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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 04/05/12

Thursday, April 5, 2012

THE STORY OF EASTER SEALS!



    Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 90 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities. Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve person goals.





Tragedy Leads to Inspiration

    In 1907, Ohio businessman Edgar Allen lost his son in a streetcar accident. The lack of adequate medical service available to save his son prompted Allen to sell his business and begin a fund raising campaign to build a hospital in his hometown of Elyria, Ohio. Through this new hospital, Allen was surprised to learn that children with disabilities were often hidden from public view. Inspired by this discovery, in 1919, Allen founded what became known as the National Society for Crippled Children, the first organization of its kind.



Founding Fathers of Easter Seals



The Birth of the Seal

    In the spring of 1934, the organization launched its first Eater "seals" campaign to raise money for its services. To show their support, donors placed the seals on envelopes and letters. Cleveland Plain Dealer cartoonist J. H. Donahey designed the first seal. Donahey based the design on a concept of simplicity because those served by the charity asked "simply for the right to live a normal life."
The "lily", a symbol of spring, was officially incorporated as the Easter Seals' logo in 1953 for its association with resurrection and new life and has appeared on each seal since.





Easter Seals Emerges

    The overwhelming public support for the Easter "seals" campaign triggered a nationwide expansion of the organization and a well of grassroots efforts on behalf of people with disabilities. By 1967, the Easter "seal" was so well recognized, the organization formally adopted the name "Easter Seals".







Easter Seals Today

   Easter Seals offers help, hope and answers to more than a million children and adults living with autism and other disabilities or special needs and their families each year. Services and support are provided through a network of more than 550 sites in the U.S. and through Ability First Australia. Each center provides exceptional services that are individualized, innovative, family focused and tailored to meet specific needs of the particular community served.






Primary Easter Seals services include:

  • Medical Rehabilitation
  • Employment & Training
  • Children's Services
  • Adult & Senior Services
  • Camping & Recreation


Vintage Easter Seals

    Easter Seals also advocated for the passage of legislation to help people with disabilities achieve independence, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Passed in 1990, the ADA prohibits discrimination against anyone who has a mental or physical disability, guaranteeing the civil rights of people with disabilities.
At the core of the Easter Seals organization is a common passion for caring, shared by its 23,000 staff members and thousands of volunteers, and by those who support its mission. The heart felt commitment to helping people with disabilities and their families is what Easter Seals is all about

DYING EATER EGGS NATURALLY!

   This diy comes from www.momtastic.com .  With everyone worrying about what is in certain food especially the dyes.  It seems practical to use all natural ways of dying your eggs this easter.


DIY Holiday: Dying Easter Eggs Naturally





Skip the Easter egg dyes that are lining the store shelves this time of year. You probably have a lot of items in your fridge already to dye eggs beautifully and naturally. It's a lot of fun to experiment with different types of colorful vegetables or fruits. In this case we used red cabbage (which actually turned the eggs bright blue) and beets.





Supplies:

  • Eggs ( I used brown and white for color comparision)
  • Red cabbags
  • Cooked beets
  • Vinegar
  • Water and a pot

Instructions:

First cover eggs with water in a pot on the stove





After putting the eggs and water in, fill it up with red cabbage, place the lid on and boil for about 10-15 minutes






Remove eggs from pot, but reserve the liquid. Don't be alarmed if the eggs aren't soaking up color yet.







Let the liquid cool for a little and then resubmerge the eggs into the liquid along with about 3 T of vinegar. The liquid will be bright purple, but the eggs will mostly soak up blue. Refrigerate for about 1-2 hours, then remove eggs and let dry






Now we'll do the same thing with beets. Add water to a pot with eggs and throw in several cooked beets (I've found them already cooked and peeled at Trader Joes). You'll follow the same process as the red cabbage above. Boil the beets with the eggs for about 10-15 minutes. Remove the eggs, reserve the liquid and place the eggs in the red liquid along with 3 T of vinegar into the fridge for about 1-2 hours at least ( I soaked mine much longer in this case)





Naturally dyed eggs typically have a dull finish. You can rub a little mineral or vegetable oil on them for some gloss if you'd like. Now all you need is an Easter basket to place them in!



THE HISTORY OF THE EASTER BUNNY!!




    Children look forward to Spring and the arrival of the Easter bunny. Easter signifies the warm weather is coming, is the first big holiday since Christmas and who doesn't like jelly beans and chocolate bunnies? There are sever theories and legends around where the tradition of the Easter bunny began and how colored eggs became a part of it.
Once theory, according to Wikipedia, is that the Easter bunny or "Osterhause" as it is called in German, first originated in Western German cultures where it had traveled from the Upper Rhineland during the Holy Roman Empire. German children would leave their caps and bonnets out where the rabbit could find them and make a nest to leave brightly colored eggs. This tradition crossed the seas to the American colonies, where all children picked up the custom and started to observe it. The bright colored "Easter grass" we see in baskets today is a throw back to this custom.





    Since birds lay eggs in the Spring and rabbits give birth to large litters in the Spring, the egg became a symbol of Spring and fertility. Who better to deliver it than a new bunny? The coloring became symbolic of all the colors of Spring flowers. However, the Eastern Orthodox Church only dyes its eggs red to represent the blood shed by Christ as he was crucified.
    For those who celebrate Easter as a lunar holiday rather than a religious one, the origins go back to the fast that Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after Spring Equinox. Easter gets its name from the goddess of Spring, Eostre (pronounced Estra). She is the goddess of fertility and also was said to have always traveled with a companion, a white rabbit. Legend says she gave the rabbit the ability to lay brightly colored eggs once a year, in the Spring, and from this came our Easter eggs. This legend also appears in German folklore where they say she became angry with the rabbit and cast him into the heavens where he remains as the constellation Lepus the Hare, which is located at the feet of Orion.






    There are many legends relating the full moon, fertility and the rabbit. The Chinese believe that rabbits, like the moon, can change their sex. Often in Chinese symbols there will be a rabbit leaping across the face of the moon. This is a fertility symbol. Since Spring is the time of birth and fertility of the land, the moon and rabbits are associated with it.

THE ORIGINS OF THE EASTER EGG HUNT!



    For Christians across the world Easter is a sacred day that marks Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead. But alongside celebratory church services and religious festivities, for Christians and non-Christians alike, Easter has also become a day to enjoy Easter chocolate and candy, family fun and of course an Easter egg hunt. From coast to coast, families across America enjoy the thrill of hiding and then hunting for Easter gifts tucked away in the house or somewhere in the yard.






    But where did the tradition start?? And why is it that Easter is celebrated with an egg hunt? To understand why the Easter egg hunt became such an important part of the Easter tradition, we have to begin by considering why eggs became associated with the holiday in the first place. And surprisingly enough it's our pre-Christian past that holds the key.
    Long before Christianity, as long as three thousand years ago, the ancient Zoracstrians in Iran celebrated Nowruz, the spring equinox, with eggs. Similarly, ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Persians and Babylonians all considered the egg to be a sacred food and a symbol of fertility, rebirth and the cycle of life. In pagan northern Europe the egg also symbolized the germination of new life. Throughout April and spring, eggs were exchanged between friends in celebration of Eostre,the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring. And of course Easter eggs also owe some connection to the Jewish holiday of Passover which celebrates the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt. During the traditional holiday Seder meal, special salt-flavored hard boiled eggs are eaten.






    Melding these diverse, rich cultural and religious roots, with the emergence of Christianity, the egg also began to symbolize the rebirth and resurrection of man himself. For followers of eastern Christianity, several legends involving Mary Magdalene, clearly depicting how the symbol of the egg became intertwined with that of the Resurrection. Legend dictates that Mary Magdalene brought eggs to the tomb of Jesus to share with the other women, and that upon seeing that Christ had risen, these eggs turned red. According to further legend, Mary Magdalene went to Rome to meet Emperor Tiberius to recount the Resurrection of Jesus. It is said that as she held out an egg to him as a symbol of the Resurrection he scoffed, stating that a man could no more rise form the dead than an egg could turn scarlet. It is said that the egg then promptly turned deep red in her hands.







    In addition to this lore and legend, the humble egg took on greater Easter significance with the spread of the Lent tradition of fasting. During medieval times, it became tradition in Europe for Christians to refrain from eating eggs during the forty day Lenten period. So much so that the night before Lent, on Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras, households would eat up all the remaining eggs in the pantry by cooking hearty and sustaining pancakes. In days that followed, as Christians fasted, all eggs that were laid were boiled and preserved to be enjoyed later. Then, when the period of penance was over and it was time to break the fast and celebrate Easter, eggs quite naturally became a prized gift. In the centuries that have followed, new and more elaborate ways to decorate and gift eggs have been established. In many countries eggs are painted bright red to symbolize the blood Christ shed, while in Germany and Austria, green is the traditional color of choice for Easter eggs. But, perhaps the most famous and exquisite example of egg decorating remains the jeweled Faberge eggs that were crafted for the Russian Imperial Court.





    So how about the egg hunt itself? While not much is known about the real history of the egg hunt, some folklore suggests that the first Easter egg hunts originated during the rise of Christianity when followers were persecuted. Instead of simply giving children eggs, people hid them so to avoid ill treatment. Today, alongside Easter egg hunts, many people enjoy other fun outdoor activities including the popular Easter egg roll. Not much is known about the real history of the egg hunt, one thing is for sure; In the U.S., Dolly Madison, the wife of the fourth President, organized the very first Easter egg roll in 1814. It was held outside the Capitol in Washington D.C., and apart form a hiatus during the Civil War, is celebrated to this day every Easter Monday on the lawn of the White House.