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PostSubject: What Does Easter Mean to You?   28/03/17, 09:19 pm

It used to mean a great deal to me when I was a child.

Every Easter Mum would by us a new summer dress.  We didn't get many new clothes in those days.  They were either hand me downs or Jumble Sale clothes.  But at Easter and Christmas we always got a new one.

She also used to hide the chocolate eggs, and anyone my age remembers we didn't get a lot of sweets in those days so Easter was wonderful for that.

The Sunday School the week before Easter would send us home with a single daffodil each to give to our Mums.  I really loved doing that.

I also got quite a bit of joy out of Easter too when Sarah and then my girls were young and we used to hide the eggs for them.

It's never been a religious holiday for us although we were all brought up knowing what Easter was all about. 

Now that all my girls are grown, Easter doesn't mean anything to me really.  In fact it creeps up so fast I have to keep looking at the calendar so that I don't miss it almost, rofl.
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PostSubject: Re: What Does Easter Mean to You?   28/03/17, 10:11 pm

Apart from the religious factor absolutely nothing I am afraid.
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PostSubject: Re: What Does Easter Mean to You?   28/03/17, 10:53 pm

The funny thing is that the giving of Easter eggs is celebrating a new life.  The life of not only Jesus being resurrected but also the eternal life he gave to us after dying on the cross for our sins.  The egg is a symbol of Jesus' resurrection.  Cracking them open symbolises when the tomb was cracked open.

The egg was a symbol to the early Christians of rebirth.

Yet I know Christians that get quite angry about the symbols use for Easter such as Easter eggs, little chicks and bunnies.  It wasn't until the 19th century though that the hiding of eggs by the Easter bunny started.

Rabbits usually give birth to a big litter of babies (called kittens), so they became a symbol of new life. Legend has it that the Easter bunny lays, decorates and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life.

Our customs are all very interesting I think.
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PostSubject: Re: What Does Easter Mean to You?   29/03/17, 09:41 am

Spending time with family which we will be doing this yr as every yr. We are going to Disney World to see our daughter get married.
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PostSubject: Re: What Does Easter Mean to You?   29/03/17, 12:21 pm

Oh how wonderful for you all. 

It looks as if our weather this year is going to be too grotty to do anything much.

I do so hope the wedding goes fantastically well.
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PostSubject: Re: What Does Easter Mean to You?   31/03/17, 07:23 pm

When I was little pretty much how you summed it up, Sandy.

My husband and I don't do holidays for ourselves.
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PostSubject: Re: What Does Easter Mean to You?   31/03/17, 08:32 pm

Mine was pretty much the same growing up as yours Sandy.

These days I don't even buy chocolate eggs anymore as my lot are all on healthy diets and hardly ever eat chocolate now.
Last year Catherine moaned about not getting anything so I bought her a big block of chocolate and she was happy lol.

The chance that 2 out of my 3 are working during the easter weekend is high so it will just be another normal weekend for me.
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PostSubject: Re: What Does Easter Mean to You?   31/03/17, 08:37 pm

It sounds like Easter meant a lot more to those of us that didn't have much in our normal life.  But then that's how it was for most of the working class in those days.

I loved my childhood even though we mostly had sod all, lol.

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PostSubject: Re: What Does Easter Mean to You?   31/03/17, 09:01 pm

It's just another holiday and an excuse to have a big meal.
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PostSubject: Re: What Does Easter Mean to You?   04/04/17, 04:11 pm

Currently it's just a long-weekend for my daughter and no doggy daycare for my grand dog Theo. I might get each of my girls a small chocolate treat...white choco for Nicole and milk choco for Julia...Theo may get a special doggy treat as well. It will be a regular weekend pretty much.

I no longer am a believer and with no little kids around no Easter egg hunts or presents to give.

But until the girls were in their teens we'd go to Church (used to go every Sunday) and they'd get Easter goodies and new PJs and new Sunday dresses, shoes and socks...these latter three items only until they were about 10 yrs old...and as they got further into their teens less goodies. And there was Fish dinner at my MIL's on Good Friday and a big dinner on Sunday with the family.

When I was a kid there'd be a few small hard candy-shelled Easter eggs and a larger choco egg with a nutty filling from a local chocolatier...it would take days to finish it as it was so rich. We'd go to Sunday School and Church and then our regular roast beef Sunday dinner.
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PostSubject: Re: What Does Easter Mean to You?   06/04/17, 08:09 pm

I expect the most we will do is have a special dinner for the Sunday.

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PostSubject: Re: What Does Easter Mean to You?   16/04/17, 06:30 pm

Absolutely nothing although we use it as an excuse for a big hearty meal, it used to mean something when my mom was here with us but, since her passing nothing seems right anymore.

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PostSubject: Re: What Does Easter Mean to You?   16/04/17, 07:04 pm

Things changed dramatically in our family after Mum had gone.

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