Category Archives: Traditions

Cheers to Kate and William!

It’s finally over. Just a few more weeks of people prying into their lives and then they’ll get some peace. Maybe.

I didn’t seem to be excited about this royal wedding like I was when Lady Diana was to marry Prince Charles. Maybe because I was then a girl of sixteen who still dreamt of romance. I thought Kate was a lovely bride but there was something about Diana that I don’t find in her. Or maybe I just so inundated with the publicity to the point of ad nauseum.

Kate’s gown was a bit of a disappointment to me because it didn’t look extraordinary. And the bodice looked so stiff, especially the breast area and it wasn’t flattering. There was no oohs and aahs for me there. She looked beautiful if not a little too made up, maybe for photographs. She was very composed and regal, though. She is an asset to the royal family.

Prince William obviously inherited his mother’s shy demeanor and at one point in the wedding, he was slouching and looking rather sleepy. But during the parade, he and Prince Harry gave such smart salutes, it was awesome. I feel bad that he is losing his hair at such a young age.

The best part of the wedding for me was the sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Dr. Rowan Williams rocks! Best wedding sermon I’ve heard in a while. I’m his newest fan. People need to be reminded what marriage is all about. It’s not easy. I just celebrated my 22nd. The only tip I can share is don’t give up so easily.

My most memorable moment was after the balcony viewing, as William was leading Kate indoors, she looked over her shoulder at the crowd and had the most beautiful smile on her face. I hope someone caught that on camera.

I felt a bit nostalgic, watching these two get married. I still remember when Diana came out of the hospital holding William. She was so young. I wish she was there to witness this event.

The Brits turned out full force, always a pleasure to see. They are the masters of pomp and circumstance and never disappoint!

I watched this all on YouTube courtesy of the BBC. I suspect BBC got special access to areas because I saw scenes where no other news cameras where in. Cheers!

Well, here’s to wishing the couple the best of luck. May their lives be blessed.


Phenomenal Peeps

Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Times

Since Easter is just a few hours away, my thoughts turn to post-Easter candy sales. Although I did buy 3 boxes of Peeps at retail price, there’s nothing like hoarding a bunch of coma-inducing holiday sweets at 50% off.

But maybe not. Since my foot surgery 2 months ago, I haven’t been able to exercise and have taken solace in the company of my friends,Trolli, Haribo, and Albanese gummi bears (if you haven’t heard of the latter, they are delicious and comes in 12 real fruit flavors.)

Yet I am a weak sugar addict and I might still drift over toWalgreens and rummage through the bins come Monday. And if there are Peeps, well, they are coming home with me.

Which made me curious. Where do Peeps come from? It’s interesting to find out that Peeps is manufactured by an 87-year old family company. They are situated in Pennsylvania and the business was started by Sam Born, a Russian immigrant. He had a small candy shop in New York called “Just Born” and despite the Depression, his business grew and he moved to Bethlehem, PA.

In 1953, Mr. Born acquired the Rodda Candy Co. which made a popular Easter peep that was made by squeezing marshmallow through pastry tubes. Mr. Born’s son Bob, helped mechanized the making of Peeps, making their company the largest producer of novelty marshmallow treats. They also make other famous candies like Mike and Ike and Peanut Chews.

Eight hundred million Peeps are eaten during Easter alone and the company produces enough Peeps to go around the Earth’s circumference twice every year! So I am not alone in my love of this chewy, gooey treat.

So how do you eat your Peep? I eat mine head first because I like to hold on to the tail. And any exposed marshmallow gets dipped in the extra sugar in the box!

Yellow is still the most popular color, which happens to be my favorite. And they have 0% fat! Check out some other interesting facts about Peeps at the following website:

Valuable Marshmallow Peeps Facts You Never Knew

And people have come up with creative and practical uses for Peeps.

20 Creative Uses of Peeps Beyond the Easter Basket

15 Coolest Peeps Diorama

Think you know everything there is to know about Peeps? Go to www.marshmallowpeeps.com and challenge yourself!


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It’s not just about the candy

You’ve seen them. The ubiquitous bunnies and Easter baskets that are synonymous to the celebration of Easter Sunday.  Actually, I’ve been seeing them even before Valentine’s Day was over.  Just go to your local Walgreens and you’ll see their faithful associates rearranging shelves for a barrage of items and confections that have very little to do with the real meaning of Easter.

To be honest, Easter did start as a pagan holiday, a rite of spring.  In distant history, people were glad when spring came.  They can go outdoors, things start growing again, it’s just a joyous time.  With the coming of Christianity, early leaders wanted to move people away from heathen beliefs and practices so Easter was superimposed on the previous celebration by associating it with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Of course, the timing couldn’t be any better since the season of Lent, which ended with Easter Sunday does happen in the spring.

I’m not putting down people who buy stuffed bunnies and Cadbury Crème eggs.  I love them just as much as anybody.  But ever wonder why the bunnies and eggs?  Because they are signs of spring and were symbols of fertility!  Rabbits cavort as soon as the weather gets warm.  Before somebody built a humongous house near the creek in our neighborhood, it wasn’t unusual to see bunnies hopping on our street after dark.  Bunnies and eggs are signs of new life and that is what the Resurrection means to Christians – being born to a new life.  Because Christ died for our sins, we can look forward to a new life in heaven.

The Church explains the practice of wearing new clothes for Easter in the same light.  We dress our new selves.  Although I’m suspicious that this may have been propagated by Woolworths or Macy’s at some point!

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The Easter Bunny is a character of Germanic origin, just like Santa Claus.  Eggs used be colored red to represent the blood of Christ, or green to represent new life.  Because Catholics fast and abstain from meat and poultry during Lent, eggs were naturally included in the Easter feast.  German Protestants did not want to their children to follow Catholic traditions but they still loved their eggs so the Easter Bunny was concocted, giving eggs, candy, even toys to good kids who made colorful nests in their caps or bonnets.  Mom’s eggs weren’t as exciting.

In this day and age, very few people color eggs anymore or volunteer to dress up as a bunny and stores have seen the commercial value of stocking goods for Easter.  Personally, I never did see the relationship of Easter baskets with the true meaning of Easter.  Maybe because I’ve been raised in a different culture.  Why should kids get gifts for Easter – isn’t eternal life enough?  And have you seen the things inside these baskets lately?  Mostly junk.  So if you’re set on giving Easter baskets, put them together yourself.  Lots of great craft ideas on the internet.  Do enjoy the holiday but please remember that it is the most holy of Christian days, the very core of our faith.  God bless!