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Easter, The Beginning…

Easter. New Life. Spring. The winter has come and gone … the sun begins to shine longer as new life erupts.

The word Easter, the beginning of spring attached to the goddess Eostre, became entwined with the 7th century celebration of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ by early English Christians. They were celebrated at the same time. Over the next centuries, as immigrants traveled to America they brought their own celebrations and they were incorporated slowly into what is now Easter.

It is easy for kids to be caught up in holiday celebrations without knowing where they came from. Many parents are rethinking the whole season and seeking to help their children understand where Easter began and why we celebrate.

It truly began in 33 BC. But, by the 1700s it was intertwined with so many celebrations. German immigrants brought their spring celebration in the 1700s to America which included an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase”. Rabbits are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life. The children made nests for the mythical creature and they were rewarded with colored eggs.

Over the years the nests became baskets and buckets designed in spring colors, filled with gifts and candy and the eggs became chocolate.

Christians use the egg as the symbol of new life and to represent Christ’s resurrection from the tomb. At one time eggs were forbidden during Lent by the Catholic Church so they were decorated and saved, eaten at the end of Lent.

It is never too young to begin introducing the Easter season’s real meaning into your child’s life. Many children’s programs now include the resurrection eggs craft to explain the story of Christ’s death, burial and Resurrection to children.

As Easter celebrations have become more secularized, some church schools, churches and families have made them into two separate events, Spring and Easter, so that children can separate the two in their understanding.

As you plan your Easter and Spring celebrations for your families, let me be the first to wish you a blessed Easter, Resurrection Sunday and celebration of Spring. ~ Gail @ Gail’s Personalized Gifts

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~ Love Is In the Air ~

~ Love Is In the Air ~

Love in any language ....
Love In Any Language

The Legend of Valentine’s Day

Lupercalia was a Roman celebration of the beginnings of spring that began in February as early as 496BC. Legends say that names were drawn from a box for boys and girls to be boyfriend/girlfriend during the festival. It would even lead to marriage.

Then the Roman Emperor Claudius II banned marriage. He said married men were bad soldiers. Legends say a Priest named Valentine felt the emperor was wrong and performed marriages in secret. The Emperor found out, imprisoned and sentenced Valentine to death. The priest fell in love with the daughter of his jailer. The legend further says that when Valentine was taken to be executed he left a letter to her from “Your Valentine”. Over the years”Your Valentine” became a way for people to say they loved you.

You can say you love someone in a very special and unique way by giving a personalized gift for Gail’s Personalized Gifts.

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Traditions! Traditions

Traditions! Traditions

Back To School (2)

It’s that time …. back to school and back to school traditions!   Are you ready?  School supplies, teachers names, bus schedules.  So many things to get in order.

All over the world children are getting ready for a new year of school.  Did you know that means specific traditions in many countries?  Not every country starts school in August or September.  School bus schedules do not exist.  There may not be buses or books.  Let’s take a short trip around the world.

Most children in America look forward to a new backpack, lunch bag and pencil case.  Some of my grandchildren were raised overseas.  Their father was raised in Germany where school kids look forward to a schulueteA cone shaped goodie filled treat bag.

schultuete

But my grand-kids were raised on a Greek isle and the traditions there are starting school the second week of September. They have two weeks for Easter and Christmas and four national holidays.  Like America they would have a new book bag.  There were new notebooks, pencils and various teacher requested items for each student.  They wore tradition school uniforms. They learned traditional Greek songs and dances.

Greek

In Italy moms are shopping for a grembiule for primary kids to wear over their clothes.  It is a work smock.

Italy

If your kids or grandkids were raised in Russian cultures, they would celebrate the first day as “Knowledge and Skills” day.  The day is filled with ceremonies and is formal so they dress up.  They take a bouquet of flowers to their teacher and she gives them a balloon in return.

Russia

In Malaysia school starts in early January.  In Brazil the school year begins in early February. 

In Holland children ride to school in an eco-friendly bakfietsen or cargo bike instead of placing them on a school bus or driving them in a car. 

Holland

In Tokyo they learn to take the subway as early as six.  In Singapore they ride “smart buses” that notify the parents 10 minutes before it arrives and lets parents know when their student gets on the bus and when they arrive at the school.  It also takes attendance for the school and gives the driver the bus route.

In Caracas and parts of Asia they ride cable cars and very scary homemade basket cable transportation to get from their village to the nearest school.  They climb rail ladders to get to the cars.

Asia

And in France kids can ride a school bike-bus. 

 france

But, here in America we are starting school in August and September and it is time to get those much needed new backpacks, lunch bags and pencil cases.  Gails Personalized Gifts Back To School 2018 can make your child’s special and unique.  No chance of someone getting their’s mixed up with other kids.  Check out some of her new collections:

Confetti Pop Collection Confetti_Pop_Collection group shot labeled.jpg day dream collection labeled Day Dream Backpack

Puppy Preschool Backpack puppy preschool backpacks labeled sparktacular group shot lunch bag and backpackSparktacular Backpack

Take Flight Backpack TAKE FLIGHT GROUP SHOT LABELED

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