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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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2012 – THE YEAR OF WEDDINGS

Chinese New Year is one of the most vivacious and exuberant celebrations you’ll ever see. It consists of fifteen days of vibrant costumes, larger than life animal displays, numerous fairs, musical performances, acrobatics, prayer, food and good luck. As the participants are counting down the days to the start of the lunar calendar, they’ll be dressed fabulously… perhaps in costumes but definitely in COLOR. Oh the colors! The red, green, silver and gold… just one glimpse of the colors and you cannot help but to join in the celebration!

2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon. Singapore is even constructing a 360 meter waterway as a centerpiece for their ‘water parade’ performers, consisting of thousands of dancers and lineup acts from around the world. Dragons (known for their boldness and short temper) have long held a powerful place in representing Chinese Emperors. 2012 is a special year because the Water Dragon makes an occurrence in Chinese Zodiac only once every 60 years. One can only assume the celebrations (starting January 23, 2012) will be much more elaborate than normal! The Water Dragon exudes calm and empathy in contrast to the temper and boldness of the regular Dragon.

Don’t feel left out if you cannot travel to China for the celebration! World wide, participants gather to celebrate. A few of the notable destinations are Vancouver, BC; San Francisco, CA; Sydney, Australia and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Even with these destinations, we here at Gail’s Personalized Gifts aren’t really close enough to participate. Cleveland, Georgia is a far cry from any of the above (but a great city to work in). Since we won’t be visiting the Chinese New Year celebrations, we’ve decided to have our own celebration for 2012… The Year of the Wedding!

We’ve all felt this way – 20 of our closest friends and family members are getting married! Truth is, we’re probably not in 20 weddings but they do seem to happen concurrently. We LOVE it but there are also lots of details and lots of gifts!  That’s where Gail’s Personalized Gifts steps in to help. We specialize in The Year of the Wedding! From the bridesmaid’s and groomsmen’s special gifts to  bride/groom champagne flutes to Personalized Tervis Tumblers to PSA Personalized Stamps to crystal invitation plates for the bride and groom … we have your gifts taken care of.

Have you procrastinated? Though we don’t suggest it, don’t you worry – we have several of our wedding selection gifts in stock and can ship them out within 24-48 hours (shipping time additional). Our prices are extremely competitive and our customer service is sensational! Click here to see our current wedding gift options and allow us to help you celebrate The Year of the Wedding!

Best regards,

Gail’s Personalized Gifts

details for the Chinese New Year extracted from TheStar.Com

(A very special thank you to my guest blogger, my daughter, April!)

Rain, rain, go away?

A ‘Rainy Day’ story from a guest blogger –

‘April showers bring May flowers.’  ‘Life is like a rainbow – you need both the sun and the rain to make its colors appear.’  ‘I’m singing in the rain, just singing in the rain; What a wonderful feeling, I’m happy again.’  There are many quotes about the rain, and even more opinions.  You have people that LOVE the rain.  They cannot wait to sit on the porch swing and listen to the rain come down.  Then you have those that hate it!  I have a feeling these people are mothers or babysitters or teachers that cannot go one more day without letting the kids out to run and play.

Most people are okay with the rain from time to time.  We all know it is essential to our planet.  Lush greenery, May flowers, streams and rivers – rain is beneficial.  I was one of those people that thought the rain was awesome, occasionally.  I loved to hear it against the roof at night as I fell asleep.  I loved to watch it while sitting on the porch or reading a book.  And then I moved to Seattle.

Now it rains ALL the time.  I had to buy rain boots just to walk the dog.  I have at least 4 umbrellas, one in each car and by each door.  The mountain trails are muddy, always.  It doesn’t pour and then stop… this rain is more like a constant mist coming down.  The clouds and the gray gloom over the city can drive you mad.  The fall season is okay.  You have football on tv and it’s getting cooler.  Staying inside is good. Then winter comes around and you have snow mixed in with the rain.  If you have a husky pup like I do, you get outside in that snow no matter how cold it is!  Now it is March.  And it’s still raining.  There is no end in sight.

But then comes summer.  The sun rises over the snow capped mountains.  You actually see blue sky!  The gray coloring of the sky is transformed into this bright blue mixed with hues of the sun.  And the flowers and trees – they are so colorful! The blooms showcase thousands of colors.  The trees are the most vibrant green.  The sunlight bounces off Lake Washington and you’re happy again.

Even though I need my umbrella and rain boots, and must have a cup of Starbucks in hand, I will still embrace the rain.  Why?  Because the rainbows are worth the rain. The summer is worth the winter.  And because I like the rain, especially if I have my personalized umbrella from Gail’s Personalized Gifts!

–Whether you are like our guest blogger and live in Seattle or just need an umbrella from time to time, check out our New Arrival Personalized Umbrellas!  From Alabama fans and their addiction to houndstooth to our stylish ladies and their polka dots to our kiddos and their love of frogs, we have an umbrella for everyone.  Male and female, young and old… see our entire umbrella selection hereEmail us with any questions; we look forward to helping you enjoy those rainy days.