Category Archives: Holiday

EASTER 2022 ~ Happy Resurrection Day

EASTER 2022 ~ Happy Resurrection Day

  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. ~Luke 24: 2-3   Christ the Lord is risen today, sons of men and angels say. Raise your joys and triumphs high; sing, ye heavens and earth reply. ~Charles Wesley I… CONTINUE READING…

Easter Bonnets and Hats

Easter Bonnets and Hats

Credit for the EASTER BONNET in American culture is given to the song “Easter Parade” written in 1933 by Irving Berlin. More on this in a moment, but it must be noted that while partially true, special bonnets or hats for Easter pre-date Mr. Berlin by a long mile and are not an American invention.… CONTINUE READING…

Cadbury Chocolate Easter Eggs

Cadbury Chocolate Easter Eggs

The original molded CHOCOLATE EASTER EGG was the product of candy company competition and one man’s dedication to the Quaker philosophy of helping the community. In 1824, John Cadbury opened a small shop in Birmingham, England, specializing in a variety of drinks, including tea, coffee, and drinking chocolate. He was quite successful, particularly with the… CONTINUE READING…

Easter Egg Museums

Easter Egg Museums

The incredible, edible egg! Contrary to rumors of strictly pagan origins, eggs have been associated with Judaism and Christianity for centuries. For example, at the Passover Seder a hard-boiled egg dipped in salt water symbolizes both new life and the Passover sacrifice offered at the Temple in Jerusalem. The truth is, almost every culture and… CONTINUE READING…

Simnel Cake ~ an Easter classic

Simnel Cake ~ an Easter classic

Simnel cake is a light and airy fruitcake widely eaten in the United Kingdom, Ireland and other countries with patterns of migration from them, associated with Lent and Easter. It is distinguished by layers of almond paste or marzipan, typically one in the middle and one on top, and a set of eleven balls made of the same paste. It was originally made… CONTINUE READING…

Two fun Easter Quizzes

Two fun Easter Quizzes

How about an Easter Week quiz? How about TWO quizzes? All in good fun, as the answers are in spoiler boxes directly below each quiz. How well do YOU know your Easter trivia? Give it a go! The first quiz is on general Easter topics. For the second quiz I turned to the Bible, which… CONTINUE READING…

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part V

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part V

This is Part V (the finale) of my series exploring the Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs. I strongly encourage clicking over to read Part I and Part II as they include truncated bios of Peter Carl Fabergé, Tsar Alexander III, and Tsar Nicholas II. More importantly, ALL of the previous parts relate the history of the eggs made between 1885… CONTINUE READING…

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part IV

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part IV

This is Part IV of my series exploring the Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs. I strongly encourage clicking over to read Part I and Part II as they include truncated bios of Peter Carl Fabergé, Tsar Alexander III, and Tsar Nicholas II. More importantly, all three of the previous parts relate the history of the eggs made between 1885 to 1906.… CONTINUE READING…

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part III

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part III

This is Part III of my series exploring the Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs. I strongly encourage clicking over to read Part I and Part II as they include truncated bios of Peter Carl Fabergé, Tsar Alexander III, and Tsar Nicholas II. More importantly, the previous parts relate the history of the 15 eggs made between… CONTINUE READING…

Valentine’s Day Around the World

Valentine’s Day Around the World

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY 2022! As a romance novelist with the above tagline, the month of February and Valentine’s Day are quite important to me. Over the years, I’ve written a horde of posts about the holiday itself, history, floriography, and general themes of romance and love. A topical search on the blog sidebar will bring… CONTINUE READING…

Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne

There is a common joke that Auld Lang Syne is one of the most popular songs of which no one knows the full lyrics! Other than the chorus, this is largely the truth. Back in my long ago days of celebrating New Year’s Eve at a party, I can’t recall ever hearing more than the… CONTINUE READING…