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easter eggs

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etheltbags1 Thu 08-Jan-15 09:52:46

Is it me but am I being unreasonable to be horrified to see easter eggs in tescos yesterday and a sign saying 'be an early bird'.
How is that for putting pressure on children to buy sweets etc. There should be a legal limit on seasonal promotions such as December the 1st for Christmas sales and maybe a month before easter before they can start selling eggs etc.

Lapwing Thu 08-Jan-15 09:55:56

Our local shops were selling Easter eggs before Christmas, anything to make money out of the public.

Lapwing Thu 08-Jan-15 10:00:18

I don't think it would be possible or desirable to legalise when particular foods/sweets could be sold but certainly retail outlets do go overboard.

vampirequeen Thu 08-Jan-15 10:09:40

They sell early because they know that most people won't be able to leave them until Easter and will have to buy again.

etheltbags1 Thu 08-Jan-15 10:13:26

They are praying on peoples greed, no wonder we have an obesity epidemic.

Teetime Thu 08-Jan-15 10:17:43

Oh dear I noticed mini eggs and creme eggs in the shops and they are a big weakness of mine but I shall resist!!! I don't buy any for grandchildren just send some Easter pocket money but I usually get a BIG one from DH grin.

kassi Thu 08-Jan-15 11:04:08

I went for mince pies on 28th December. None to be found. But there were plenty of Hot Cross Buns in their place!

Jenty61 Thu 08-Jan-15 11:07:49

Get Easter over then xmas cards will be in the shops!!!! No wonder we think the years go by quickly!

ninathenana Thu 08-Jan-15 11:17:58

No you are definitely not B U R !!

ninathenana Thu 08-Jan-15 11:20:08

B U R what's that all about ??? Not being unreasonable

annodomini Thu 08-Jan-15 11:34:15

There have been Hot Cross Buns in Waitrose all year, as far as I know, though I wouldn't dream of buying them. There's a small bakery in Cheadle Hulme that makes the best ever HCBs and only sells them in Holy Week.

NotTooOld Thu 08-Jan-15 12:13:12

The supermarkets have had bunches of daffodils for sale since way before Christmas. I do object to that. I like to see daffodils as the harbingers of spring at the end of February - not at the beginning of November! Doh.

numberplease Thu 08-Jan-15 15:27:47

Mince pies are another matter, we eat them all year round, and my favourite bakery, Curtis`s, make them all the time, just like home made.

hildajenniJ Thu 08-Jan-15 15:40:23

I went back to work on 27/12/14 and the first wagon that delivered to Waitrose was bringing Easter Eggs. I couldn't believe my eyes. Way too early in my opinion.

hildajenniJ Thu 08-Jan-15 15:44:18

numberplease my Dad's local butcher sells something he calls a Christmas pie all year round, they are very popular. They consist of a pastry case filled with turkey and gravy, topped with mashed potato, crispy bacon and cranberry sauce. They're yummy.

hildajenniJ Thu 08-Jan-15 15:47:38

NotTooOld In the old days weren't daffodils referred to as Lent Lillie's? I seem to remember my Grandmother calling them this.

hildajenniJ Thu 08-Jan-15 15:48:46

Sorry lillies (still getting used to the new tablet).

shysal Thu 08-Jan-15 16:33:28

I am guilty of being tempted blush! I bought a pack of mini Creme Egg ice cream cones from the Co-op. Not many calories, and DGCs (and I) love them. The proper Creme Eggs are too sickly for me, but these are much lighter.

granjura Thu 08-Jan-15 16:57:31

ethel I really do hate this too! Christmas that starts in August, Easter in January, Valentine's day, Mother's day, Father's day, any excuse and constant sell, sell, sell.

Easter eggs, hot-cross buns, mincepies- etc- have totally lost their special seasonal appeal by being on sale year round. And don't get me started on strawberries! grrrr

thatbags Thu 08-Jan-15 17:54:25

I don't hate it. I just don't buy them.

glammanana Thu 08-Jan-15 17:59:37

Hot Cross buns available in all the Supermarkets this week,same as Easter Eggs and Valentine Gifts.

granjura Thu 08-Jan-15 18:34:16

Well, hate is not the right word, agreed.

But I do feel it is such a shame we've lost the right to best ripe fruit and veg in season, and special foods like the ones mentioned above, reserved for special times and traditions- because this is what made them so enjoyable and 'special'. And feel aggrieve by the over commercialisation of all festivals and tradtions- perhaps even more Halloween.

Juliette Thu 08-Jan-15 18:40:11

......and don't forget the election. Not edible but even so it's going to be a long five months.

grannyactivist Thu 08-Jan-15 20:02:35

My husband travels a lot and so often can't eat at set times during the day. His answer to this is to buy hot cross buns to keep in the car alongside his 'emergency' packet of digestives. He loves HCB all year round and is delighted they no longer put in an appearance only for Easter. smile

annodomini Thu 08-Jan-15 20:56:47

Juliette - election confectionery? Now there's a thought. ga, I wonder if your DH would feel the same about HCB if they didn't have the little pastry cross on top and were just spiced buns.