Easter might be my favorite holiday. I love watching the kids discover their colorful baskets, I love the powerful church service (I always cry), I love the Paschal Sunday dinner with the family, I love the freshly baked breads like Italian Easter bread or Kulich, I love hiding the bright plastic shells for the kiddos to have their annual egg hunt, and I love decorating Easter eggs.
I prefer just the regular dyed variety, but my girls love getting the different kits they sell: glitter, tie-dye, and the ones that come with the different character stickers and such. I dyed Easter eggs as an adult long before I had children of my own to do it with, because I love it so much.
I typically do mine just a day or two before Resurrection Sunday, and then I keep them in the fridge to snack on. There’s something kind of fun about opening the fridge and seeing all the brightly colored eggs in there, waiting to be eaten. For me, this is one craft that will never get old, and I’m sure I’ll be doing it just for my own amusement even when I’m old and wrinkled.
While making Easter eggs in the US is seen as just a fun kids’ activity, its roots are deeply religious, and in some parts of the world it still has rich symbolic significance.
Did you know that the lowly egg in and of itself had religious connotations long before Christianity?
Ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians, Phoenicians, Sumerians, Hindus, and others all had creation myths that held that the world came forth out of a giant ovum. Both the Egyptians and Sumerians frequently placed gold and silver representations in their tombs. Archeologists have even found engraved ostrich eggs throughout Africa that date back 60,000 years.
This evidence tells us that decorating eggshells was an ancient tradition for a long time before the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ. After the advent of Christianity as a religion, the egg became a symbol for the early church, as a physical representation of all that the Paschal season signifies.
The shell of the egg represents the tomb while the inside represents the possibility for new life – both in reality, when a baby chick is born, and figuratively, as a sign of the new life believers in Christianity seek.
In short, the egg has possibly the strongest religious connotation of any of the items we traditionally associate with Paschal Sunday. If you’re like the vast majority of Christians, you will have at least a dozen or so hardboiled babies that are decked out in their finest come Easter morning. You may find yourself wondering how you will ever be able to eat all of those leftovers.
Now, I don’t have too many worries about them ever going bad in my home, because every member of our family will eat plain hardboiled eggs with a little salt for a yummy, protein-packed snack. Not everyone loves them that way, though.
Of course, sliced hardboiled egg is always delicious on top of a salad.
And, if you take a look at my article on the traditional foods of Easter, you’ll find some other great advice!
For some more inspiration, I have a few other recipe ideas for you to choose from. I hope this helps with any leftover predicaments that you may experience! For more on the nutritional content of eggs and the variety of different colored shells that can occur naturally, check out this post.
About Ashley Martell
Ashley has enjoyed creative writing since she was six years old, when she wrote her first short story. She majored in English literature at the University of Montevallo. After years of professional work, she is now a stay-at-home mom of three, who uses her craft to write about her life and adventures in and out of the kitchen.