I knew a girl in high school who would put up her Christmas tree on the day after Halloween. November, she declared, was the official start of the holiday season.
Every year, what I’ve started referring to as “the holiday creep” seems to extend just a little further. Once the back to school section is cleared at Wal-Mart, space is made for Christmas stuff. What used to be the start of the Christmas season – the day after Thanksgiving – is now the point at which many people are finishing their shopping. Even Black Friday is now being overshadowed by Black November and various month-long Christmas countdowns.
I’m usually pretty bah humbug about the creep. I try to put it off as long as possible, not because I don’t love the holiday season (I do) but because having it last for months takes away from some of the special feeling.
But I’m finally ready to stick a toe into the holiday pool, so to speak. And what better way to think holiday than to think food, right? I had been thinking about how excited I am to see Satsumas and Clementines and Cuties and all of those little, easy to peel citrus back in stores, and at decent prices. I will spend the next couple of months with a constant supply of them in my fruit bowl, with one or more in my pocket and a few rolling around my purse at all times. It’s time for cranberry sauce (jellied, from a can, Ocean Spray) to go back on sale so I can stock up – it’s one of my favorite foods, year round. (yes, everyone thinks this is weird but me) And then I saw this list in Better Homes and Gardens of seasonal specialties:
Candy Cane Mint Hershey’s Kisses
Blue Bunny Perfectly Peppermint ice cream
(though not on the list, pretty sure mint M&M’s are also seasonal)
My favorite of these: Pomegranate 7Up. So, so good.
(apparently there used to be Holiday Spice Pepsi?)
Any seasonal specialty you look forward to? Egg nog? Fruitcake? The McRib? Laxatives after a month of stuffing yourself full of sugary goodness?