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A Bite of Spring

Thursday’s Bite

celebrating the rites of spring

The spring equinox occurred yesterday. (If you live down under it was the fall equinox.) The day when the minutes of daylight and dark are perfectly balanced. It’s when the pagan religions celebrate spring. Check out my post on banning Easter Egg Hunts to see where I was last year when the days equalized. And today I’m posting links so you can explore different aspects of spring. Happy linking!

Click HERE to learn  about five goddess and one spring god who represent spring in different ancient religions on About.com.

Click HERE  for lists of sacred foods and gemstones to celebrate Ostara or Lady Day as the spring equinox is called.

Click HERE for a terrific article on the origins of spring equinox celebrations.

And enjoy your holiday, no matter how you celebrate it!

-jessica

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Banning Easter Egg Hunts?

Sensational Saturday

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Banning Easter Egg hunts?Stock Photos - Jackrabbit Eating
Seem un-Easterish? It does to me. But then I’ve never gone to a city sponsored Easter Egg hunt, I didn’t as a kid and I’ve never taken my children to one. Why would you go?

Easter to me is about family. The only large Easter Egg hunts I’ve been to have been at Church, where they separate out the young ones from the very young ones and it’s all nice and friendly. You don’t get much, but that never really bothered me because we always do our own Easter Egg hunt at home.

That’s right. The Easter Bunny not only brings baskets of goodies like chocolate bunnies and extra underwear. The Easter Bunny spends a lot of time getting our very own colored eggs out of the refrigerator and hiding them around the house. Oh, and he throws in some jelly beans and maybe a few foil covered chocolate eggs.Free Stock Images - Chocolate eggs

If you’ve never done an Easter Egg hunt inside, it’s a blast. Houses have very fun places to hide eggs. Jelly beans are the best. Line up a bunch of white ones on a white window sill and watch a four year old look right at them and not see them. Or put blue ones on a blue pillow. Black ones hide the best, so you’d better have someone who can find them all or else you’ll be finding them years later. We found a chocolate egg behind a book the other day.

Inside egg hunts are never rained out, snowed out or over crowded. And you can make your own rules, like:

  1. Anyone over the age of, hmm seven, can’t look below their waist until the younger ones have pretty full baskets, then turn ’em loose.
  2. You can participate at any age, but at around fourteen or fifteen maybe it’s time to become a helper. Or maybe not. Your choice.
  3. When you think everything’s been found, you have the time to look again and play the  “hot and cold” game.

Inside Easter egg hunts are safer, warmer, and more fun. And you get to do it with the ones you love. NO pushing or shoving. No parents shouting, “get ’em all!”

I’ll be dying eggs tonight. And that reminds me, we have one more thing that we do for Easter.

We use the crayon in the PAAS kit to write everyone’s name on an egg. That way you know which one is missing when you can’t find it. And we have one more tradition.

The egg that doesn’t turn out so well from the dying, you know, the one that ends up that mottled shade of greeny brown from pouring all the dye together at the end? That one we call, the rotten egg.

Free Stock Photography - Eggs
There’s always at least one rotten egg, right?

Do you brave the public Easter Egg hunts? What has the Easter Bunny left in your basket? Do you even celebrate Easter?

Check out my post on Ostara on Paranormal Freebies entitled, Chocolate Easter Bunny or Jesus Fish?  and enter to win a free copy of Little Red Riding Wolf.

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