As a child growing up, I always looked forward to the Easter holiday.
No school, dying Easter eggs, and the competition between my brother and myself to create the most colorful and beautifully decorated eggs were intense.
On Easter Sunday, my mom, dad, brother, and I would go to our sunrise church service, followed by a special breakfast at our favorite restaurant. We then went home to search for our hidden Easter baskets.
My mom created the most amazing baskets lined with "grass," stuffed to the brim with all our favorite goodies: decorated eggs, marshmallow chicks (Peeps), chocolate rabbits (who ate the heads off first), and of course jelly beans with all their wonderful fruit flavors.
As I got older, other goodies found their way into my baskets, like books, cute socks, and of course, my favorite teas (yes, I’ve been drinking tea since I was little). I will happily admit I received an Easter basket from my mom well into my twenties.
Fast forward to now.
As I was putting together the Easter tea collection, fruity jelly beans and chocolate seemed to be the theme that kept coming to mind - I guess I really am a kid at heart.
I hope you enjoy the selections.
As I close out this email, here are a couple of tidbits I thought you might find interesting regarding the Easter holiday.
🐣 According to European folklore, a rabbit was said to leave a basket filled with colored eggs for children. When settlers immigrated to America, they brought the story with them. Did you know that decorated eggs have historically been mythological motifs for a new life?
🐣 Today, we celebrate Easter as a Christian holiday that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The tradition of exchanging baskets is said to be descended from early medieval Catholics. To celebrate the end of Lent, they would bring baskets of delicious goods to church to be blessed by the priest.
So, no matter what your beliefs I wish you the happiest of holidays.