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EASTER CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE WORLD!

Easter is a special event celebrated by Christians.  It is the celebration of the resurrection of  Christ.  Easter is celebrated in many countries all over the world, however not all traditions are the same.










America and Canada

   In America and Canada, Easter is pretty much celebrated the same.  Decorated eggs are hunted for or exchanged as well as other gifts they may include money and chocolates.  Easter baskets and bonnets are made and decorated, then entered into contests.
   The Easter bunny is very popular in both countries.  Stores line their shelves with stuffed bunnies to give as gifts as well as chocolate, decorations and gifts for the Easter holiday.











Germany

   In Germany, Eater is called Ostern.  Besides Christmas, Easter is the most important holiday in Germany.  Spring cleaning is done in the household, decorations are brought in and hung up.  Small Easter trees are brought int o the home as well and decorated with eggs.
   Parents hide Easter baskets with small presen…

HOMEMADE TREATS FOR MAN'S BEST FRIEND!

This recipe and diy comes from www.comeonilene.com .  It's not always about us human beings we have to take care of our other family members and buddies in the dog world.



Ingredients
1 cup rolled oats1/3 cup margarine or butter1 cup boiling beef broth3/4 cup cornmeal2 teaspoons white sugar2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules1/2 cup milk1/2 cup peanut butter1 egg, beaten (or 2 eggs to make treats softer for older dogs)3 cups whole wheat flourDirections






Combine rolled oats, margarine/butter, and boiling beef broth in a large bowl. Let stand and soften for 10 minutes. Thoroughly stir in cornmeal, sugar, bouillon, milk, peanut butter, and egg. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time, until dough comes together. Knead dough together so that it looks like this:
Roll out dough to 1/2″ thickness:




Cut out shapes with cookie cutter. I had a hard time finding a bone shape cutter and almost made my own cookie cutter but then I randomly saw this 4″bone cutter at AC Moore:






I cut some smaller shapes using…

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…