Firstly, on the word Easter: We sat down together as a family for a traditional Sunday roast dinner yesterday lunchtime. For those of you who know our life - this is a very rare occurrence as the girls are normally working on a Sunday at the local horse stables. As we were chatting together, I as asked by daughter number two, where did the word "Easter" come from? It is at that point that a mobile phone and Google comes in handy.
Note: It is not allowed to have mobile phones at the dinner table in our house, I am not sure what you're norms are at the table, but this is one of ours. Neither is right or wrong, just what you are comfortable with.
A quick check of Wikipedia and the following was shared:
The modern English term Easter, developed from an Old English word "Ēastrun" or "Ēostre". The most widely accepted theory of the origin of the term is that it is derived from the name of a goddess mentioned by the 7th to 8th-century English monk Bede, who wrote that Ēosturmōnaþ (Old English 'Month of Ēostre', translated in Bede's time as "Paschal month") was an English month, corresponding to April, which he says "was once called after a goddess of theirs named Ēostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month".
We then got onto why we celebrate Easter, why it was a holiday and finally, Easter eggs. Where we talked about their symbolism and meaning - not just whether they are made out of good or bad chocolate! See at the end for the joke.....
Sunday, Sunday: It was lovely to be together as a family, telling stories, jokes and sharing knowledge. It was also an opportunity to reflect on how Easter has changed in the past twenty to thirty years from when I was growing up. There was a lot more religion and less commercialism. Again, it was a good or bad thing, I am not sure. What I am sure of though, is it makes you realise how few these moments are in today's "rush, rush, rush" world where everyone is striving to work, be successful and get on.
As we continue the long weekend with a Bank Holiday Monday off work, the quiet and peacefulness of the Sunday continues. I hope it does for you too..
Finally the joke. So if chocolate is made from cocoa, which comes from a tree. That makes it a plant. Lettuce is part of salad and is a plant, therefore, chocolate is salad as well. You can't fault the logic of a girl who wants lots of chocolate eggs!!