Saturday, April 3

Eostre and Peanut Butter Cups

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday in the Christian Church, the holiday that celebrates Jesus' resurrection from the dead. Easter is one of the few floating holidays in the calendar year, because it's based on the cycles of the moon. Jesus was said to have risen from the dead on the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring. For that reason, Easter can fall as early as March 22nd and as late as April 25th.

The word "Easter" comes from an ancient pagan goddess worshipped by Anglo Saxons named Eostre. According to legend, Eostre once saved a bird whose wings had frozen during the winter by turning it into a rabbit. Because the rabbit had once been a bird, it could still lay eggs, and that rabbit became our Easter Bunny. Eggs were a symbol of fertility in part because they used to be so scarce during the winter. There are records of people giving each other decorated eggs at Easter as far back as the 11th century.

Now, if you will excuse me, I have one more sleep until I can break into a bag of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups ..... chocolate and peanut butter here I come!


The Bug said...

Happy Easter! Hope you enjoyed your Reeses. I'm a Cadbury Egg person myself - think I need to make a trip to the store to find some!

Jo said...


Love, love, love Reeses peanut butter cups.

Happy Easter. :-)

Katy said...

Thank you both.

That first bit of Reeses was just soo awesome!