Burning Questions: Easter still 104 days away but shops selling eggs and hot cross buns - is it too early?

Shops are already selling Easter eggs despite it being more than three months to go

Shops are already selling Easter eggs despite it being more than three months to go

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TREES and decorations have only just come down, and we’ve barely recovered from New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Yet, with more than 100 days still to go until Easter, shops are already stocking chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and other sweet treats.

It’s hardly going to help the willpower of anyone trying to eat healthily for January, but even without this annoyance it’s surely too early for shops to be gearing up for the next ‘holiday season’ already?

Presumably there is a demand otherwise stores wouldn’t be doing it, but who in their right mind starts buying Easter food so far in advance?

Do you think it’s too early for shops to be selling eggs, bunnies and buns? If so, when do you think is the right time for Easter goodies to appear on the shelves? Also, whose bright idea was it that we should send Easter cards nowadays?

For the first Burning Questions of the year I’ve got two other things for you to ponder and share your knowledge on.

You may have been happy as Larry with some of your Christmas gifts, but who was Larry and why was he so happy?

Also, do you know how the custom of New Year’s resolutions started and who the first person was to make such a pledge on January 1 of whatever year it began?

If you have any opinions on the Easter countdown starting so soon or possible answers to the other questions, add your comments below.

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If there is an issue you’re always squabbling about with workmates or friends or something that makes you go hmmm, email me with your suggestions for future burning questions to ask.

 

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11:33am Mon 6 Jan 14

aussie88 says...

It doesn't seem right to be eating mince pies and hot cross buns at the same time. There is a Facebook group calling for them to be kept off Australian supermarket shelves until at least a month before Easter:
https://m.facebook.c
om/hotcrossbunban
It doesn't seem right to be eating mince pies and hot cross buns at the same time. There is a Facebook group calling for them to be kept off Australian supermarket shelves until at least a month before Easter: https://m.facebook.c om/hotcrossbunban aussie88
  • Score: 14

11:40am Mon 6 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

aussie88 wrote:
It doesn't seem right to be eating mince pies and hot cross buns at the same time. There is a Facebook group calling for them to be kept off Australian supermarket shelves until at least a month before Easter:
https://m.facebook.c

om/hotcrossbunban
It's called a free market. If you don't like it don't buy them. What are you stupid ?
[quote][p][bold]aussie88[/bold] wrote: It doesn't seem right to be eating mince pies and hot cross buns at the same time. There is a Facebook group calling for them to be kept off Australian supermarket shelves until at least a month before Easter: https://m.facebook.c om/hotcrossbunban[/p][/quote]It's called a free market. If you don't like it don't buy them. What are you stupid ? Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -35

12:20pm Mon 6 Jan 14

the wall says...

1st world problems eh!
1st world problems eh! the wall
  • Score: -55

1:40pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Wiff180 says...

Of course it's too early. But then thanks to retailers like DFS and their mates Christmas kicks off at the end of October these days.
DFS were advertising their sale for Boxing day before Christmas eve.
Of course it's too early. But then thanks to retailers like DFS and their mates Christmas kicks off at the end of October these days. DFS were advertising their sale for Boxing day before Christmas eve. Wiff180
  • Score: 10

2:01pm Mon 6 Jan 14

madras says...

Hot Cross Buns are on sale all year round - our children love them so why not?

Put what you want in the shops - nothing forces me or others to buy them
Hot Cross Buns are on sale all year round - our children love them so why not? Put what you want in the shops - nothing forces me or others to buy them madras
  • Score: -1

2:16pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Simon Bull says...

The issue isn't whether we're forced to buy things just because they're in the shops, it's whether we WANT to see eggs and such things in the shops so early and for so long. Easter should be a special four days of the year, not stretched out over four months, surely?
The issue isn't whether we're forced to buy things just because they're in the shops, it's whether we WANT to see eggs and such things in the shops so early and for so long. Easter should be a special four days of the year, not stretched out over four months, surely? Simon Bull
  • Score: 18

5:20pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Biffo. says...

Really !!
What next, I have roast beef on Sunday and I don't want to see joints of beef in stores on a Monday. I have my hair cut about once a month, I don't want the barbers open until the day before I need a hair cut.

Leave off, aint you got nothing better to whine about.
Really !! What next, I have roast beef on Sunday and I don't want to see joints of beef in stores on a Monday. I have my hair cut about once a month, I don't want the barbers open until the day before I need a hair cut. Leave off, aint you got nothing better to whine about. Biffo.
  • Score: -3

8:12pm Mon 6 Jan 14

rojo174 says...

Biffo. wrote:
Really !!
What next, I have roast beef on Sunday and I don't want to see joints of beef in stores on a Monday. I have my hair cut about once a month, I don't want the barbers open until the day before I need a hair cut.

Leave off, aint you got nothing better to whine about.
I've got something to whine about Gypo is too quite . What's wrong bhoyo?
[quote][p][bold]Biffo.[/bold] wrote: Really !! What next, I have roast beef on Sunday and I don't want to see joints of beef in stores on a Monday. I have my hair cut about once a month, I don't want the barbers open until the day before I need a hair cut. Leave off, aint you got nothing better to whine about.[/p][/quote]I've got something to whine about Gypo is too quite . What's wrong bhoyo? rojo174
  • Score: 8

8:25am Tue 7 Jan 14

DollyG says...

Yes, it's far too early; the same thing happened with Christmas which meant that by Dec 25th commercialism had take over completely and the day itself, and its true meaning had been lost.
Yes, it's far too early; the same thing happened with Christmas which meant that by Dec 25th commercialism had take over completely and the day itself, and its true meaning had been lost. DollyG
  • Score: 17
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