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Easter Holiday Reference Section

Even spring, millions of people around the country celebrate the holiday - Easter.  Although most people still honor Easter as a religious holiday, it has also become commercialized.  For instance, children love coloring eggs, parents buy bunnies, and of course, everyone gets chocolate. 

Easter is celebrated every first Sunday following the full moon, which usually occurs on or shortly thereafter March 21 although it could be well into the month of April.  This holiday often goes with the Passover, a Jewish holiday that lasts for eight days to honor the freedom and escape of the Jewish people from Egyptian slavery.


History of Easter 

Every Spring, millions of people around the country celebrate the holiday – Easter.  Although most people still honor Easter as a religious holiday, it has also become commercialized.  For instance, children love coloring eggs, parents buy bunnies, and of course, everyone gets chocolate. 

Easter is in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God who was crucified on the cross.  Easter starts the week before with what is called Palm Sunday, a day when Jesus rode a donkey into the town of Jerusalem with people placing palm leaves on the path.  Then, the Friday before Easter is known as Good Friday to remember the death of Christ. 

Easter is celebrated every first Sunday following the full moon, which usually occurs on or shortly thereafter March 21 although it could be well into the month of April.  This holiday often goes with the Passover, a Jewish holiday that lasts for eight days to honor the freedom and escape of the Jewish people from Egyptian slavery.  Read More...


Creating the Perfect Easter Basket

If you have children, then you need to be prepared to create an Easter basket.  One of the biggest challenges is choosing the right items for the basket.  After all, chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies are the most popular food items but not necessarily the healthiest.  Of course, every Easter basket needs to have some chocolate but we wanted to give you some options on how to create a basket that balances out the calories with healthy items. 

For starters, your child’s Easter basket does not have to be filled with only food.  For instance, if your children are younger, consider adding a coloring book and new box of Crayons.  For teenagers, you could throw in movie coupons, a picture frame, or something similar that is less than $10.  Of course, just consider the age and interest of the child, choosing items accordingly. Read More...


The Story of the Easter Bunny

We all know about the Easter bunny but have you ever wondered how that all came about?  The truth is that the Easter bunny has a long and interesting history, with its origin coming from pre-Christian fertility lore.  Of course, the bunny (hare or rabbit) is known for its fertility and easy breeding habits.  Therefore, it would make sense that the bunny would become representative of Easter, which occurs in the spring, a time of new life. 

Originating in Germany, the Easter bunny was first found in 16th century writings.  Then, the first edible Easter bunnies also came from Germany in the late 19th century.  Although today chocolate is the favorite bunny, they were first made from sugar and pastry, still a delicious treat.  Remember, Easter bunnies are also made from marshmallow, carob, rice cereal treats, and more. Read More...


History of Easter Eggs 

Okay, we all love Easter eggs, whether a child or adult.  Some families still use hardboiled and colored eggs while others choose chocolate Easter eggs.  Today, it is customary for adults to hide Easter eggs for the big hunt, followed by children carrying baskets around, trying to gather as many eggs as they can possibly find.  However, while the Easter egg hunt is fun and the eggs delicious to eat, you might be surprised by the history. 

Easter comes from several words associated with new birth or a new growing season, being spring.  In addition, the Easter bunny has long been a symbol of fertility.  As far as the Easter egg, ancient Phoenicians, Persians, Hindus, and Egyptians thought the world itself was originally a huge egg.  For this reason, the egg soon became the symbol of rebirth and life. Read More...


The Meaning of Easter Lilies 

Many holidays are associated with flowers.  For instance, Valentine’s Day is when the sale of red roses skyrockets.  For Easter, the Easter Lily is the flower of choice, which is beautiful, offers a wonderful fragrance, and has a long history.  In fact, Lilies have been the inspiration for artists, storytellers, and poets for thousands of years. 

Dating back in time to around 1580 BC, pictures, and drawings of Lilies are found in Egyptian tombs, on Cretan walls, and in Assyrian carvings.  In addition, the Lily was a huge part of Greek mythology.  Legend of Greek mythology tells us that this particular flower was actually grown from drops of milk that came from the breasts of the Greek goddess, Hera.  For this reason, brides with a Greek heritage or those being married in Greece often wear a crown of Lilies, a representation of abundance and purity. Read More...


Interesting Facts about Easter Candy 

When most people think of Easter candy, they think of chocolate.  From chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, and chocolate candy bars wrapped with Easter design paper, chocolate is a huge part of this holiday.  However, Easter is a holiday that involves many types of candy, not all of them being made from chocolate.  In this article, we wanted to provide you with some fascinating information specific to Easter candy.  Easter is the second most candy-consuming holiday in the United States, so you will find these facts intriguing. 

      In 2001, Americans consumed more than seven billion pounds of candy.  Although this included holidays in addition to Easter, remember that this springtime holiday is shrouded by the consumption of candy. Read More...

Other Gift Idea Tools


Chinese Zodiac Chart - Select a gift according to the Chinese Zodiac based on the year they were born. Year of the Dragon, etc.


Standard Zodiac Gemstone Chart - Select a stone carving or jewelry based on the standard Zodiac Gemstone chart.

Birthstone Chart - The old standby, traditional and modern birthstones.

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Priced from $24.95 to $64.95


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Priced from $5.95 to $27.95


Tetsubin Teapots - All of our Tetsubin teapots are handcrafted and imported from Japan. Each pot is lined with a baked enamel finish to provide years of use. A stainless steel mesh infuser filter is included with each teapot. Each pot comes in a sturdy box, ready to giftwrap.

Priced from $40.00 to $70.00


Yixing Teapots - The tiny air pockets in the fired clay provide insulation and enrich the aroma and taste of the tea. With continued use the yixing tea pot will absorb the flavor of the tea… again enhancing the aroma and taste. Yixing tea pots date back to the Sung Dynasty. Each piece is individually handcrafted in China.

Priced from $22.95 to $56.95


Tea Cups - Beautiful handcrafted tea cups imported from Japan and China in a wide variety of designs.

Priced from $9.95 to $22.95


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Japanese Sushi Sets - Add an Asian flare to you next dinner of Sushi or Chinese food. These complete sets include everything you need. Plates, Sauce Dishes, and Chopsticks

Sushi for 2 from $26.95 to $54.95


Japanese Sake Sets - The finest traditional glazes are used to create these sake sets that are as much art as they are functional.

Priced from $19.95 to $71.95


Our Jewelry is imported from Thailand, Bali, Japan, and China. Each piece is individually hand selected for it's quality and uniqueness. We purchase directly from the workshops that create these fine pieces to offer you prices that can't be beat.

Prices range from $9.95 to $199.95






Earrings - Choose from Amber, Amethyst, Onyx, Jade, and more. Each pair of earrings is handcrafted by artists in Thailand, China, and Bali, Indonesia.

Necklaces - Whether you are looking for an elegant piece to wear to the opera or something to add some color for a trip to the mall, we have something for you. Silver, Amber, Jade, and more can be found in our Necklace section.

Pendants - If you have the chain, we have the pendant. We offer an unique assortment of rare and usual stones, hand crafted and mounted in Sterling Silver. Our selection comes from Bali, Indonesia, China, and India.

Bracelets - Our selection includes Cinnabar, Jade, Amber and more. Bangles in Lacquer, Cinnabar, and Jade. Sterling Silver with Amber, Amethyst, and more.

Jewelry Boxes - Inside Painted and Silk boxes from China, Gemstone boxes from India, Lacquer boxes from Vietnam, and much more.

 

Dragon & Phoenix ~ Silk Embroidery
Silk Embroidery
Gold Leaf Painted ~ 10 Inch Turnip Vase
Gold Leaf Lacquer
Pair of 10 Inch Closionne Vases
Cloisonne
Pair of Brass Foo Dogs
Brass & Bronze
Inside Painted Boxes

 

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