Food for Thought: The Holidays (and Holiday Food) Are Here! But Wait, Isn’t It Too Early?

The Christmas holiday season is one of my favorite times of year. I cannot wait to bake cookies to my heart’s content and share them with loved ones. The smell of a live Christmas tree in the house makes me happy and nostalgic. The wrapping, sending, and receiving of packages puts me in the holiday spirit. And holiday music? Well, holiday music I listen to almost daily during the month of December. I’m the type of person who gets excited when Starbucks releases their new holiday cup for the season and I tell everyone they’ve arrived (like I did yesterday) because red holiday cups means cranberry bliss bars and gingerbread lattes.

20131101-185445.jpg Yesterday I stopped into Starbucks while running errands and discovered that the red holiday cups had made their debute…on Halloween. Say, WHAT?! That’s right, red holiday cups are here. I also noticed while running errands that Christmas decorations and candy was already set up in the next aisle over from the Halloween costumes and candy.

Wait, what happened to Thanksgiving? I couldn’t help but wonder, does Turkey Day no longer hold any importance? What about turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, greenbean casserole, honey baked ham, homemade bread, and PIES?! What about turkey and stuffing sandwiches the day after Thanksgiving?

I am all for the holiday season and I look forward to it all year long, but I am not ok with skipping a holiday. Besides, it’s way too early! Don’t get me wrong, I was very excited about my Starbucks holiday cup yesterday and I put a photo up on my social media. However, my excitement was short lived because it’s too early and I’m not ready for this yet, as one of my readers quickly replied.

I didn’t refrain from buying my latte in a holiday cup, nor from buying some new holiday candy to try (review up in a few days). Maybe I should have, but I was simultaneously way too excited and shocked that the holidays have come so early. The Halloween candy is still lingering and turkey and pie is soon to follow, and then I’ll be ready to chop down a tree, wrap packages, bake cookies, and rock out to holiday music. But for now I’m going to enjoy a few pieces of lingering Halloween candy and gear up for turkey, stuffing, and pie, glorious PIE (can you tell it’s one of my favorite desserts?).

How about you, do you think the holiday season has arrived too early this year, or do you think the earlier the better?

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