Although we are becoming less and less religious as a society, we still seem to be remembering the important religious events – xmas and easter especially –  to hold our family events and make them special occasions to see our closest.   we also use these periods to relax and rejuvenate, its the few times of the year when everything shuts down.

Do you know why we give easter eggs at this time of year?  Easter is a Christian festival and for Christians the custom of giving eggs at Easter celebrates new life. Christians remember that Jesus, after dying on the cross, rose from the dead. They believe that, through his resurrection, Jesus defeated death and sin and offers people the promise of eternal life if they follow his teachings.

The first eggs given at Easter were birds eggs. These eggs were painted in bright colours to give them further meaning as a gift. We still paint bird eggs today but usually only chicken eggs.  when Maude was younger she loved to paint eggs, but you do have to be really gentle or they will easily break.   you need to pierce a hole at either end blow out all the liquid inside the egg, use for scrambled eggs, or bake a cake!  then perch your egg on a barbecue stick or on a chopstick and paint with acryclic paints.  you can always thread pretty ribbon through the holes and hang them – they look pretty cute.  i really like the tree that maude painted on this egg.  I still like to give my children Easter eggs, even thought they have grown up, and now give their partners eggs too…..

love these eggs that talented artist Mary Mathieson, made for our shoots for wild and gorgeous.

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