Easter

Celebrate Easter Morning!

It’s Easter morning – Time for Easter Breakfast!

Imagine a house full of family and kids – . . . And it is quiet.  Well, that’s because it’s only 5:00 am and you just woke up to fix a delightful Breakfast for your family before you take them on their Easter Egg hunt.  Sip your hot beverage, alone in the peace and quiet and warmth of your home, where you can plan and prepare the family Easter breakfast gift basket.

Take your time and enjoy the quiet stillness because it is about to explode in a couple of hours!  Or Less …


Easter – Origins and Myths

How Did Easter “Get Here?”

For Christians, Easter has origins established decades before Christianity – about 2,000 years before. Easter celebrates and recognizes the death and rebirth of Jesus Christ.

Where did the Easter Bunny come from?

Historically speaking, it was the Anglo-Saxons pagan religion that started it all. Easter around the world is used as a time to celebrate and honor and pay tribute to fertility and rebirth. We got the name Easter from the Germans, who spelled it, “Eastre.”

Easter is also known as Oestre or Eostre (the German goddess of fertility, also called the German goddess of Spring – popular in 6th Century BC). It is the civil war that is credited for enthusiastically bringing this holiday to America.

Emperor Constantine, together with the council on Nicaea, in 325 A.D., decided that Easter would fall on the first Sunday of the Spring equinox – after the first full moon. Since that decree, Easter has been celebrated on the Sunday between March 22 and April 25th.

The mythical story of Eostre always fascinated me. If you haven’t heard it, then it goes something like this: Eostre found a beautiful bird that was hurt and could not fly, so she magically made the injured bird a rabbit that could still lay eggs, like the beautiful bird. Out of gratitude for saving her life, the rabbit gave Eostre a gift of brightly colored eggs in a beautiful basket. This fable became a tradition in Europe that lasted throughout the mid 1800’s.

After that time, chocolate eggs were introduced and migrants populated other areas with tales of Eostre.  Historical evidence also points to other ancient cultures painting eggs and celebrating the folk-tale of Eostre (or something related to it closely).

There is evidence that Chinese, Middle Easterners, Western Europe populations and South African peoples celebrated Easter too.

Easter Around the World- Easter Symbols

But it is the Easter bunny that maintains a fascination for children. According to historical myth, the rabbit can procreate quickly and humans desired that they be blessed with at least some of that. And, if you ever lived on a farm and raised rabbits then you know, those ‘myths’ about rabbits aren’t KIDDING! We started out with two rabbits on our farm and quickly had 30 rabbits in no time at all. Unfortunately we named every one of those rabbits so mom had to tell us they were chickens when they showed up on the dinner table, instead of, “Fluffy” or “Pretty Bunny.”

Eggs, are also symbolic of fertility and give added symbolic representation to the Easter Bunny herself.

Before Easter baskets became popular, the story of Eostre explains that baskets were originally nests, hence the fascination with putting grass or fake grass into an Easter basket.

If you’d like to teach your child about the religion behind the celebration of Easter. One way to help kids understand Easter is to read them a good book on the subject.

For a creative visual explanation, you can use the different colored eggs to symbolize some of the meanings. Helping children understand the tradition and meaning behind the Easter holiday helps build family traditions that span lifetimes.

… The house is probably waking up about now. Thanks for sharing your hot beverage with us – GiftBasketIdea.org Hopes You Enjoy your Easter Day!

 

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