by Sara Mead
Over the weekend, I needed to acquire some candy canes for a holiday cookie related project (more on that later this week), so I went to the CVS across the street from my house. No Candy Canes! There was a small section of holiday-themed candy, but it was almost all red & green M&Ms, peppermint and mint truffle Hershey’s Kisses, and a few sad looking boxes of Russel Stovers. Not a candy cane (or other traditional Christmas candy) in sight. Feeling like an idiot, I asked the woman behind the register: “Do you have candy canes? ” She shook her head.
Now, in fairness, the CVS near my house is located in a doublewide trailer that doesn’t provide a lot of room for inventory, including special holiday merchandise, so I was almost willing to give them a pass. But today, I went to a CVS near my office–same pathetically weak display of Christmas candy! (Un)fortunately, I work in downtown D.C., where there is a CVS just about every .25 blocks, so I marched up the street a bit to the next one, which offered a slightly better showing of Christmas candy. But the only candy canes to be found were a single box of Life Savers flavored candy canes. Gross!
It’s almost enough to make someone believe there’s a War on Christmas after all.