Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Brunch



I found this story about the Easter bunny on a website of Easter poems and stories. 

Origin of The Easter Bunny
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The Easter Bunny is a symbol that originated with the pagan festival of Eastre.

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               The goddess, Eastre, was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons
                                       through her earthly symbol,

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the hare or rabbit.

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The date of Easter is determined by the moon whose symbolism is strongly tied to that of the hare.

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In fact, the hare is the symbol for the moon.

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Ever since the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D., Easter has been celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon after March 21st.

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The Easter bunny was introduced to American folklore by the German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700s.

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The arrival of the "Oschter Haws" was considered "childhood's greatest pleasure" next to a visit from Christ-Kindel on Christmas Eve.

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The children believed that if they were good the "Oschter Haws" would
lay a nest of colored eggs.

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The children would build their nest in a secluded place in the home, the barn or the garden.

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Boys would use their caps and girls their bonnets to make the nests.

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The use of elaborate Easter baskets came later as the tradition of the Easter bunny spread through out the country.

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The author is anonymous.

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This table, as so many others, just came about, partly unplanned, but with what is around the house.

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So what was I going to write about?  I don’t consider myself a writer to any degree, so it’s always the hardest part for me when putting up a post.  That and getting my computer to cooperate!

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So as I’ve done before, I searched for a story.  This one couldn’t have fit better.  But I was uncomfortable with all the talk about a pagan goddess and hares…after all Easter is the holiest of all Christian holidays.

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As I read I searched a little more, and even though I sort of knew some of it already, I came to appreciate the history behind the traditions and how church events have evolved. 

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I love spring!  Everything starting over!  Renewal! Another chance!  So wise!

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And so another place setting was added to this table as my youngest joined us for Easter brunch and we were all together again if only for a day (until summer).

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I hope you and your families have had a joyous and blessed Easter Season and will continue to ‘bloom’ and ‘grow’ as we move on into the rest of the year.

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Now I think we can actually get on with the spring planting outside!  Yay!

Happy Easter!  Happy Spring!