“You’ll wake up on Easter morning, And you’ll know that he was there, When you find those chocolate bunnies, That he’s hiding ev’rywhere.”

First we had rain then we had snow last night but only a dusting to an inch. The weather today is in a weird cycle. The snow started to melt earlier so most of the branches are no longer covered. Right now, though, it is snowing again, big flakes falling straight down or from the north. The snow cover on the ground has slush underneath it. My shoes would leave only a hole, not a footprint if I walked in the yard. The day is dark and uninviting. It is a read a book day or a day to do that project I need finished by Easter. The problem, however, is I have little ambition, not even enough to turn pages. Cozy under the covers on a dark and snowy day seems just about right.

Easter never had the anticipation Christmas had. It didn’t have any rules about the necessity for good behavior but it didn’t have any wishes either. We knew pretty much what we’d find on Easter morning. The only surprises were the small toys and books my mother tucked into our baskets. A tall chocolate rabbit was always the eye-catcher. Around it were jelly beans, big round hard colored candies which were white in the middle, a few small pieces of chocolate and some yellow Peeps, wild out of the box. I remember if I ate a piece from something, like the ears from the big rabbit, and put the rest of the rabbit back into the basket, it would stick to the grass at the bottom. Later, before I could have another bite, I’d have to pull off the grass shoots.

We didn’t have a giant rabbit at the mall the way they do now. We just had Santa at Christmas. Seeing Santa made a lot of sense but seeing the rabbit doesn’t. What do you talk about? What do you ask him to bring? He doesn’t care if you were good or bad. You’ll get an Easter basket regardless. I suppose you can always fall back on the sort of stuffed animal you want, the one usually sitting beside the basket, but beyond that, I’m clueless.

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18 Comments on ““You’ll wake up on Easter morning, And you’ll know that he was there, When you find those chocolate bunnies, That he’s hiding ev’rywhere.””

  1. Richard Says:

    Hmmph! You get ALL the good stuff! No fair. We didn’t even get the ‘dusting’ they said we’d get. It fell all around the city, but not in it. I hate when that happens. To top everything off, it’s bright ’n sunny outside and the temp is already up to 48°. Make it stop!

    I’m back to work revising and improving previously-created images in Photoshop. Amazing how one’s technique changes over time. There’s also the ongoing development of new software that provides new and different (but not necessarily ‘better’) capabilities. The ‘better’ is determined by User Proficiency and that li’l thing we laughingly call ‘Good Taste.’ Since that ‘taste’ thing is always subjective, I just make the images prettier than they were before the new software was available. The ones who don’t like the changes can pay me 25¢ to watch me care.

    The big white rabbit in the picture reminds me of the one I repainted for my daughter when she was two years old. An aunt brought me the papiér-mache bunny display item from the candy factory where she worked. I just retouched the paint and brightened it up a bit. When it was completed, it was just a bit taller than my daughter at the time. She was amazed when she saw it in front of her basket on Easter Sunday … and I’m even happier to have a few photos of that day.

    Riddle me this: How come the Easter bunny brings eggs? Rabbits don’t lay eggs.

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    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      This little sprinkling of snow hardly merits envy. It is snowing a tiny bit now but not really leaving anything. The ground is too wet. I’ll take some of that sun!

      I wish I knew Photoshop. I play around with it years ago and was actually able to do some stuff, but learning new things took me too long.

      Have used wetransfer for a while but not wetransfewplus. I also find no problems with it and like that I can upload a slew of files to send.

      I haven’t ever wanted to encrypt files, but I think I’d want the option. Who knows what I might be getting into in the future. I am going over to sign up and thanks for the caveat!

      I love the old papiér-mache figures. I have a few small Easter and Christmas ones but nothing as big as that rabbit. I love decorating the house with them.

      I also have a lot of the old plastic Santas that light up. Some are big and some are table size. What is funny is my nephew is into them now. I’ll have to go through my Christmas stuff to hand down a few of them.

      Just to make you feel better-it’s not snowing!

  2. Hedley Says:

    “Easter never had the anticipation Christmas had”

    – From the perspective of an 8 year old living in Leatherhead, Easter was a rubbish Christmas. Maybe a Smarties Easter Egg but that was about it. Lets focus on birthday and Father Christmas.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I agree. Let’s concentrate on Christmas and birthdays.

      The best thing about Easter was getting new clothes. The baskets were secondary.

  3. olof1 Says:

    unny and warm here today, the thermometer showed 58,1F as warmest, too bad one has to work on days like that.

    The Easter bunny wasn’t and still isn’t especially big here, the closest we come to one is the green one that have as a mascot in our biggest amusement park and he sticks around all year long (his girlfriend bunny however might be pink, I’m not sure 🙂 ). We did however have chocolate bunnies in our easter eggs every year. I always wondered why and was quite old when someone finally said something like it’s big in Germany and the candy is made there 🙂

    One time I got one really big bunny and it was filled with some kind of some kind of chocolaty nougat. At first I thought it was awsome but it was just too much even for me 🙂 I think I had to throw away almost half of the bunny 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Birgit Says:

      It’s warmer in Sweden than here? I demand fair sharing of temperatures in the EU! Oops, sorry, no, not really. I just miss the sun…

  4. katry Says:

    Christer,
    I swear I saw the sun for about three minutes this afternoon. At least there is very little snow and it seems to be melting.

    I went looking for the history of the Easter Bunny and found this,

    “According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests. Additionally, children often left out carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all his hopping.”

    Enjoy the evening!

  5. Birgit Says:

    Long live the Easter hare! It’s an endangered species. The Easter hare, Lepus europaeus fabulaeus, brought eggs and sometimes sweets for centuries and now they simply replace it with cute bunnies here and everywhere. I’ve bought 2 chocolate bunnies today, as an act of resistance we will eat them on Easter Sunday 😉

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Here it is sometimes the hare and other times a cute little busy who couldn’t haul a single basket. Even the chocolates look like hares, not bunnies.

  6. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Tall chocolate Easter bunny surrounded by jelly beans, speckled eggs and marshmallow bunnies. Oh, yes! Mustn’t forget the chocolate covered solid coconut cream egg. Coconut cream makes me ill as in nauseous. But everybody had to have the same thing so there it was. I ate the chocolate off the egg and threw the rest away.
    I didn’t eat the larger sugary eggs with the white middles either. They had no flavor. Just sweet. Marshmallow eggs were good.
    I’m an air-dried Peep fan so those had to hang around outside their wrappers for a week or so until they reached the proper stage of edibility.
    Nowadays I prefer good quality chocolate when I buy it. But I admit to a craving for cheap jelly beans around Easter time. 🙂

    The sun came out and melted all the snow on the pavement. But my plow guy came long before that and I didn’t mind.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      My favorite was the fudge egg we sometimes got. The marshmallow rabbits and eggs were also among my favorites. My peeps have to be rock hard. If you bang them against a table, you shouldn’t even dent them. That goes back to Ghana and how long the Easter package took to get to me. By the time it arrived, the peeps were solid and rock hard. That’s the only way I like them still.

      Jelly Belly jelly beans are great because they taste like their flavor. The ones we had back then were bigger, and they all sort of tasted the same.

      I too prefer good chocolate and go to a chocolate shop to buy candy for the house and for my friends.

      We now have sun as well.

      Have a great evening.

  7. Bob Says:

    Bah Humbug. Opps, wrong holiday. Although Easter is a religious holiday my mother gave us Easter baskets even though we are not Christians. Why bother to worry about a little fact like that when chocolate is involved. Even today I love the solid chocolate bunnies and Cadbury eggs. You know the ones filled with caramal.

    Last night we got a dusting of snow. I there was a little frost on my rental car and luckily they provided me with windshield scraper with a snow brush. By afternoon the temperatures are in the 50s.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I think the Easter baskets are just peripheral and have nothing really to do with the religious holiday. I went looking to find the link,

      “According to the University of Florida’s Center for Children’s Literature and Culture, the origin of the celebration — and the origin of the Easter Bunny — can be traced back to 13th-century, pre-Christian Germany, when people worshiped several gods and goddesses. The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate.”

      There were other possibilities but none of them had a direct connection to the holy day.

      We had an inch or less but this afternoon the sun reappeared and the sky turned blue. Nice day all in all.

      • Bob Says:

        I was being sarcastic. Of course there’s nothing about bunnies and chocolate eggs in the New Testament. I just couldn’t resist. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I knew you were kidding, but you got me wondering how a rabbit and Easter became intertwined. I had to look to satisfy my own curiosity.


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