Saturday, January 07, 2006

Eggstremely Stupid

What is WRONG with this world???!?! By now I am used to the fact that stores start decorating and selling for Christmas after (and sometimes before!!!) Halloween, even though I think it's wrong, stupid, crass, and appalling. So yesterday I was not surprised to see Valentine's candy and cards and general shlock at the drugstore.

[Aside for those who wonder if this blog has ANYTHING to do with lesbians, babies, moles, or its purported theme anymore: I was picking up GI meds to deal with the reflux that pregnancy has brought me as a post-holiday gift.]

However, I was stunned and horrified to see a little display at the checkout of Reese's EGGS. People, Easter is not for MONTHS. Three of them. I'm quite aware of that fact, as Harpo and Easter are due to descend upon us at pretty much the same time. Plus, doesn't Reese's sell hearts for Valentine's Day? I'm sure they've got shamrocks in the pipeline, as the egg, which used to be available only at Easter, has morphed into some kind of strange treat for every possible holiday (I think they'll have flag shaped "eggs" for the 4th of July soon enough).

Just another reason to hate the drugstore.

But I did buy one. For Cait. :)


  • AHA! See, I've noticed the Reece's egg phenom as well. It's all about packaging--they all have the same general shape. The Reece's tree, the Reece's heart, the Reece's shamrock, the Reece's President's Day Abraham Lincoln Head...they're all just misshapen eggs. And they cannot be resisted!

    By Blogger hd, at 10:34 AM  

  • It is totally out of control. The second they think they can make money on something they shove it in your face.

    Really, though, I'm commenting because my word verification is irresistable: squatse

    Hee hee.

    By Anonymous jenny, at 12:07 PM  

  • My local Target store had Valentine's day card on display on the freaking day after Christmas and bathing suits are already starting to show up in stores here in Jersey where you won't be swimming for at least 6 months.

    By Anonymous Kimmyann, at 2:10 PM  

  • Unfortunately, I work in an office where certain people feel it necessary to purchase these various incarnations of Reece's eggs and leave them out for us to graze upon. Any time of the year - candy is here. Especially the seasonal stuff. I'm sure we'll be eating Christmas candy until the 4th of July Reece's firecrackers go on clearance.

    btw: my word verification is vsdotwah. Sounds like a swear word in German to me.

    By Blogger Sara, at 5:45 PM  

  • I totally get your irritation. By hyper-marketing everything months in advance, they're completely destroying the uniqueness of each holiday and they all end up gobbing together into this obnoxious super-spend-fest that means nothing. Grrrrr.......

    By Blogger deanna, at 6:36 PM  

  • I'm sorry... you lost me at Reese's. What's the problem?

    By Blogger Emilin, at 7:37 PM  

  • I may be the only one - but the eggs have always grossed me out. All that gushing & mess? blech!

    By Blogger Calliope, at 11:55 PM  

  • I saw easter decorations at the "craft store" while looking for a Christmas gift.

    It is enough to make me sick.

    By Anonymous sarcastic journalist, at 11:57 PM  

  • Calliope, I think you are envisioning the Cadbury creme eggs, and they squick me out too. The Reese's ones are basically egg-shaped peanut butter cups. The ratio of chocolate to peanut butter is a little skewed compared to a standard Reese's cup, but they are yummy (yes, I spend entirely too much time thinking about stuff like this).

    And Em, I want to go on record as saying I have NOTHING against the eggs. I find the corporate greed that mutates the eggs into hearts, trees, turkeys, veterans, etc. a bit over the top.

    And the overzealous commercialism that ensures every store is pushing SOME kind of holiday 365 days a year? Makes me want to become a Tibetan monk sometimes.

    By Blogger Jen, at 9:39 AM  

  • Oh, I'm right there with you on corporate greed and overcommercialisation (specifically WRT the holiest of Christian celebrations and the way that Christmas is marketed to overshadow Easter in the secular view), but, um, I love me some peanut butter eggs.

    I'll also clarify this comment to state that I don't think religious holidays should be marketed at all. I'd probably have few issues with a President's Day peanut butter Lincoln, but really, if someone ran on a pro-PB cup platform, I'd vote for them.

    By Blogger Emilin, at 10:30 AM  

  • The other day I was in the local pharmacy and I was checking out the candy to feed my sugar craving of the moment and I saw Cadbury Eggs! Clearly an Easter only product. I shivered for a moment wondering if they were last year's products trying to get a jump start on selling this year.

    Its a sick world.

    By Blogger Blog This!, at 11:23 PM  

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