Easter – Celebrating Life’s New Beginnings

by Seasonal Wisdom on April 1, 2012

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Easter has long celebrated the rebirth of nature, as Spring splashes her seeds and flower buds around the garden at this time. Seasonal Wisdom takes a look at Easter folklore over the centuries, as well as vintage Easter cards from Riptheskull on Flickr.

vintage easter card

In earlier centuries, Easter marked the time for folks to wear new clothes, clean the home, sweep out winter’s dust, tend the garden, and strew dirt floors with aromatic herbs for warmth, cushioning and natural pesticides.

Around the British Isles, there was a well-established belief that the sun danced for joy as it rose on Easter, wrote Ronald Hutton, a distinguished history professor at University of Bristol and author of several books on Britain’s ritual year.

Lots of basic facts about Easter — such as how the day is closely connected with the Spring equinox, and why eggs and bunnies are symbols of this holiday — can be found in this Seasonal Wisdom post.

old-fashioned easter cards

Easter and the days right afterwards kicked off the spring fairs and festivities in past centuries. Depending on what day the holiday was celebrated that year, Easter often ushered in warm-weather activities like morris dancing, may poles, horse-raising and sporting events in England during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

old easter greeting card

An odd tradition around Easter was the custom of wishing success to one’s farm crops in a similiar way to “wassailing” apples around midwinter and the New Year. On Easter afternoon, farmers would wander around their corn or wheat fields with plum-cakes and cider, making toasts to the health of their plants. For example, farmers in Herefordshire, England were said to recite these words as they saluted their corn crops:

“Every step a leap, every leap a sheaf,

And God send the master a good harvest.”

easter card from past

During this beautiful time of the natural year — with new birth all around us — may you celebrate and enjoy this time in your own home.

To get you in the swing of things, check out my Sensational Spring Pinterest board. You’ll find everything from table decorating ideas to all-natural egg dyes.

Don’t forget to stop by Riptheskull on Flickr to see more cool vintage cards. Learn more historical facts about Easter.  And, however you decide to recognize this special time of year, be sure to take a minute to appreciate Mother Nature’s work.

“Well pleaseth me the sweet time of Easter

That maketh the leaf and the flower come out.”

Bertran de Born

vintage easter card


Victoria April 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Nice post! Easter is a lovely time of year no matter how one celebrates.

Melanie April 4, 2012 at 10:35 am

Interesting! I love your holiday posts!

Seasonal Wisdom April 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Thanks, Melanie and Victoria, for your comments. Sometimes history is stranger than fiction! Happy Easter, happy spring. Teresa

door251 April 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm


Love the blog, you def have a new follower.

I was wondering if you knew what kind of plants are good for heavily shaded gardens? we have a tiny tiny city garden, but it is surrounded by big oak trees which i suspect are sucking the life out of everything, couple that with it not getting an ounce of sun and me being a complete novice, i’ve no idea what to plant in there, everything from last year died.

thanks for your help!!


Seasonal Wisdom April 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Hi: Thanks for your message. You should consider growing shade-loving plants in containers. It might be easier. Here are some general container gardening tips from me – http://containergardening.about.com/b/2012/03/02/great-container-gardener-teresa-oconnor.htm . Here are 11 options from HGTV – http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/11-shade-loving-container-plants/pictures/index.html. More ideas from Better Homes & Gardens – http://www.bhg.com/gardening/container/plans-ideas/container-garden-plant-combinations-for-shade/ . And don’t forget your local Master Gardeners can give you lots of FREE gardening information. Find your local group here – http://www.ahs.org/master_gardeners/. Have fun! Teresa

Emmon April 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

You have such a graceful way of writing and mixing it with images! This is just plain lovely!

Seasonal Wisdom April 6, 2012 at 11:57 am

Thanks, Emmon. I really appreciate your comments. Happy Easter, happy spring to you. Teresa

Emmon April 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

You too! :-)

Kathy @nativegardener April 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

Lovely, as usual, Teresa! I so enjoy how you put together interesting bits of info with the vintage cards. Happy Eastertime to your garden~

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