Christmas ConsumerPosted: November 12, 2010
In the past I shuddered to myself as I watched grocery stores and shopping centers begin decking the halls for Christmas in mid October. Christmas celebrations aren’t allowed to begin until after Thanksgiving. But recently I’ve changed that school of thought for two reasons:Shiner Holiday Cheer and Nutcracker Sweet.
The holiday concoctions of these two beverage companies have me jumping for joy and licking my lips as soon as they hit the shelves. Heck, I’m even ready to start celebrating Christmas in September if it means I get to taste these bad boys just a few months earlier.
Shiner Holiday Cheer is the Christmas creation of the Texas based brewing company by the same name. The dark wheat beer has a subtle fruity(peaches) and nutty(pecans) taste that is a little heavy but remarkably delicious. Plus, I always feel better about drinking it because I know it’s from Texas.
Nutcracker Sweet (great for the morning after indulging in one-too-many Shiner Holiday Cheers) is the caffeinated Christmas creation of Colorado-based tea company Celestial Seasonings. In January, when supermarkets strip their shelves of wreaths and bells in exchange for chocolate hearts and “I Love You” cards, I stock up on as many boxes of these as is considered socially acceptable. It usually lasts through spring break. The tea is great on several accounts. First, it’s warm and winter is cold, boom. Secondly, it’s caffeinated which gets me through many nights of mid-term paper grading. Thirdly, it has this irresistible blend of cinnamon, vanilla and nuts that wreaks of Christmas memories. Maybe they should change the name of the company to Sensational Seasonings. Finally, and this one only really works for me, I love that they named it after the Nutcracker. As a former ballerina and frequent performer in Denton’s local production of The Nutcracker, I appreciate any reference that gets me thinking about those glory days of dancing.
If you’ve never tried either of these holiday treats, do yourself a favor and give it a shot. Christmas will get a little sweeter.