Christmas is barely in the books and we haven't even it made it to 2010, but stores are ready to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Sprinkles and heart ice cube trays were among the impulse items on display at Target yesterday. Seasonal food items are seemingly moving up the retail calendar faster and faster. Cadbury Eggs are on the shelves at Walmart. This is cats and dogs living together, people.
Although I wish candy corn were on the shelves year round, I recognize that I'm excited for its appearance around Halloween because of what it symbolizes. In addition, when the time comes I ingest enough candy corn that I need the year off to remember why I enjoy it in the first place.
But holiday offerings are becoming like produce grown out of season. I can't adjust to a world where Cadbury Eggs are awaiting me in December. For one, it makes me concerned about just how fresh they'll be come Easter and it destroys one of the best rites of the season -- when the creme-filled eggs show up right around the time pitchers and catchers report for spring training.
It's time we took a stand against holiday food creep! We'll give the first two months of the year to Valentine's Day and the third and fourth months to Easter. May and June are officially up for grabs, while July and August can feature ice cream treats like the Bombpops, and September and October can be about Halloween. November and December are hereby reserved for Christmas.