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Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am Colleen Fielding, a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road  or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc.  l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years,you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer:  The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.

Easter is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Great and Holy Friday, and believe it or not but also Black Friday (not only a day the stores chose to be for shopping) is right around the corner. To some people it is a very religious time. But for some it is something entirely different.

When I was a little girl every Easter I would get a new bonnet, gloves, sometimes a dress and shoes if the money wasn’t too tight. I would wear my new outfit to church. 

After church we would go home, once home I would put away my Easter outfit and go outside, here the games began. My sisters and I would go hunting for eggs that we had decorated the night before, and look for candy as well. By the time we came back into the house there would be a yummy chocolate bunny waiting for us. Of course we were not allowed to touch the bunny until after the delicious meal of Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Peas, salad and the parts of the Chocolate Bunny for dessert. ( just a heads up if you want to invite me over for dinner sometime this is one of my favorites). After the dishes were done my stepfather would always watch the movie Ben-Hur with Charlton Heston on the TV (every once in a while as I flip through the channels with my remote to see what’s on I see the movie is still playing, no I don’t watch it I never really did.)

Around the 17th century when children were becoming more visible to the adults, and they were now not just little people that had to learn the way of the world (or using the silly old wives tale that children should be seen and not heard, rubbish I say, of course they should be heard. You have to admit when you hear children laughing while playing brings a smile to your face as well.) Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny were starting to become popular. The eggs were for the symbol of  new life. Easter Bunny came from a German Tradition about an Easter Hare that would bring eggs to the children.

Rabbit and Hares had been associated with the rituals of Spring for a long time because of their great fertility. 

During the 18th and 19th century as German Immigrants would settle in Pennsylvania they would bring their Hare and Rabbit tradition of their stories of an egg laying Hare in German this is called Osterhase or Oschter Haws. The Rabbit which was more docile than the wild Hare and could be domesticated easier was the more attracted choice of the two. 

The candy and chocolate makers thrive during Easter as this Holiday comes in 2nd while Halloween comes in first for candy sales. At Easter there are Chocolate Eggs, Chocolate Bunnies,  and Jelly Beans.

Jelly Beans are very popular at Easter  as over 16 Billion of them are made each year  (wow that’s a lot of Jelly Beans and sugar) this is enough to fill a giant  Egg that has been measured at 89 feet high, 60 feet wide. The Easter candy called Peeps (originally called Just Born)  which is a Marshmallow very sugary yellow in color to signify Chicks was created in  Bethlehem Pennsylvania made by a Russian immigrant by the name of Sam Born in 1923. The Peeps did not start selling until the 1950’s. A few years later Chocolate Marshmallow and Chocolate Mousse  Bunnies and other shapes were brought out.

Here’ something for those of you that have a super sweet tooth: 

The largest Easter Egg made from Marshmallow and covered in Chocolate was 25 feet high, this thing weighed over 8,000 pounds it was built on an internal steel frame, now that should keep you going for awhile, and no doubt your Dentist will be very happy to see you once a week as well .

Happy Easter Everyone

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