Braided Easter Egg Bread

Braided Easter Egg Bread

Hey Kids:   Easter is only a few weeks away. This would be a great opportunity to make Braided Easter Egg Bread. You can watch the yeast change and grow the flour as well as present an unusual loaf of great tasting bread on your Easter table. There are many opportunities to use this bread as a witnessing tool as friends and family talk about the reason for Easter. Making bread is a lot like playing with play dough. After mixing the recipe, kneading is folding, pushing, folding, and pushing over and over to make sure the gluten is stretchy. That’s not exactly a good technical, scientific explanation, but the dough will look and feel stretchy. After the dough rises to double it’s original size, punch it down and cut the dough in half. Play dough time...

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Where Do Easter Eggs Come From?

Where Do Easter Eggs Come From?

Eggs have been used to celebrate Easter for a very long time. There are a lot of reasons for using eggs to celebrate the day Jesus became alive again after he died. An egg has three sections, the outer shell, the white inside and the yellow center, but is one living thing like the Trinity. Some people use also plastic or empty eggs to show that Jesus’ grave was empty when he came back to life.

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Historic Meaning of Flowers

Historic Meaning of Flowers

Did you know …   Flowers used to contain symbolic meanings. For example, when a man sent a yellow tulip to a lady, she knew it meant he was hopelessly in love with her. Certain flowers had different meanings A secret admirer might send yellow chrysanthemums. Forget-me-nots were a reminder to always remember the one sending them. Pink carnations were a symbol of a mother’s undying love. Different colors of the same flower could mean different things. Red roses were for love while pink roses meant friendship or appreciation. Gardenias, yellow roses, and yellow carnations brought thoughts of joy or cheerfulness. Specific colors have meaning Even the color of flowers took on a specific meaning. A bouquet of purple flowers might celebrate success. Blue...

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Mother of the American Valentine

Did you know … In 1848, Esther Howland’s family owned a large book and stationery story in Worcester, Massachusetts. She asked her father to order lace paper and other supplies. She used paper flowers with the lace paper and colored paper to create beautiful designs for valentines. Her brother, a salesman, took a dozen sample valentines on his next sales trip. People loved the designs It shocked Esther when he returned with advance orders over $5,000. She recruited help from her friends to fill the orders in a kind of all-girl assembly line. Esther designed the cards. One lady cut pictures while another created the background. Someone else added more decorations. More cards ordered More orders came. Esther hired more assistants to help fill them. It...

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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Did you know …   Groundhog Day falls on February 2nd, the same day as Candlemas Day, a Christian holiday also called “Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.” Candlemas After Jesus was born, Mary waited forty days to present Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem, the time required by the Law of Moses in Leviticus 12. To remember Jesus’ presentation, for centuries Christians attended services where candles were lit and blessed on February 2nd. As this day is about halfway between the beginning of winter and the beginning of spring, folks began to search for signs of spring on this day. Germans watched for a badger to cast a shadow. If it did, there would be six more weeks of winter. Old English saying: If Candlemas be fair and...

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Family Portraits

Family Portraits

God gave us our families! Esther had Mordecai in her family. Mordecai was a big help to his niece, Esther. We have families to love us, protect us, and teach us. Who is in your family? Draw their pictures on this album page.

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An Old Christmas Tradition: Yule Logs

An Old Christmas Tradition: Yule Logs

Did you know … by Sandra Merville Hart The Vikings brought the practice of burning Yule Logs to England during the Dark Ages. Although it didn’t begin as a Christian tradition, it later took on a special meaning for Christians as part of a Christmas celebration for centuries. The family selects a huge log. Each family would cut down a tree early in the year to save for Christmas. They wanted a log large enough to burn for the twelve days of Christmas, which began on December 25th. The fireplaces were the main source of heat in those days and were large enough to hold the Yule Log. During the year, spices were often rubbed on the log so that the aroma would fill the home as it burned. As they applied the spices, it reminded them of the gifts of incense and...

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