Today and yesterday have been busy with preparations for tomorrow. Our family tries to celebrate the meaning of this day in our everyday life, but it is a great reminder.
I've had a long life of seasonal celebrations and the children especially love getting involved with making egg and rabbit decor. I'm not sure how it all started with the relation of bunnies and eggs to Easter, but we love that part of it too.
I still remember as a child, the lovely Easter baskets that would magically appear in well hidden places when I was a small girl. The joy of the egg hunt that has been carried on for generations by my father and the memory of delicious coloured coconut rabbits that my Grammy brought especially for the 3 girls on Easter Sunday after church.
The first year that we were in Ireland at Easter time and the questions about egg hunts, dyeing eggs and making baskets began, I thought I'd try and be prepared. So off I went to the Supermarket to pick up goodies for the baskets... Where are all the jumbo bags of Easter candy?? Where are all the seasonal stuff that would stock up the baskets. All I found were HUGE chocolate eggs. Now I don't mind a bit of chocolate for the children, but these would take us 6 months to get though.
I had a very eye opening experience. REMEMBER!! I am not in the US. I do not have to succumb to the plastic, sugar coated, advertisement driven ideas of what Easter is. Huh? I guess I'll have to work on that. We did survive and the children didn't need counseling. I had a bit of withdrawal, but it is GOOD! It's an easy thing to get sucked into.
Next... Eggs! After searching for a week for white eggs, I had to call and friend and ask her "Where do you find white eggs for dyeing?" You don't she said! Huh? In the US most eggs are white, except for organic brown eggs and you have to pay more for them. How do you get pale pastel colours. You don't! I have learned to love dyeing brown eggs. The depth of colour is beautiful. Rich and lovely, so I learned to deal and love those eggs. Enough about my past.
Happy Easter everyone.