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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Have an "eggstra" special Easter!

  • Undoubtedly, Easter is my favorite holiday.
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  • Undoubtedly, Easter is my favorite holiday.
     
    Here’s why. First, you get to eat candy for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
     
    Second, you have an excuse to buy a new spring outfit to wear to Easter services. And even if you don’t go to church, you can wear your spring outfit to sit around and eat candy all day.
     
    Also, playing Easter Bunny is so much less stressful than playing Santa and the payoff is about the same.
     
    Speaking of the Easter Bunny, how in the world did that ever become a symbol of Easter? After all, the Bible makes no mention of a long-eared, short-tailed animal who delivers decorated eggs to well-behaved children on Easter Sunday.
     
    According to history.com, the Easter Bunny has been a long-time, prominent symbol of Easter. Exact origins of this magical creature who drops decorated eggs all over the yard and/or house (chocolate candy at our house) are unclear, but rabbits, known to be very reproductive animals, are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life.
     
    Traditionally, my children have always left out carrots on a platter the night before Easter for the bunny, in case he gets hungry from all his hopping.
     
    What came first? The bunny or the egg?
     
    Eggs are an ancient symbol of new life and have since been linked to spring festivals.
     
    According to history.com, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb to resurrection.
     
    And commercialism turned eggs into chocolate eggs, making Easter the second best-selling candy holiday after Halloween.
     
    Hence the Peep was born. It is a marshmallow, sugary confection that I’ve heard makes a good explosion in the microwave.
     
    Which, in my opinion, is the only thing Peeps are good for.
     
    Happy Easter!

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