Easter Greetings--Eat some Eggs!
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Sentimental Sunday: Easter and Eating Eggs
Coloring hard boiled eggs is a well established tradition for Easter, but what about eating lots of eggs at Easter. I found a curious reference to eating eggs at Easter on a post card sent to my great-grandmother Mary (Walker) Reese in April 1909. The sender (whose identity is not clear) asks Mary, "how many eggs are you going to eat on Sunday," presumably a reference to Easter. Then the sender states, "I am going to eat for [sic] or fiv [sic], dozen I mean" I found that to be an odd reference, so I turned to the internet for answers. The Wikipedia page for Easter Eggs points out that there is an old tradition of not eating eggs or dairy during Lent. But because hens don't stop laying eggs during Lent, a larger number of eggs would be available by Easter if the eggs had not been allowed to hatch. So after 40 days without eating eggs and an excess store of eggs, eating a ridiculous number of eggs would be in order--although I don't think eating four or five dozen in one day would be advisable for anyone!