Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter is early this year

I feel like Easter sort of snuck up on me this year, but that it is probably because it did! Even last week felt like it was just too close to St. Patrick's day to dye eggs and put out Easter decorations!

An easy Easter decoration

Easter does not occur on the same date each year.  

It can be observed anywhere between March 22nd and April 25th, depending on the timing of the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox. With Easter falling on March 27th this year, that is nearly a month early compared to some other years. So - if you weren't feeling ready for Easter, perhaps it's because it really is very early, compared to many other years. 

Not all schools take their spring break at the same time, and Easter does not always coincide with those breaks. This year, Easter weekend marks the last few days of my daughter's break from college and the first weekend of my son's from high school. I have many fun memories of Easter egg hunts and sewing special outfits for my kids, but we celebrate Easter a little differently now!

easter outfits

One of my sisters was born on an Easter Sunday morning. For a while, I found it confusing that her birthdays were rarely on Easter and sometimes not even in the same month. When her eleventh birthday was the same day as Easter it seemed like a pretty special event, so I made sure she had a bunny cake! 

An Easter birthday.

Sometimes Easter is associated with the beginning of Spring - but that really depends on where you live. In Montana, we have been seeing signs of springtime: some warmer days, tulips beginning to poke up through the soil and the return of the bluebirds. But, just two days ago we had some snow and this morning it was 20 degrees F. when I got up. Quite a chilly morning for anyone attending a sunrise service!

Montana sunrise

Whatever Easter means to you, and whether or not it is a holiday you choose to celebrate, I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Happy Easter - Happy Spring!

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8 comments :

  1. Grinning here over the photo of the matching outfits, Susan. You're very talented. I can barely thread a needle so believe me, I am beyond impressed. Thank you for explaining the timing of Easter. I've never really understood it before. And yes - it is SO early this year. Crept up on me almost unawares. I hope you and your family are enjoying a wonderful day. Happy Easter!

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    1. I missed replying to these comments, Kelly. I hope your Easter was wonderful as well. Thanks for the compliment, but I'm afraid I haven't done much sewing for quite a few years now.

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  2. Happy Easter to you too Susan! Hope you had a wonderful day. I love the picture of your kids with their Easter outfits!

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    1. Thanks Lana - It was so fun to make clothes for them when they were little. Now I wonder when I found the time!

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  3. It really did seam to sneak up on me too! One day it was St. Patrick's Day and the next it was Easter!

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    1. And my son just pointed out to me this weekend that there are only 9 weeks until his HS graduation. GULP!

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  4. Easter was early. But where did the year go? We are nearly a quarter the way through, and surely Christmas was only the week before last?

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    1. I know what you mean. I can't believe it is already April.

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