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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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We Interrupt This… Think Pink Sale

My sister has a decorative sign in her living room that says ‘We interrupt this marriage to bring you football season.’ I’ve always loved that sign! Gail’s Personalized Gifts has been promoting a ‘Think Pink Sale‘ to do our part for Breast Cancer Awareness month. A percentage of each pink sale is donated to breast cancer research. While we will continue that sale through October 30, 2014 (so keep those orders coming in!), we interrupt this ‘Think Pink Sale’ to offer you a special, one day, 20% off sale on the featured products below.

This product line is from one of our most valued vendors. The featured sale products range from jewelry to scarves to cutting boards, and much more in between! Click here to see the full page of sale products. This is a hurry it up type of order… the sale starts at 12 AM and only lasts until 11 PM, EST on Friday, October 24, 2014. That’s tomorrow! Of course, email us if you have any questions on the products or placing an order.

A few of the products featured in the Oct 24 one day 20% off sale (see bit.ly/oct24sale for the full sale listing):

 

clipboard pendantscarf umbrellas