03 Apr Psychological Article: Easter Candies and Gifts
Easter, symbolizing regeneration and rebirth, is one of the most joyous celebrations of the year. Many of us baby boomers have fun plans to visit friends and family after spiritual celebrations; and tulips, daffodils, Easter eggs and gifts are definitely an important part of Easter festivities. Mini muffins, brownie bars, cookies and chocolates seem like some of the essential delicious trappings that we baby boomers associate with this wondrous holiday, and they kids seem to never get enough milk chocolate wrapped bunny crisps and Easter marshmallow.
For some out of the ordinary Easter ideas, how about gifting a bunny bag that zips up from the back and is filled with Easter goodies, or preparing a fun, Easter Retro candy gift basket that offers boxes filled with all sorts of ‘nostalgic candies’ from our baby boomer younger years. And for the very creative, an alternative to traditional candy gifts can be a Chrysanthemum Eggling available from Chinaberry.com, which is a ceramic egg with chrysanthemum seeds that cracks open as a surprise. Or, “Personal Creations” is offering a gift item comprised of zippered eggs that have adorable pop out baby chicks which can be personalized with up to ten names carved on the eggs.
Another great idea for an out of the ordinary personalized gift that we baby boomers can give our loved ones can be tiny bunnies stuffed with candies and chocolates or any other items of our choosing. However, in the end, it may not come as any surprise that most adults and children prefer candy and chocolate. Psychological articles inform us that around ninety million chocolate Easter bunnies are sold every year and 82% Americans prefer chocolates and candies as Easter gifts, with more than 75% of children ready and willing to carry out some additional work in order to be rewarded with delicious Easter goodies.
Interesting, psychological articles inform us that the name Easter comes from Eastre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess representing hare and egg. In olden days most of the Easter gift baskets were designed in the shapes of nests, however, today all sorts of creative designs related to hare and egg are used for gift baskets and boxes.
And what should we do with left over Easter candies and chocolates? A great idea is to melt left over chocolates to make ganache. Simply add two table spoons of heavy cream into completely melted chocolates. Other ideas are to add slices or chips of strawberry, pineapple, and kiwi to make a delicious treat, or use left over Easter jelly beans to make jelly bean nests and jelly bean biscotti.
There is no end to the fun things all us baby boomers can do this Easter, and here are some suggestions for our friends in Great Britain. If you love art you can have fun at Courtauld Institute of Art, London, enjoying Guercino’s “Mind to paper” – a nice collection of mythical drawings, or visit Serpentine Gallery, London to appreciate the work of various great artists.
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