It's spring...at least in the South: we've sprung forward an hour, we've celebrated the vernal equinox, and most of the flowering bushes and trees are bursting forth. And of course, Easter is on its way.
We love this holiday for many reasons, not the least of which is the tradition of filling baskets with goodies, whether for our children, grand-babies, or even our fur-babies.
But where did this tradition come from? And what's in YOUR Easter basket this year?
Throughout recorded history, humankind has celebrated the return of warm temperatures and the ensuing renewal of fresh new plants and trees leafing out as they bud and bloom their way into another season of life. But how did we get from celebrating the end of the short, cold days of winter to woven baskets filled with sugary confections and eggs....brought by a rabbit?
The basket of goodies and the Easter rabbit came from Germany into America in the 19th century. The tradition of the Easter Bunny is rooted in Anglo-Saxon folklore. According to legend, the goddess Eostre found a bird dying from the cold and transformed it into a rabbit so its fur would keep it warm. But that transformed bunny continued to lay eggs like a bird. (That explains the Cadbury egg...and a lot more, doesn't it?)
Using a basket to hold our Easter treasures is probably less romantic and whimsical: for countless centuries, baskets have been used to carry practically everything, including food and gifts. Modern confectioners and toy makers have made it easy to fill our children's baskets with sweets and other treasures that are befitting for the season.
Now that we know why we celebrate Easter with eggs and bunnies and baskets...the question is, how are YOU going to celebrate it?
I confess: I continued to fill my children's baskets each year until grand babies began to arrive. Now I focus my creative energies on making sure they have baskets full of unique treats and toys galore....and this year, that's going to include some egg-shaped bath bombs from our own Fizzy Fizzy, along with extra-soft wash cloths. There might even be a trinket in their baskets for their mamas, because that's just what grandmamas do.
Speaking of grands, if you have a grandparent who has been house-bound for the past year, why not put together a grown-up Easter basket just for them? Line it with a tea towel from Just Junkin or Rustic 615, and then pick out their goodies. Need some inspiration?
Here are our top 5 ideas for grown-up Easter goodies:
1. Candy is dandy - but if coffee is their morning ritual, why not tuck in a bag from Sanders Bros. Coffee? Or add a little spice of life with a bottle of Mini Fusion Asian sauce.
2. Bath bombs and shower steamers are always a hit, as are the luscious soaps from Hearth and Gate.
3. For the style-conscious mavens, Julia Mae has lovely spring clothing, and you can accessorize with several styles of jewelry - choose from up-cycled silverware bracelets and necklaces, map keychains and necklaces, or dainty baubles from The Shabby Bee and Blessed to be Vintage. (Bonus: instead of a basket, you can always grab a Myra bag and fill it up with their Easter treats.)
4. For the dapper grand-dads, we've got a pleasing assortment of candles from Reed and Embry, plus fun magnetic state and Nashville puzzles, lake and cabin signs, sports team items and more.
5. Finish with a flourish: add a sweet Easter paper item from Paperdoll Handmade or a card or print from MadeMe To Create.
All these items and many more are available for you to fill a special basket for someone special. But don't wait too long - hippity hop on in and let us help you pick out the perfect items for your Easter gift-giving!
WHO WRITES THIS STUFF?
I'm Terry Lea, owner of Re-Invintage Home, a vintage home goods shop just south of Nashville in Murfreesboro, TN. A lifelong passion for vintage picking led me to open a shop with my picking pal, Sherri in 2017. Come see us!