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!
Easter Greetings--Eat some Eggs!

6 comments:

  1. Welcome to the GeneaBloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

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    1. Thanks Dr. Bill! I have found a lot of ideas already--now to find the time to write!

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  2. I learned about your blog via Geneabloggers.
    Reading it, it struck me that there are many Dutch names in your blog such as DeWitt, Koster, DeTurk, Roemer, Van Tassel and Vanderhoof. Being Dutch myself, I was very much interested. I also have a blog with many genealogical subjects. One of my posts shows a survey of foreign genealogical blogs/sites showing Dutch origin surnames. The URL is http://www.patmcast.blogspot.com/2012/05/dutch-ancestors.html. The idea is to try and establish contacts between people who have an interest in the same surname. There are numerous cases in The Netherlands where people emigrated centuries ago without leaving a trace in Dutch archives. With my blog I try to bring Dutch and foreign (mainly US/CAN) genealogists together.
    Therefore, I like to have your permission to show your site in my a.m. blog.
    I look forward to your reaction!
    Kind regards,
    Peter

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  3. Kipp, Welcome to Geneabloggers! This is a great blogging community. I've been on here about six months. Lately I've been blogging about an ancestor in the Civil War.

    Regards, Grant

    http://thestephensherwoodletters.blogspot.com

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  4. Thanks Grant. I am seeing a lot of great ideas out there! I will take a look at your post on the Civil War.

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  5. great blog!! looking forward to reading more,

    Di

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