Get Out The %@$ing Eggnog, It's Christmastime At Home Depot

Look, losers. Stop studying that stupid textbook, it’s Christmastime. Yes, we know that college football just started and it’s the first day of Autumn. We don’t care. Buy a Christmas tree you lazy Grinch. Get your wallet out!

This photo of a Christmas tree display being constructed was was taken today, in New Jersey, where the high reached almost 90 degrees. (Thanks to Jason!)

Annoyed by Christmas Creep? Send your photos of Christmas crap getting in the way of Halloween to tips@consumerist.com with “Christmas Creep” in the subject.

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  1. dragonfire81 says:

    Stores have been putting Christmas stuff out this early for years. We’re almost into October, there’s not really much creep here.

    • seaanemoneman says:

      I call that October Creep.

    • redskull says:

      Yeah, I’d call June or July Xmas creep, but the end of September? Xmas is only 3 months away. If you acknowledge that the day after Thanksgiving is the start of the Xmas season, then it’s only 2 months.

      • thisistobehelpful says:

        There was a grocery store around here that had christmas stuff out in early august. I can’t remember which one and I didn’t take a picture. :(

    • Anonymously says:

      Chirstmas for 1/4 of the year is wrong, even if they’ve been doing it for years.

  2. dreamfish says:

    Every year it happens, every year we moan about it, every time we do nothing about and and consequently it continues.

    BTW does anyone actually *like* eggnog?

    • blogger X says:

      DEAR GOD YES!!! Its rich in protein, amongst other things.

    • ArcanaJ says:

      I love eggnog!

    • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

      Love eggnog, and I make a very, very good low-carb version, too, with NO artificial sweeteners.

      • SixOfOne says:

        I’d love to get a copy of your recipe.

        • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

          Have you ever made hollandaise sauce? It is very similar. You can pasteurize your eggs, by the way, by holding them at 140 degrees for at least 3.5 minutes. I do this in my crock pot with a digital thermometer. Place the eggs in warm water for about fifteen minutes to allow them to reach the same temperature as the water. Heat the water on WARM or LOW until the temperature reaches 140. Do not let it go over 142. Do not let it go under 140. Hold for 3.5 to 4 minutes, then cool the eggs in a bowl of cold water in the refrigerator.

          By the way, if you liked doing this, try putting a good steak in a plastic bag, sucking all the air out, and holding it in the warm water at 140 for at least 2 or 3 hours. Then take the steak out of the bag, slap in on a hot pan just long enough to brown it on both sides, and enjoy the best perfect medium-rare steak you’ve ever eaten. This is called “sous vide”.

          I use a half dozen egg yolks, a quart of cream, and between a quarter and a half cup of the natural sweetener xylitol. In the top of a double boiler, away from the heat, whisk the yolks with the xylitol, a few grinds of nutmeg, a pinch each of cinnamon and ginger, the scrapings of the inside of half a vanilla bean, a few tablespoons of cognac, a few tablespoons of Scotch, and a few tablespoons of dark rum (just for flavor, don’t overdo it if you are sensitive to sugar). Beat until all of the xylitol is dissolved and the yolks look like a fine-textured creamy light yellow foam. If you pasteurized your eggs or they came from a certified clean source, you can actually just proceed with adding the cream and spices now. But I like to heat the eggs to release the flavors of the liquors and the spices. Over boiling water, whisk the egg mixture gently just until it reaches 160 degrees. (Do not allow it to curdle or you will have scrambled eggnog.)

          Immediately add a ladleful of cream and stir it in to stop the eggs cooking, and take the mixture off the boiling water. Stir until the cream is incorporated and smooth. Then mix in the rest of the quart of cream. (I use heavy whipping cream because it is the lowest in carbs, but you may use a lighter cream or even soymilk, commercial or made from silken tofu in a blender.) Pour the nog into a pitcher, cover it with Saran wrap, and chill it thoroughly.

          • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

            I am attaching a open source copyright notice to this. Anyone who has ever been mean to fat people in the comment section of Consumerist is barred from using this recipe. Of course, you won’t mind, you dried-up, pleasureless curmudgeons; you don’t have anything but a dry martini for holiday dinner anyway, with the olive removed in case you gain two grams and don’t fit into your halo anymore.

          • Willnet says:

            Sous-vide dishes are delicious but can be a dangerous breeding ground for lethal bacteria if cooked or cooled improperly.

            • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

              Mmm-hmm. So is anything else, cooked improperly. Maintain good kitchen hygiene in the first place and don’t attempt to sous vide anything for the many hours that restaurants do (they have special equipment), and you’ll be fine.

    • selianth says:

      I LOVE eggnog. I just wish it wasn’t so high in calories, or that the low-calorie stuff didn’t taste so awful. I would even drink it without the rum or brandy in it if it wasn’t so bad for me.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Ooh yes, it’s delicious. Sprinkle a little nutmeg on top of a cold eggnog. I only drink it around Christmas, though, because it’s so fattening.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      I make Egg Nog Pudding Pie!
      So rich, so delicious…

      Eggnog is one of the few things I like about Christmas.

      • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

        I made an eggnog Tres Leches cake once. My brother’s wife, who is from Mexico, was crazy about it.

    • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

      Only with booze in it.

    • davebu3 says:

      i like eggnog…

    • kriswone says:

      I would drink egg nog year round!!! love that stuff!!

    • pastthemission says:

      Yes! I usually get the soynog though because it’s not quite as full of fat.

    • Griking says:

      What do you suggest we do about it.

    • Promethean Sky says:

      Love eggnog. The stuff gives me stomach cramps (and is the only thing that ever has) but I drink it anyway, it’s so delicious.

    • qbubbles says:

      Puerto Ricans have Coquito. Basically, eggnog with coconut, but 10,000 times more awesome. Ya’lls should try it.

  3. JRules says:

    How many of these ridiculous posts do we have to have? Is this comsumer news because theres more things to buy?

    • ArcanaJ says:

      It’s an annual tradition, like that horrible cranberry stuff in the can. If you don’t like it, don’t participate, but don’t knock the tradition.

    • Anonymously says:

      The more days you spread Christmas across, the more diluted and meaningless it becomes. I personally try to avoid shopping at stores participating in this ridiculous arms race.

      • ablestmage says:

        Officially, I declare that no one is allowed to complain about how early Christmas is being put out unless it’s before early May. I worked at Hobby Lobby TWELVE YEARS ago, and when I started in August 1998 they already had a third of their Xmas stuff out, and it was a surprise then. The next year when late May came around, I said to myself, “Man, that was a surprise.. a YEAR ago.” Over a decade later and people are still getting bunched up briefs over Xmas stuff coming out in farking September. The only time I’m surprised about Xmas things going out in September is that someone is only just now starting.

        Secondly — IT’S A STORE. They sell things. It’s tough to make a case against the dilution of Christmas with vast capitalist endeavors to sell sell sell, when you yourself govern your own ability to celebrate something. It’s like you’re suggesting your feelings are actually maintained by retail establishments. Do you not actually have control over your own feelings?

  4. ArcanaJ says:

    What, no Easter baskets?

  5. Scoobatz says:

    Even worse than Christmas Creep is when stores start pulling Christmas merchandise from shelves before the holiday arrives. Is there a term for describing when the holiday is over before it even begins?

  6. sven.kirk says:

    There is already an aisle at my local Sams club for Christmas.

  7. timwoj says:

    They’re just now setting up in NJ? My local store here in AZ has had their section completely up for at least a week already.

  8. citking says:

    Christmas should not start until Halloween is over. I used to say Thanksgiving but the naysayers bested me.

    One holiday at a time people.

    • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

      Oh, why? I think it would be awesome to combine, say, Hanukkah and Diwali.

  9. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    When I worked at a large craft store years ago, we had to order the Christmas merchandise in October of the year BEFORE the year we stocked it. Yes, fourteen months ahead.

    Of course, it was a craft store. They might as well have it year-round since crafters work on Christmas projects at any given moment.

    • selianth says:

      Really, I don’t think it’s such a big deal when it’s the craft stores. That stuff takes time to do. It’s when the grocery stores have out their chocolate Santas and the radio stations switch to holiday music on November 1 that I start to get a bit twitchy about it.

    • phonic says:

      Mrs. Phonic is a crafter and she already bought a lot of her Christmas crafts weeks ago and has already started them. I think if she had her way the Christmas stuff would have been out in July.

  10. johnrhoward says:

    I find people complaining about early Christmas displays far, far more annoying than the early displays themselves.

    • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

      I find people complaining about people who complain about early Christmas displays far more annoying than the early Christmas displays themselves.

      • ArcanaJ says:

        I find you very entertaining and I find the idea of eggnog Tres Leches cake makes me giddy.

        • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

          Steal it! It’s absurdly simple. I’m a diabetic, so I make a low-carb nut flour cake for the base and homemade eggnog and sweeten it all with xylitol. But all you really need is a fluffy sponge cake, a quart of egg nog, some rum-and-nutmeg flavored sweetened whipped cream, and a little extra nutmeg for the top. Poke holes in the cake, pour the eggnog over it, and let it soak in the fridge overnight with Saran wrap on top. Spread with the whipped cream, sprinkle with nutmeg, and go. I don’t know why it isn’t everyone’s favorite Christmas party cake, really!

  11. SPOON - now with Forkin attitude says:

    PICTURE IS FROM EARLY AUGUST.

  12. Riroon13 says:

    WRONG!

    That is not a Christmas tree display. I believe it is simply a display for a ‘Lit Evergreen Decorative Tree’ for some upcoming, damn-its-name for it may offend, generic and non-specific ‘Holiday’

  13. pastthemission says:

    For a moment I thought there was actually eggnog. Then I pouted.

  14. billbillbillbill says:

    I am fine with this but my annoyance is that when I finally get around to putting up Christmas the 2nd week of December, I can’t find replacement light bulbs or clips etc since they have put everything on clearance and are out of almost everything.

    • Anonymously says:

      Yeah, that part sucks too. I went to Garden Ridge weeks ago and their Halloween stuff was nearly sold out. Christmas will be sold out in a few weeks.

  15. Awesome McAwesomeness says:

    It’s interesting when it’s Hobby Lobby in June, but it’s almost October, so it’s not that big of a deal.

  16. Difdi says:

    Hmm, I might have to go buy some Christmas stuff now. Every time I’ve tried to actually buy Christmas lights in December, the local stores have all been completely sold out, and not expecting any restocking until ” sometime next year”.

  17. AI says:

    Eventually, Christmas advertising will start so early, that it’ll begin in December of the previous Christmas.

    And all will be well again in the world.

  18. eltonwheelock says:

    Hobby Lobby in Houston has had their stuff out since mid August. Not just a little bit – a whole honkin’ quarter of the store was fully stocked with trees, lights, wrapping paper, ornaments — you name it — when it was 100 degrees outside.

  19. dru_zod says:

    My local Lowe’s was putting Christmas stuff out Sunday. Dollar General has the shelves cleared off and the diagrams showing where to put everything are taped to the shelves, so they should have ornaments, lights, etc. on sale by Friday. K-Mart usually has theirs out by now, but no sign of the trees yet. They normally have the trees on display next to the Halloween costume aisle; devils and witches on one side, Santas and reindeer on the other. I’m sure they’ll get it together by next week or so.

  20. jpdanzig says:

    I started receiving catalogs with Christmas stuff in August, and I canceled every one. HUMBUG!

  21. TheGreySpectre says:

    Eggnog all year long I would actually support for xmas creep

    • webweazel says:

      I would vote for that!
      I could easily make it myself, but I buy it in cartons. I like the taste better. Then add the liquor, cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg to taste. Then all is well in my world for the rest of the night.

  22. CapitalC says:

    It’s been Christmas at my local Costco since August. They had back-to-school, Halloween and Christmas all out at the same time.

    I hear next week they’re putting out the Easter goods.

  23. StrangeEmily says:

    This is the first time an article from The Consumerist made me want to delete it from my bookmarks and never come back. Its common knowledge that the Holliday season in retail starts in August, and I’m shocked that because their stockrooms are so full of Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas stock to prepare for us consumers to go out and buy it (supply and demand people), that they have to justify displaying them on the floor early! Whats wrong with you!?!?

  24. PercyChuggs Was Found At JFK Airport says:

    I don’t get why people have a problem with this. Are they forcing you to buy any of it? No. I don’t like hot weather. Does that mean I grumble and bitch and moan when, in February, I see stores starting to put out their shorts and lawnmowers and BBQ grills? No, because I am not an ultrasensitive whiner like so many people seem to be these days.

  25. howie_in_az says:

    I’ve noticed a Halloween creep as well — it’s over a month away yet my local Basha’s (foodstore) is offering discounted candy and Halloween masks.

  26. TheSpatulaOfLove says:

    For those above the 40th parallel, there is something inherently wrong with shopping for Xmas stuff while wearing shorts…

  27. StrangeEmily says:

    What about people shopping for Christmas stuff in their bedtime clothing? : o Though thats normal every day or night at a Walmart, hehe.

  28. jedifarfy says:

    Eggnog wins. Also, I made Chex Mix today, which I usually reserve for winter. So even my food choices are getting the Christmas Creep. Blerg!

  29. RokMartian says:

    I was a visual manager for a retail store years ago, so I was in charge of setting up all the displays, including all the holiday stuff. Corporate would send us a complete instruction packet, including photos, diagrams, etc on how to set everything up. In order to get all this done in time for all the stores they had to pick a couple of stores to setup the christmas displays at the end of august/september. (Sometimes earlier).

    My guess, is that Home Depot does the same type thing before all the other stores setup. Not saying that is the case here, but certainly a possibility.

  30. kagroves says:

    I used to work at Lowe’s Home Improvement. I remember that I was put on the overnight shift in order to put up the Christmas stuff. This was the last week of September. It was a corporate mandate that all the Christmas stuff had to be out and for sale by October 1. I swear, it was hard to put up a Christmas tree and fake snow while there were flowers out in the Garden Center. Bah Fucking Humbug!

  31. CalicoGal says:

    over 30 years ago: Xmas “started” the day after Thanksgiving.
    20 yrs ago: Xmas started mid-November
    15 yrs ago: Xmas started after Halloween (Nov 1-ish)
    NOW: Xmas starts day after Labor Day
    FUTURE: Xmas starts July 5th.