Daily Archives: April 5, 2012

Happy Easter

Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns!
One ha’ penny, two ha’ penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters, Give them to your sons
One ha’ penny, Two ha’ penny,
Hot Cross Buns!

This is an old English language nursery rhyme and street cry referring to the lovely spicy buns we enjoy at Easter.  Well if you are English you will enjoy them and maybe other cultures eat them too.

Hot Cross Buns

Here’s the link to the recipe.  Do try them – they are delicious.

Colorful Easter Eggs

And will you be eating Easter eggs?

Celebrating Easter with eggs has long been a tradition in Western Christianity.  According to Wikipedia:

The Easter egg tradition may also have merged into the celebration of the end of the privations of Lent in the West. Historically, it was traditional to use up all of the household’s eggs before Lent began. Eggs were originally forbidden during Lent as well as on other traditional fast days in Western Christianity.

When we were growing up after the Second World War there was no chocolate to be had and eggs were in very short supply.  So no Easter eggs for us.

When my children were little we used to paint hard boiled eggs for Easter.  They were pretty awful attempts when the children were small and certainly improved as they got older and became more adept with paint and brushes.

And now I suppose my grandchildren will have chocolate Easter eggs.  When they were small (all four are now teenagers) I used to buy them each a book instead of an Easter egg.  And one year when they were all just toddlers, they each got an Easter bunny from Granma (oh not a real one; a stuffed animal).  I know that at least one of them (the eldest) still has his.

Easter Bunny Postcard

Postcard c1907 via Wikipedia

So how will you celebrate Easter?  Do you recognise this as a religious festival with all its meaning or is it a time of rest and recreation for you?  Although I suppose it could be both because the religious symbolism of new life and rejuvenation could also come into being if treating this as a holiday.

And now I am reminded of my Mother’s love of the movies and in particular anything that starred Judy Garland.  One of her favourites was Easter Parade.  We saw this several times as we were growing up.

In any event, and however you celebrate this weekend, have a good Easter and may it be a happy one filled with laughter, friendship and family.

‘Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees
Filled all the air with fragrance and with joy.”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
from the Spanish Student