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It's Christmas in August!

Seen today at my local Sam's Club....

How can I plan my Labor Day pool party with this staring me in the face?

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  1. You probably passed by the winter parka's, gloves and coats before seeing the trees. They also have snow shovels out as well.

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    1. re: treb

      That would halt me in my tracks, treb. We don't often see those things in Tampa. ;-)

      1. OMG please no, there should be laws about this, I can bear only so much of "the most wonderful time" UGH - when did they decorate for Halloween? February?

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        1. re: JTPhilly

          Hey JT,

          Scarecrows and such haven't gone up yet, but hey! They've got their costume rack set up already. That went up about 2 weeks ago, IIRC.

          Maybe they'll just skip Halloween this year. I know I'd like to.

          1. re: DuffyH

            To hell with Halloween, this crass overreach of commercialism is a direct affront to the holiest time of the year. The greatest holiday ever imagined. That glorious four day weekend in November when food geeks are rewarded at the alter of the overcrowded table. When one gets to eat and drink with pre-approved, government condoned, employer-subsidized, and NFL sponsored, reckless abandon before sleeping it off a bit to regroup and start over. Keep your giant bags of miniature candy - I wanna grab a rocks glass full of Applejack and start making pies.

            1. re: MGZ

              <I wanna grab a rocks glass full of Applejack and start making pies.>

              And I'm happy to eat them with you.

              Me, I'm ready for some football fun. I made a jalapeño popper pizza last week that I can't wait to serve to some of our friends. The person who first thought of that mash-up is my kind of cook.

              1. re: DuffyH

                I have no idea who first tried the combination, but if you told me he was in a dorm room playing Xbox, I'd believe you.

                  1. re: DebinIndiana

                    It's so good! The recipe I played with had an onion cream sauce made with the bacon fat. I used a similar (eyeballed everything) sauce for a BLT pizza for lunch today. It worked just as well.

                    We've been experimenting with some of the newer (to us) super thin flatbread crusts and we've been making a lot of different pizzas. I've discovered that non-traditional pizzas seem to work better (IMO) on flatbreads.

                    1. re: DuffyH

                      That sounds perfect for football. I usually make a buffalo chicken pizza and will certainly work on this one during pre season games :)

                1. re: MGZ

                  Well, I'm not only non-US-American,I'm Québécoise, so even the very low-key "Canadian Thanksgiving" is not a thing here for most people; it is simply a long weekend.

                  Right now, it is tomato canning season here!!!!

                  1. re: MGZ

                    The 'glorious four day weekend in November' in Minnesota is the opening weekend of deer hunting. Last year we even celebrated the new kitchen in our hunting cabin by cooking an early Thanksgiving dinner, including a pumpkin pie.

              2. Bah Humbug!!! I'm still hungover from last Christmas!

                1. I guess my brain's still a bit fried this morning. I was thinking this thread was going to be about roasting chestnuts for a barbecue, taking egg nog to the beach, cookies with fresh peach filling, mistletoe bikinis - you know, fun stuff. Instead, I opened to this odious outlook, this putrid panorama. I mean, who in their right mind would not be offended - $79.99 for that cheap-ass, crooked table?

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                  1. re: MGZ

                    Good morning MGZ,

                    I was so blinded by those benighted trees that I didn't even see the table until you pointed it out.... and it's my damn picture!

                    Duffy

                  2. Lesson Learned>>>>>>>>>>>>stay out of Sam's Club

                    1. This may not surprise some, but during a visit to an Angeles City, Philippines department store in September a couple of years ago, I thought the same thing...well, at least they had a special deal on (what turned out to be awful) polvorón.

                        1. re: Karl S

                          So there you go. This has been going on for over 100 years. I suspect we'll still gripe about it every year.

                            1. re: DuffyH

                              :::Nudging DuffyH over on the couch so I can join her.::: :-)

                                1. re: sunshine842

                                  Well, scootch ovah! Move the Christmas cookies you're bogarting to a tray table, and then there's room for everyone!

                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                    Get off the couch... It's Monster Mash time! Try not to bump into the Christmas tree this time, 'K?

                            2. re: LindaWhit

                              Yea, but now it's time for the War on the War on the War on Christmas.

                              1. re: Karl S

                                With the situation in Iraq escalating I don't think we cab fight another war. Especially not a war on a war on a war.

                            3. re: Karl S

                              sort of...the article kinda skips over the part about Thanksgiving not becoming a legal holiday until 1941, which made a convenient time to officially kick off the holiday season.

                              And Duffy posted this in mid-August, not October, as the bulk of the article references.

                              Europe, which doesn't have a set "kick off" date, doesn't start to put out Christmas stuff until November. It was kinda nice.

                              1. re: sunshine842

                                Thanksgiving was a legal holiday before 1941: it was proclaimed by US Presidents* for the LAST Thursday in November from after the Civil War until FDR changed it as a gesture to retailers ("Franksgiving" was the jocular reference to this**). Many old-blood New Englanders, having a proprietary relationship to the holiday, resented/resisted FDRs change.

                                * Who still issue a proclamation of the holiday every year, btw...

                                ** http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franksgi...

                            4. I knoooow...what's worse is the scarecrows lined up cheek-by-jowl with the reindeer. I give the craft stores like Michael's and JoAnn Fabrics a half a pass, simply because there are craft projects that are time-consuming enough that they have to be started now to be done in time for the holidays, but the rest need to have their heads examined.

                              I know it's only a tiny protest, but I steadfastly refuse to buy anything Halloween before October 1st and nothing for Christmas before Thanksgiving. It's the only protest I can make. From a business standpoint it drives me bonkers -- the retailers bitch and moan about the sales from Black Friday to Christmas are down...because, you idiots, you've had Christmas stuff out since August!!

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                              1. re: sunshine842

                                Hi sunshine,

                                <I know it's only a tiny protest, but I steadfastly refuse to buy anything Halloween before October 1st and nothing for Christmas before Thanksgiving. It's the only protest I can make. >

                                I do this, too. It's the social-conscience equivalent of blowing a raspberry at them, but still. Sometimes one has to take a stand. If not us, who?

                                I could picket Sam's Club, but in this heat? No way.

                              2. That tree would look kind of cool poolside.

                                Do you have a swimsuit of red velvet trimmed with ermine?

                                Perhaps you could concoct some sort of eggnog/pina colada hybrid?

                                I wonder if they sell reindeer pool floaties...

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                                1. re: pedalfaster

                                  friends of mine actually build a floating platform and put a small tree on it for their Christmas party.

                                  1. re: pedalfaster

                                    <Do you have a swimsuit of red velvet trimmed with ermine?>

                                    No, sorry. I had a brown velvet bikini once. True.

                                        1. re: DuffyH

                                          there had been a response there, but it was beginning to wander so far of topic it might show up on the other side of the interwebs...

                                  2. Drove past a restaurant today. Had a board outside "Taking bookings for Christmas"

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                                    1. re: Harters

                                      that I can at least understand -- making a booking for the office Chrimbo festivities is a major hassle, and if you're the poor soul in charge of finding a venue, the later you wait, the better your chances of explaining to the boss why you ended up at Little Chef instead of the Ritz.

                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                        Yeah, I handled booking for my dude's ship's wardroom one year. I booked in June, because the prior year we had to hold the party the weekend before Thanksgiving.

                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                          PS: That's Chrismukkwanzikuhnewyear to you.

                                          1. re: Karl S

                                            Nope. "holiday" takes care of all of it.

                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                              In the office, Happy New Year really does work quite well. Especially for most places (in the USA at least) that have a calendar year FYE; it's a business-relevant holiday.

                                              1. re: Karl S

                                                I have never worked for, nor do I know anyone who has ever worked for, a company that throws a New Year's party. Most companies wouldn't touch the drinking and celebrating on New Year's with a 10-foot-pole, on advice of the legal department.

                                                It's called a "holiday party" because, you know -- there's lots of holidays around that time of year, and the generic term "holiday" takes Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, St. Nicholas, Eid-Al-Adha, etc., etc., etc. all into account, hopefully without pissing off anyone significantly.

                                        2. re: Harters

                                          Plenty of places are booked many months in advance for:

                                          1. Thanksgiving Day
                                          2. Christmas Day
                                          3. New Year's Eve
                                          4. St Valentine's Day
                                          5. Easter Sunday
                                          6. Mother's Day
                                          7. Local university commencement days

                                          1. re: Karl S

                                            but offices typically only celebrate their office bashes in the few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, which means that the small to medium venues are in high demand.

                                            Summer company picnics are held any time in the summer, so the demand is spread out much more.

                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                              My husband's company with 125 employees or so started doing their "holiday" party in late February, and they found people enjoyed it more, and it was cheaper. This year it was a casino "night in Monte Carlo/James Bond" theme and lots of fun! Gets over the holiday party drag and more relaxed (also more drink tickets cause cheaper)

                                              1. re: autumm

                                                Just like most people in the hospitality industry who often postpone their own parties until after the new year.

                                                One of the bars I used to work at would celebrate at a restaurant who's owner was friends with the bar owner & their staff would take over our bar & vice versa.

                                                Man, those were great parties.

                                                1. re: autumm

                                                  Great idea! plus, it's easier to schedule for everyone...trying to shoehorn all the parties and activities into one 3-4 week period (and find babysitters) gets stressful!

                                          2. Nothing like some warm egg-nog on these hot humid August nights.

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                                            1. re: jrvedivici

                                              The grandkids would love to come in from the pool and dry off in front of a roaring fire, I'm sure.

                                              1. re: DuffyH

                                                I keep candles in our fireplace -- we only light them on the few chilly nights, and even then it's enough to overheat the house!

                                            2. I used to work for Shopko back in my high school days in back stock/merchandizing/shelf filling/cart retrieving (WI smaller town Target basically) and at the end of August, we were up to our ear lobes in school supplies and Halloween candy, when Christmas trees would start coming in. Those boxes are Big! Half the time they were set up on the sales floor because we had nowhere to put them in the back.

                                              So glad my parents talked me into that job, and so grateful I don't have to do it any more. Once I loaded a futon bunk bed into a camero. . .

                                              1. Just be glad you're not seeing that while you're buying eggs to dye for Easter! That can't be far away! :-(