Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tuesday 10 Easter!

How many sound familiar to you?

10 Victorian Easter traditions:

Decorate Easter eggs – not from a kit, more’s the pity, but by using cranberries, beets, spinach greens and orange and lemon peels.
Greeting cards – bunnies, chicks, or a cross printed with a simple “Happy Easter” or spiritual greeting

Church – um…pretty self explanatory there.

Lilies – the flower of the holiday, according to the language of flowers, Lily (white) - Virginity; purity; majesty; it's heavenly to be with you

Panorama sugar egg – They look like they’ll rot your teeth in a second. Or break them. Can you eat these?

Easter bonnets – a traditional start to spring, any Easter bonnet would be guaranteed to be fashionable, flirty, and fun. And in the newest colors of spring.

Easter parades - The first public Easter parade in America occurred in 1860 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, when families strolled along the Boardwalk in their new spring finery after the Sunday service.

Chocolate eggs (and bunnies) - bunnies were symbols of fertility (you’ve heard the saying?), and chocolate eggs abound during the late 1800s.

Maundy Money - could be ordered from the bank or mint by anyone. The tradition dates to King Edward I or II, when the monarch washed the poor’s feet (not all of them obviously) and gave them money. This explains it much better than I could: Maundy Money an Easter Tradition

Easter Baskets – where else would you fit all the goodies in?


Marlene said...

I can't imagine a monarch washing the feet of the poor. Amazing he'd not only do the washing but also give them money. I'm impressed. Fun list to read through.

Nicole McCaffrey said...

What an interesting blog! I never realized some of these traditions went back so far. I figured the grocery stores had invented coloring easter eggs, LOL.

Love the blog, Christine. A great Tuesday Ten.