Is it my imagination or are the stores not even waiting for the Halloween candy to be sold out before putting on the Christmas Carols? It seems that in my younger days, and I am talking working retail during high school and college that it wasn’t until the day after Thanksgiving that the lights were strung in the windows, and Rudolph and his red nose started being played on the radio. I still vividly remember the first year Jacob and I were married that it was moved to the day after Halloween. I was working at one of the portrait studios at the mall and one day it was Ghosts and Witches and the next it was pine garland and twinkle lights.
So it wasn’t much of a surprise when Jacob and I went to the mall this past weekend that once again the wreaths and ribbons were dangling from the ceiling. What was a surprise however was our quick jaunt to the grocery store. Since we are moving we haven’t done an official grocery shop in awhile and I was jonesing for some soda and some ice cream. Now one of our Christmas “treats is Tom Tucker’s mint gingerale, but that is sold year around so I wasn’t shocked to see that there were more bottles of it than ussual. Not giving it much more thought I grabbed some Diet Raspberry Ginger Ale and some Diet Pepsi and headed towards the Ice Cream Isle.
I was giddy as Jacob said I could get what ever I wanted as he is a Vanilla only man. As I glanced at the brands and their colorful contents I couldn’t help but be stopped by these two flavors. and a more seasonable flavor of Even with the discovery of Tom Tucker, and Peppermint Ice cream I certainly wasn’t prepared for the end cap that I would encounter next. See, its only November 5th. 6 days post Halloween, 1 day post election and 22 days pre Thanksgiving did I expect to see row upon row of Egg nog! There they stood in plastic containers, round metal containers, and paper cartons as if it were simply waiting for the rush of Christmas shoppers to pluck them off the shelves. Given my love of the stuff I must admit that I grabbed a $3.99 quart and then debated which to endulge in first my Peppermint Ice Cream or my nog…decision decisions . The ice cream won out in the end.
Christmas candy flavored ice cream topped a summer ice cream cone treat…and again I am forced to ask, wasn’t it just Halloween?