Christmas in October!
I’m ambiguous about holiday creep. On one hand, the emergence of sparkly reindeer and tinsel-lined shelves at Target in the middle of October was a bit disconcerting. On the other hand, I love the Christmas season. In fact, I’m one of those irritating people who Christmas-shop all year, so that by the time December 25 rolls around, I’ve got a closet stuffed full of gifts. I wish houses were lit up by icicle lights year round, and I’ve memorized every song on my mother’s decade-old Celine Dion Christmas CD.
But I have to admit, even I get a little tired of Christmas candy appearing on the same grocery real estate that candy corn and miniature Snickers bars occupied only the day before. Halloween cards are swapped out for glittery red and green Christmas cards (and your occasional token blue and silver Hanukkah card, natch), and Christmas carol Muzak is piped into every store at the mall.
As usual, I stumbled across something on Pinterest that perfectly sums up the way I feel about the transition from pumpkin spice to fake-fir-tree Febreeze.
In the spirit of this transformation (from carriage to pumpkin . . . . from pumpkin to Christmas ornament), I bring you a double whammy: Eggnog Cranberry Muffins.