Many rituals and traditions are associated with the celebration of Easter. Whether it is an Easter egg hunt, decoration of eggs, a church service, or a family meal most of us part-take in activities that mark the event as a time for reflection, celebration, and above all engagement with family. Family rituals are important and provide an identity or norm for the members that are often passed down by generation.

Easter can fall on one of 35 different days between late March and late April every year dependent on the cycle of the moon-but always on a Sunday. During Lent that begins on Ash Wednesday and follows for 40 days not including Sundays, Christians prepare for Easter with prayer, repentance, and mourning. On Easter Sunday a celebration of Spring, newness, purity, and joy surrounds the resurrection of Jesus Christ and is represented through an abundance of glorious flowers.

Decorating your Home for Easter

Flowers always symbolize emotions. Easter is a joyful time of new beginnings and re-birth. After the dryness of winter, the flowers bloom and the air is lighter with more sun prevalent. The Easter Lily is associated with the resurrection of Christ and is mentioned throughout the bible. Some say that the white lily sprang up in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus wept after his betrayal by Judas. Another legend is that white lilies appeared after Eve left the Garden of Eden. The Easter lily symbolizes the purity of Jesus when he died on the cross.

Although the Easter Lily is the most common flower to give at Easter many other Spring blooms are popular. The daffodil is often connected with Easter to symbolize re-birth, a new season, and hope. Baskets of daffodils are used in centerpieces and baskets during the holiday to bring good fortune. Never use just one-bad luck will follow!

Coloring Easter eggs can be a fun event for all ages. Use crayons to mark eggs before dyeing, use stickers, and glitter. Have you ever used chalk board paint to color eggs? Hand paint your family/guest initials on an egg instead of dyeing to place on the table as a place card. Add dyed eggs to the bottom of a vase topped with Lilacs. When was the last time you hunted Easter eggs?

Why do we have Easter Baskets?

Baskets were originally created to supply a nest for the Easter bunny to leave eggs for the children in the early morning hours of Easter. Sending the right basket or arrangement for Easter is a way of sharing the joy of the holiday with friends and family. Easter floral arrangements are a very thoughtful, eco-friendly, personal, meaningful, and beautiful way to decorate your home that symbolizes renewal and happiness. Children enjoy baskets adorned with chocolates, stuffed bunnies, chicks, and Peeps! Make it creative and add something each family will love! All ages love to get Easter baskets. Why not use the baskets to adorn the home?

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What do you love about Easter?

To us Easter is about family. Family can be traditional, close friends, and often those you work with every day. Our maids are family. We Clean 4 You was created to help our maid family make a living, and to help the community have more time with their family. The great gift of Easter is HOPE


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