More Easter Decor

Hi everyone! It's Tuesday and that means we have several fun parties going on around the blogosphere! I hope you check them all out!

We have the ever lovely Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday. You so don't want to miss out on this weekly party! I guarantee you will see a lot of beautiful vignettes!

The sweet and thrifty Linda at Coastal Charm invites us each week to show off our bargains finds for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday. You will be amazed at the awesome thrifts people have found!

And last but certainly not least, the ever charming Troy at I Refuse to Recede asks us each week to post about something and give some trivia info about it for Tuesday Trivia Tie-in. You will learn some interesting new facts about all kinds of things.

So, spend some time at each of these wonderful blogs!

Last week I showed you the two little shelves I have above a larger shelf that I added a little Eastery Spring decor to. This week I am showing you the large shelf. Everything on this shelf was bought second hand except for the decorative Easter eggs. Those were bought super cheap at The Christmas Tree Shops.



I have posted about all of these items on past posts. They were all thrift finds. It's just a mixed grouping of thrifty things with some fun Easter added in.









And here is a little history of The Easter Bunny.

Origins
The Easter Bunny as an Easter symbol bringing Easter eggs seems to have its origins in Alsace and the Upper Rhineland, both then in the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation, and southwestern Germany, where it was first recorded in a German publication in the early 1600s. The first edible Easter Bunnies were made in Germany during the early 1800s and were made of pastry and sugar.

The Easter Bunny was introduced to America by the German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700s.[4] The arrival of the "O_ster Haws_e" (a phonetic transcription of a dialectal pronunciation of the German Osterhase) was considered one of "childhood's greatest pleasures," similar to the arrival of Kriist Kindle (from the German Christkindl) on Christmas Eve.

According to the tradition, children would build brightly colored nests, often out of caps and bonnets, in secluded areas of their homes. The "O_ster Haws_e" would, if the children had been good, lay brightly colored eggs in the nest. As the tradition spread, the nest has become the manufactured, modern Easter basket, and the placing of the nest in a secluded area has become the tradition of hiding baskets.[5]

Source: Wikipedia

And Easter Eggs...

The precise origin of the ancient custom of coloring eggs is not known, although evidently the blooming of many flowers in spring coincides with the use of the fertility symbol of eggs - and eggs boiled with some flowers change their color, bringing the spring into the homes. Many Christians of the Eastern Orthodox Church to this day typically dye their Easter eggs red[7], the color of blood, in recognition of the blood of the sacrificed Christ (and, of the renewal of life in springtime). Some also use the color green, in honor of the new foliage emerging after the long dead time of winter.

German Protestants wanted to retain the Catholic custom of eating colored eggs for Easter, but did not want to introduce their children to the Catholic rite of fasting. Eggs were forbidden to Catholics during the fast of Lent, which was the reason for the abundance of eggs at Easter time.[8]

The idea of an egg-laying bunny came to the United States in the 18th century. German immigrants in the Pennsylvania Dutch area told their children about the "Osterhas," sometimes spelled "Oschter Haws." "Hase" means "hare," not rabbit, and in Northwest European folklore the "Easter Bunny" indeed is a hare, not a rabbit. According to the legend, only good children received gifts of colored eggs in the nests that they made in their caps and bonnets before Easter.[9] In 1835, Jakob Grimm wrote of long-standing similar myths in Germany itself. Grimm suggested that these derived from legends of a goddess called Ostara,[10] but as a romanticist, he tried to connect contemporary customs to pre-Christian traditions, knowing that no written sources of that time existed. Additionally, a goddess of that name is only mentioned in a single ancient source giving an ambiguous statement about an Ostara month.


Source: Wikipedia

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25 comments :

  1. Everything looks so spring like and sweet. I loved the embroidered pieces and the big egg.

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  2. Your Easter decor is wonderful and so colorful, and I loved reading your trivia about the history of the Easter Bunny and Easter eggs!

    Kat :)

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  3. Diann,
    Thanks for coming to my NTT PAR-TAY...luv your Easter display and that brown wicker bunny is sooooo CUTE:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  4. Fun Easter egg collection~ How bright and colorful~

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  5. Very cute! My favorite is that little bunny inside the yellow rose cup!!

    Katherine

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  6. Great Easter egg collection...love the giant one! The pansy are gorgeous...

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  7. Pretty displays and dishes ! Thanks for the history lesson !!
    Happy Easter !
    Kammy

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  8. I so love your Easter!!
    Happy Spring!
    Hugs, Lisa

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  9. Just adorable! And I'm going to hav the kids read your trivia in the morning!
    xoxo Pattie

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  10. Interesting! You sure got yourself some adorable treasures to decorate with.

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  11. Love it all! Fun to rearrange and add some seasonal items and make a completely new display!

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  12. Those eggs on a stick are so cute!! I am still trying to get Easter out- by the time I do it will be time to put it away!!!!!

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  13. It's all so adorable. It looks like you're really ready for Easter. Thanks for leaving me such a nice comment on my blog.

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  14. All of your Easter decorations look so fun! Great job!

    Isn't it amazing the things you can find while thrifting!

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  15. Very pretty, Linda. I ♥ the little bunny peeking over the edge of the yellow rose bowl...too cute!

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  16. these are all such sweet pretty vignettes..

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  17. It is all so Eastery looking and fresh! Thanks for sharing. Be blessed. Cindy

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  18. So pretty. I just love all of your wonderful eggs. The egg bouquet in the vase is so cute and the precious bunny peaking out of the dish. How lovely. Thanks so much for joining the party. This is just beautiful. Hugs, Marty

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  19. Hi!
    Great post for Easter. Love all the info, thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    A View of My Life
    http://splummer-aviewofmylife.blogspot.com/2010/03/tuesday-trivia-tie-in.html

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  20. What a great display for Easter! Just imagine what the thrift stores will have for us to pick through after next week!

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  21. O, you are so cute. Everytime I read your "I tried my best not to fall in love with him" it brings such a smile to my face. :))

    Love how you decorated your shelves. Shelves are a must for my cottage...I never pass one up at the thrift stores..too many great places to put one and...I just love 'em.

    If I win your beautiful place setting for 2 here, I know I will fall over in a dead faint. HOWEVER, it won't take but Mr. Sweet whispering," don't you want to do a tablescape with these beauties?" and I'll hop right up!:)
    xo bj

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  22. What a great Easter vignette! I love the basket and the wicker bunny. The linens look nice also. I have to look when I get home, but I am pretty sure that the yellow rose tea cup matches a platter I have. Thanks for all the info!

    ~ Tracy

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  23. Love your Easter decorating. What great ideas. Especially the embroderied table runner.

    :) Michelle

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  24. Thanks for all the Easter information and your shelf is adorable...love all the eggs and especially the embroidered scarf runner.

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  25. Hi Diann,

    Thanks for joining Tuesday Trivia Tie-in again this week.

    Your little bunnies all over the house look so cute. I always though the Easter Bunny was manufactured by Hallmark, to sell more cards. Now I know the rest of the story.

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Thank you for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your ideas. If you ask a question, I will answer it here in a comment back to you. Please check back! Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day! Diann :)