I spotted mine on 21st December. Not the big ones in boxes but a whole shelf of Creme Eggs and similar and my major weakness Mini Eggs (btw the packaging in the photo is wrong. In the UK it is yellow. These things matter)
Easter Eggs BEFORE Christmas?
Maybe shops have just had enough of Christmas after 3 months and are hoping we have too.
Or maybe they are making a theological statement about the links between Christmas and Easter.
One which I think is best expressed in the service of Midnight Communion on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day when we share bread and wine and remember that the child born came to die for us - to be the best present we could ever have by offering himself to be broken for us. That the broken world may be made whole again. And that resurrection - symbolised by the eggs we eat - is part of that present.
So perhaps those Easter Eggs were acting as, well, Easter Eggs to point us forward so we don't just get misty eyed about babies but are are struck in awe and wonder about just what Immanuel - God with us - means.
As the carol I love to sing on Christmas Eve goes (to the tune of Greensleeves if you want to sing along)
Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
and, perhaps even better, the rather wonderful poem by Steve Turner Christmas is really for the Children
Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
So, to celebrate the season of birth and death and new birth for us all - God's present of his present - I am going to eat a (yellow) bag of Mini Eggs.