This weekend is Easter and all the kiddies, and some mommies and daddies too, are waiting anxiously for the easter bunny to make his arrival.
Easter is an annual religious holiday. According to Christian scripture, Jesus was resurrected on the third day after his crucifixion. Some Christians celebrate this resurrection on Easter Day or Easter Sunday.
Easter also refers to the season of the church year called Eastertide. Traditionally the Easter Season lasted for the forty days from Easter Day until Ascension Day but now officially lasts for the fifty days until Pentecost.
The easter bunny and the easter egg are relatively new elements of Easter.
To read some more on the history of Easter check out this wikipedia article.
This website has some fun crafts and games with a Easter theme for you and your children to do. There are also some Easter recipes like this one:
Easter eggs on a stick:
* Small eggs
* Chopstick or skewer
* Chocolate candy melts in various colors
* Plastic zipper sandwich baggies
* Lollipop sticks
* Cardboard egg carton
* Small bowl
1. Pick up an egg; poke the bottom (largest end) with an ice pick or steak knife.
2. Use your fingertips to pinch off little bits of the egg around the hole. Make the hole almost the size of a dime. (Note: Yes this seems large, but you have to get the chocolate back inside!) (See photo.)
3. Hold the egg over the mixing bowl, stick the chopstick up inside the egg and break the yolk. Shake the egg into the mixing bowl. Set egg shell on plate. (See photo.)
4. Repeat with remaining eggs.
5. Use the eggs in mixing bowl in a recipe or cook up a batch of scrambled eggs. (Yum!)
6. Take egg shells over to the sink and rinse them out.
7. Fill each egg shell with warm water and place in pan.
8. Gently cover the eggs with warm water about an inch above the tops of the eggs.
9. Place pan on stove and bring to a boil. Boil 2 minutes. Note: This step was provided by our local County Extension Food Economist to eliminate salmonella.
10. Remove pan from heat.
11. Use slotted spoon to remove egg shells, one at a time, from water. Place egg shell in strainer or on cooling rack placed in sink. (If you do not have a rack that fits in your sink, place kitchen towels on countertop and place strainer or cooling rack on towels.)
12. Repeat for all egg shells.
13. Be sure to wash thoroughly anything, including your hands, which may have come in contact with the raw eggs.
14. Let egg shells dry thoroughly (overnight).
15. Place the eggs in egg cartons with the open end facing up.
16. Place a handful of melts into a microwave safe bowl and heat on 50% power for one minute. Continue for another 30 seconds (50% power) or until all pieces are melted.
17. Fill a zipper plastic bag halfway with one of the colors of melted chocolate.
18. Squeeze all the air out of the bag and push all the chocolate to one corner.
19. Twist the remaining areas of the bag around to form a mock pastry bag.
20. Snip the tip of the corner off with scissors.
21. Squeeze melted chocolate into the egg shells through the opening. Repeat with other colors to create layers.
22. Just when you think you are done you will need to firmly but carefully tap the egg carton on the table or counter to help get rid of any air pockets in the chocolate. Top off eggs with more chocolate.
23. Before the chocolate sets, be sure to stick in a lollipop stick.
24. Place the eggs into the refrigerator to set.
25. Once chocolate has set, remove the egg carton to the counter.
26. One egg at a time, carefully tap the sides of the egg on the counter.
27. Peel the egg shells off the chocolate.
Here are some lovely Easter pictures I found:
And some funny cartoons:
Oh my word, How funny is this one?