Tag: Holiday Planning

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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Which Side(s) of the Turkey are you?

Which Side(s) of the Turkey are you?

It’s that time of year.  Thanksgiving starts a wonderful time of year for family and friends to gather.  You are hunting for the family platter for the Turkey or Ham. platter2  Or, maybe you have that favorite centerpiece you use every year.   My mother had a cornucopia that she filled with flowers one year and maybe olives and pickles the next.  It was always on the table, just like grandmother’s turkey platter; something you could count on.    cornicopia

Maybe this year you are figuring how to add two more seats to the seating.  Who will be at the “kids” table (we all hated that term and now we are doing it ourselves).  Every family has their way of celebrating Thanksgiving.  Not everyone cooks a turkey the same way or at all.  It can be baked, brined, grilled, smoked … anyway you can imagine. Some bring in their own cultures and cook ham, fish, various fowl, sausage and various other meats.

But, what is just as important are the tables that we gather around.  table.jpgIt is a time for family and friends to gather and talk.  To get out of the electronic age.  We have a “no electronics rule” for the table.  Decorating is unique and special.  I have my mother’s old turkey dishes and cups.   Mother had service for 14-32 depending on the season.  turkeyplate

Whether you are gathering at grandmother’s, a favorite relative or friend’s home, or you are the host, you are probably making a side-dish or dessert.  My favorite to bring is my Sweet Potato Pecan Crumble Casserole  I grew up with a traditional marshmallow topping over just plain mashed sweet potatoes.  But, once I tasted the pecan crumble I was a fan.  Then I started “messing” with the sweet potatoes too.  The total result is a success.  I have kids, grands and friends eating sweet potatoes that never touched them before.  What’s your favorite side?  Or, are you the dessert bringer?  I love to bake one of my County Fair blue ribbon pies (lemon and chocolate being my favorites). chocolate pie

So as you prepare to breakout the platter, recipes, decor, and the table settings this year, add a special touch to your holiday table with our new personalized tall highball or ice tea glasses and one of our personalized 60 oz. glass pitcherGail’s Personalized gifts is your GO-TO for all monogrammed glasses and bar ware any time of the year.  Order yours in time for Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

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