Monday, April 11, 2011

Bill's Bits-Happy Easter

DATES FOR EASTER-Ths year, Easter is late compared to other year's. Have you ever wondered why Easter Sunday date's change from year to year?

I've read that Easter comes the first Sunday after the first Full Moon, after the first day of Spring. Sounds a bit confusing, but it does hold true. If you want to figure the years and dates that it will appear, you just have to follow the formula that I mentioned above. My feelings about Easter and the weather are simply this. The true feeling of Spring weather gets better after Easter. This is not always true, because there have been years when we've gotten some dandy snowstorms after Easter. Off hand, I don't remember the exact year, but it has happened.

Easter brings about a re-birth of better weather to come and the promise of planting crops after a long cold winter. Easter eggs are quite abundant in keeping with the holiday and that tradition is one that I cherish over the years. Being an Uncle to my two nieces, Alice and Janet Sydness, it was my duty to hide colored eggs in our rock pile on the farm of Grandpa and Grandma Goede and Uncle Bill. Over the ensuing years, many more nieces and nephews participated in this annual event. Eventually, my own children Steve, Susan, and Chuck got involved also. Sometimes Mae and I took them to town organized "Egg Hunts," but none compared to the eggs found on Grandpa and Grandma's farm "rock pile."

Easter's may come and go. Today's stores have more Easter related gimmicks than one can "shake a stick at." If anyone out there still likes to do some traditional Easter activities, do it! Some types of events should be continued just for sake of remembering the "good times."

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