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Easter's on it's way!

Here comes Peter Cotton Tail
Hoppin' down the bunny trail
Hippity Hoppity Easter's on it's way

He has lots of games and toys
For all the little girls and boys
Hippity Hoppity Happy Easter Day!!

He's got chocolate eggs for Tommy
Colored eggs for Sister Sue
He has an orchid for your Mommie
And an Easter bonnet too!

O! Here comes Peter Cotton Tail
Hoppin' down the bunny trail
Hippity Hoppity Easter's on it'sway!

I loved to sing this little Easter song for my
daughter's when they were young girls. I am not
sure where it originated but it has always been a
favorite and I am sure it always will be.  The words
might not be 'eggs-actly right but they are as I (and my
girls remember them.

Easter Memories

The Easter Bunny came and left their baskets full of goodies...
Chocolate bunnies, marshmallow eggs, jelly beans, and bunny money!

Try This!!

The biggest surprise for my girls one year was the prints that the
Easter Bunny left behind.  Daddy and I filled the baskets....
ate the carrot.....and then we rubbed baby powder all over our hands.
On the table by the baskets we had filled we used our 'powdered'
hands' to leave 'bunny' prints. The next day the girls woke up to the
surprise of 'Bunny Prints' left by Peter Cottontail.....

Another great memory is our tradition to fill the plastic eggs and
HIDE them all over the house.  Cary and Liddy really enjoyed
this and I enjoyed watching their eyes sparkle when they discovered
another egg!!  When all eggs were found the HOUSE RULE  was to share.
Sometimes all the eggs were not found only to be discovered 
later in the summer.

The best tradition we had was the dying of the eggs....a favorite
activity of the holiday. Egg dye was bought....this was a very important
decision and the girls always chose the different ways to decorate their eggs.

We found a 'natural' way to dye eggs....
Maybe it would be neat for you....the instructions are below!!!

Natural Egg Dye

Spring Chicken Yellow

1 tsp Turmeric
2/3 cup boiling water
1 tsp vinegar

Easter Bunny Brown
(beige to brown)

1 heaping Tsp instant coffee
2/3 cup boiling water
1/2 tsp vinegar


Boil eggs with one of the following:
Green gold: (Yellow Delicious apple peels)
Onion skins : (golden orange)
Beets....(reddish purple)
Blue: (Canned blueberries or red cabbage leaves)
Grape juice: (mauve)
Light yellow: Orange or lemon peels, carrot tops, celery seed or ground cumin
And to any of the above ingredients add 1/4 tsp vinegar

Wash eggs in mild soapy water to remove oily coating which could
  prevent dye from adhering. Simmer for 20 minutes.

  Spring Chicken Yellow:
Add turmeric to boiling water, stir until
  dissolved. Add vinegar.

  Easter Bunny Brown:
Add heaping Tbsp heaping instant coffee to boiling
  water, stir to dissolve. Add vinegar.


1. Put eggs in a single layer in a pan. Pour water in pan until the eggs are covered.

2. Add about a teaspoon of vinegar.

3. Add the natural dye appropriate to the color you want your eggs to be. (The more eggs you are dying at a time, the more dye you will need to use.)

4. Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

5. Remove the substance you used to color the eggs. Put eggs in a bowl. If you want your eggs to be a darker shade, cover them with the dye and let them stand overnight in the refrigerator.

Spotted Eggs
 Put about 2 tsp. of cooking oil in your dye.
 When you dip in your egg, it makes the dye not stick to the places where the
oil is, thus making mysterious spots on your egg!

A Tiny history of the Easter Egg

The egg has been called the 'perfect package'.

Before it was associated with Easter the egg represented a Springtime rebirth.
Just as Spring erupted in a glory of colors and new does the egg...
it bursts forth with new life and miracles.

The egg was said to have special powers:

1. It was believed that an egg buried under a home would ward off evil spirits and provide protection to the inhabitants therein.

2. French Brides stepped on an
egg upon entering their new homes for the first time. 

3. Romans used it to tell the sex of their unborn child.

Through time the egg became to Christians the REBIRTH of man...
not of Nature.  Polish folklore and legend brought Easter and the egg
together.  Two tales are told ...

The first one involves the Virgin Mary at the cross.  She
gave eggs to the soldiers there and begged them to be less cruel and she wept.
She wept tears that became dots on the eggs in her baskets that in
turn changed to brilliant colors of the rainbow. 

The second tale tells of Mary Magdeline going to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus.  She had taken eggs with her to eat while she completed this sad task.
When she arrived at the tomb she uncovered the eggs and the white shells 
had miraculously changed to a rainbow of colors.

Many different cultures have made the egg the single most identifiable symbol of Easter.

The most famous of all Easter eggs (The Faberge Egg in England) was created.
Peter Carl Faberge was commissioned by  royalty to produce these wonderful creations. In all he made 75 eggs.

In Germany children were given eggs as Easter gifts. 

The Greeks exchanged eggs and colored them crimson to represent the 
blood of Christ.

Russian children held races and games on Easter and the egg was given as
the prize.  The Easter egg hunt evolved and many of the traditions that we here
in this country have adopted through the melding of cultures.

Today modern children enjoy brightly decorated easter eggs,
chocolate easter eggs and Easter egg hunts.

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this holiday as 2 holidays.....the one that children love...and the one that
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