April 1st Easter

This is the day that Jesus rose from the dead. It is a sacred day in Christianity. There is so much I could say, and probably would be better if I did but… I can’t believe how much stuff is going on today! Lord, please forgive on this Holy day but here goes.

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This also happens to be International Tatting Day! Not that I actually know what that is but if you are a tatterer, it’s your day. I suppose it has something to do with a sewing pattern.

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It is also April Fool’s Day. You know, the day you play all sorts of weird tricks on people and then shout, “April Fool’s”. It gets pretty old, pretty fast, but it is good for a few laughs. Watch out for nonlogical perils to come your way.

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Today is also International Fun At Work Day. However, since it is a Sunday I hope you are not finding yourself stuck at work. I really appreciate those business’ that shut down for Easter since it is the Lord’s Day anyway. But if you are at work, you might want to try and find someway to enjoy yourself. Just make sure you keep in mind that it is April Fool’s Day as well.

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And last, but not least, it is our CEO’s birthday! Born so many centuries ago that we’ve all forgotten, this is her day to shine (that is intended as a joke! April Fool’s!) So there you have it, Easter, International Tattering Day, April Fool’s Day, International Have Fun At Work Day and our CEO’s birthday! Lots of stuff for you to celebrate!

How to celebrate – While all the days may seem important please remember it is Easter. If you are a Christian, hold the day up to the honor it deserves, if you are not Christian, please allow Christians to celebrate as they allow you to celebrate your important days.

Why Does a Bunny Lay Eggs on Easter? (strange traditions)

Easter is the Holiest Day in the Christian Calendar. The Bible talks of many animals such as donkeys, cattle, sheep, etc…. But bunnies??? and egg laying bunnies at that!

The idea of an egg laying hare here in America seems to date back to the early 1700’s from a tale (Osterhase) that traversed the Atlantic with German immigrants.

Like many other holidays that we see, such as Christmas and the German Rose Sunday Festival, the idea of the Easter Bunny arose out of parents wanting to create a tall tale of why the children should be good throughout the year. It seems that the Bunny was considered a “watchman” much like St Claus’s and his Elves with a list of those that were “Naughty or Nice”. If the children were “Nice”, the Easter Bunny would visit the house on Easter Eve.

He would bring eggs, candy, and gifts in a basket to make a nest filled with the goodies in the children’s Easter Bonnet or Caps – hence the idea of baskets, nests, and bonnets!

No one knows exactly how the eggs in the basket came to be, but the idea of using and dyeing eggs seems to date back to the early 13th Century. Some believe the egg was a symbol of fertility and birth, just as the bunny and spring are,  while there are other accounts of the preserved, boiled, decorated egg being used in celebrations after the fasting of lent. However the tradition of eggs being symbolic at Easter came about – there is one sure thing – they aren’t going to disappear from the modern Easter tale. According to an article by CNN in 2015, “180 million eggs are ‘eggs-pected’ to be purchased by Americans for dyeing and decorating this year”.

As for the other main goodie in the Easter Nest – Chocolate! – well it has been satisfying sweet-tooth’s for Centuries. Once reserved as a luxury for kings, queens, and emperors billions of chocolate is enjoyed yearly by every-day people today.

So there’s only one question – do you eat the Ears first??? (If you do, you’re not alone – in 2014 89% of Americans did :))

Suggested Activities to celebrate:

Gorge on Chocolate – yes it’s OK to have chocolate for breakfast one day a year  🙂

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