when they visited with him up in Washington. Daughters were quite impressed with their grandmother's decorating skills as they had no idea that one could decorate home-baked cookies. They had never seen anything like it in their own home! I, of course, was wondering why anyone would save a cookie for that long a time but then -- how could you throw it out now?
UPDATE: Father-in-law sent this email after reading this blog entry. So-- now we have the rest of the story as Paul Harvey says:
The Christmas cookie was one that Jo had given to Uncle Bill when they lived on Bonita Street in Dallas. Bill was never one to throw anything out. So when Gertrude was preparing to move to Boyd, Texas I helped her boxing things. So when I came across the cookie, my sis said she would give it to me, if I promised to keep it. So that is why I still have it. So when I move on someone else will have to decide what to do with it. On TV the other day they were showing a Fruit cake that was almost one hundred years old.