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Striking a Balance – Birthdays and Easter Eggs

Susan Swan's weekly column of community news and events in Clinton.

90th Birthday Celebration

Family and friends of Alice Crosson attended a party to honour her 90th birthday on Saturday, March 30.

Alice showed off her gift from her family, an electric scooter, dubbed ‘Alibug’ to make travelling around a little easier for the active senior.

There was dancing and visiting and eating goodies to keep everyone occupied. The Mill Girl Follies also entertained and quipped that if they had started the troupe 10 years earlier Alice would likely have been in there dancing with them.

Mother Marries Son!

Prior to her birthday celebration, Alice Crosson, a BC licensed Marriage Commissioner, performed a marriage ceremony for her son, David and (his now wife) Gerri. Alice can’t begin to guess at the number of marriages she has performed over the years but says this one is her last. At 90 years of age she feels it is up to someone younger to carry on.

Easter Breakfast

The churches of Clinton invited everyone to an Easter Breakfast in the Clinton Memorial Hall on Sunday, March 31. Following a plentiful breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages and ham there were musical numbers and a short worship service to celebrate the Resurrection.

Easter Egg Hunt

The Clinton Recreation Commission led by Sandi Burrage organized and hosted an Easter Egg Hunt in Reg Conn Centennial Park on Easter Sunday afternoon.

There was a terrific turnout with lots of little ones hunting for eggs and getting prizes. The warm sunny weather made it even more inviting for everyone to get outdoors.

History of the Easter Egg

But have you ever asked yourself what eggs have to do with Easter?

Wikipedia explains it as follows: “Eggs, in general, were a traditional symbol of fertility, and rebirth. In Christianity, they symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus: though an egg appears to be like the stone of a tomb, a bird hatches from it with life; similarly, the Easter egg, for Christians, is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave, and that those who believe will also experience eternal life.”

The practice of decorating eggshell pre-dates Christian traditions. Decorated ostrich eggs, and representations of ostrich eggs in gold and silver, were commonly placed in graves of the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians as early as 5,000 years ago.

The early Christians of Mesopotamia stained eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ. The Christian Church officially adopted the custom, regarding the eggs as a symbol of the resurrection; in A.D. 1610, Pope Paul V proclaimed the following prayer:

“Bless, O Lord! We beseech thee, this thy creature of eggs, that it may become a wholesome sustenance to thy faithful servants, eating it in thankfulness to thee on account of the resurrection of the Lord.”

Although the tradition is to use dyed or painted chicken eggs, a modern custom is to substitute chocolate eggs, or candy.

The eating of sweets and chocolate is often seen as an ending of the Lenton season during which the eating of such things is often given up or avoided.

I hope everyone had a happy Easter.

Elegant Dessert Party

The next 150/50 Anniversary event is the Elegant Dessert Party on Sunday, April 14. This is being put on by the Clinton Health Care Auxiliary and promises to be a fun event for all.

In addition to the large assortment of delicious desserts available the entertainment will keep everyone in stitches.

Tickets are available from Health Care Auxiliary members or by dropping by Country Squire Gift Shop.

Susan Swan

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