Weekly Blog April 1st, 2018: Happy Easter/April Fool’s Day (For Real This Time)

Hello Internet!

I hope you had a wonderful week and I hope you actually got some decent weather. This week, where I live, we got nothing but rain, rain, and more rain. I think the Sun has gone into hiding for the last week of March. Maybe we’ll see it again in May. Here on the website we had a fantastic Weekly Blog published last Sunday all about Taxes which you guys and gals really seemed to enjoy. If you did not read it, make sure you give it a look. It’s not about the tax system or brackets or whether or not taxation is theft. It’s mostly about how many adults like myself don’t know anything about taxes or interest rates or loans because we learned about The Pythagorean Theorem instead. Don’t worry, it has a comical tone to it.

More importantly, this week we reached another milestone as a community as we reached TWO HUNDRED pieces published on the website!! I’m so excited to share this milestone with all of you! I have a Bulletin Board post coming out tomorrow all about it, so I don’t want to go on for too long here, but just know that I’ve really enjoyed the journey of 15 months that it took to get here and I am so thankful for all of your support along the way. All of you make my day with your views, likes, and comments. It seriously means so much to me. Thank you. Go check it out if you haven’t read it. I think it’s really good and I would love to see it get your love. Again, all your support means the world to me and I can’t wait to see what the next milestone will be. From my “guestimations”, piece 300 should be published right around the two year mark here on the website, so that will be a great celebration. I can’t wait to see how far we’ll go as a community here and I’d love for us to double or even triple the number followers we have by the start of 2019. That would be incredible! Anyway, go check it out if you haven’t already, but that’s enough reminiscing about that. Time to move on to today’s subject.

Now today’s Weekly Blog is going to be a little short today. For one I already posted one Weekly Blog today which was a bit of a joke (it is April Fool’s Day after all) and it is also Easter Sunday. Now whether or not you celebrate today as a holy, very religious holiday or just as a celebration of spring and as a day with the family, today is a special day for a lot of people. Some people don’t celebrate it at all, but plenty of people celebrate it in some sort of fashion. Whether its going to Church when you usually don’t go (I’m included in that) or taking in part in an Easter Egg Hunt, people love to celebrate this day. Compared to a day like Christmas or even The 4th of July (at least here in the US), Easter isn’t really anyone’s favorite holiday. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of people who get really into Easter. Especially Christian people who celebrate Easter. I mean this is the anniversary of the three day span where Jesus Christ died for the world’s sins, defeated death, and then was resurrected. That’s a huge deal and is the the center of most if not all of the Christian doctrine. And still with all of that going for it, it still loses out to Christmas in both the religious world and the materialistic world.

That being said, just because I prefer Christmas over Easter, that doesn’t mean I don’t like Easter. Easter is probably in my top 10 favorite holidays…just not like top 5. Again I feel like everything Easter does, Christmas just does better. Not that it’s a competition or anything, but Christmas is just the best. Really the biggest thing going for Easter over Christmas is that it’s held in the Spring which is supposed to mean warmer, Spring weather. Except that depending on where you live, you are more likely to have snow on the ground for Easter than Christmas. I’ve spent many Easter’s bundled up in winter clothes instead of spring-time outer wear. I can’t think of a specific time off the top of my head, but I’m sure there’s been some time where we had snow on the ground for Easter or just had snow not that long ago. Then all you have to do is put un-dyed eggs out in the snow and let kids find them. Speaking of which, do people really hide dyed eggs? Like painted hard boiled eggs? That’s just strange. I understand all the symbolism around the Easter Egg. Eggs represent life/rebirth and also it symbolizes the empty tomb where Jesus was buried. But that’s what plastic Easter Eggs are for. As a child you go out and pick up brightly colored, plastic eggs filled with candy (or sometimes small toys or money). What kid wants to go around and pick up hard boiled eggs? Can you imagine if you don’t find all the eggs? Those things are going to get rotten real fast. Anyway, I think we just stick with the plastic eggs and call it a day.

Honestly I always did like Easter Egg hunts and that aspect of Easter. I loved participating in them when I was a kid. You were just unleashed upon a field or large grassy area filled with plastic eggs as far as your little eyes could see. All of them filled with candy. What’s better than that? Plus it’s almost like you’re earning the candy by seeking it out and picking it up. I swear if Aliens are studying us and looking at Easter Egg Hunts, they probably think it’s some sort of barbaric tradition where we simulate the hunt for our youth. Humans have become some privileged and so quaint that we simulate the thrill of hunting with pastel colored eggs filled with sugar-filled desserts. And we do this to please some god or goddess of rebirth and fertility. Ok that part really isn’t true, but the Aliens don’t know that! Anyway, Easter Egg hunts are also super fun as adults. For one you get to hide the Easter Eggs. If you’ve ever set up an Easter Egg hunt, you know that some eggs get tossed out in the open and put in really obvious spots. These eggs are for the little children and are usually filled with the mundane candy treat or chocolate bar. Then you get to move up to the special prize eggs. Sometimes these eggs unlike door prizes or just have the special candy in them. These eggs you get to find the best hiding places for. Maybe they are hidden in bushes, up in trees barely in reach, or buried in the ground. Wherever they are hidden, you get to see children of all ages trying to hunt these things down and spend the entire time completely lost on how to get them. It’s great. Couple that with the rush when you see a horde of small children unleashed on a field of pastel eggs, and you create a wonderful holiday. Maybe I’m wrong about you Easter. Maybe you should be a top 5 holiday. Still not as great as Christmas though.

Ok that’s enough about Easter, but I want to give a quick shout out to April Fool’s Day. Today is both Easter and April Fool’s Day which is just crazy. The last time this happened was 1956 (which was a fact I had to look up…thanks Newsweek). Now I was never a huge fan of April Fool’s Day. It is definitely not in the top 10 of favorite holidays. I never played pranks on people and I never got pranked so I was indifferent to the whole holiday. One thing I like about modern April Fool’s Day is all the stuff that companies come up with. Google especially. Now sometimes these obviously not real pranks come off as stupid or just bad attempts at Brands and Companies to be cool, but when it’s done right, I really enjoy it. I mean Pokemon Go started as an April Fool’s Joke from Google and now it’s made Niantic and Nintendo billions of dollars, so don’t doubt the power of a good, April Fool’s Joke. Anyway I’m sure many of those pranks are going on right now, but right now as I write this (a day in the past), I’m sitting here wondering what kind of awesome pranks are right around the corner.

Ok that’s enough about Easter and April Fool’s Day. I hope you have a wonderful day no matter which holiday you are celebrating more. If you liked this Weekly Blog, feel free to give it a like or leave a comment down below. Tell me about your favorite Easter memory or favorite April Fool’s prank you either had done to you or you did to someone else. I’d love to hear from you. Also please do me a favor and check out the 200th piece that was released on Friday. I worked real hard on it and it would mean a ton to me if you gave it some love. It really means a lot to me that I can share this milestone with you and I can’t wait to see where we go from here.

Have a wonderful holiday and fantastic week.



Header Image Credit to Van Eerden and their Easter Meals

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