We wish you all a happy and enjoyable Happy Easter !
… and just so that you know who is coming by tomorrow to sweeten up your day, we found a classic by Gerhard Polt for you. Enjoy!
One more week, and we will celebrate Easter!
Growing up, I remember Easter and my birthday (since it is in March) being the most welcome indicators for spring’s arrival.
We often celebrated my birthday in Italy and while Munich at that time was often still covered in snow and sported temperatures near zero degrees Celsius, I could see that winter was in retreat as soon as we had crossed the Brenner and we were leaving the alps behind us descending into the valley of the Veneto region. Our final destination was Verona, where much warmer temperatures and sun welcomed us.
How I loved this trip every year! I think I came back home to Munich another person knowing that springtime will soon have a triumphant return here as well.
All I Need For Easter is….
Easter egg hunting was always fun, but eating all these delicious chocolates was the best! I have to admit, I do miss those since living here in California; even though Easter egg hunting itself has become much more exciting. We as parents can actually go wild playing Easter bunny now in the garden or a park finding the perfect hiding places in nature versus the living room… California weather is just perfect, isn’t it?
While I do send urgent requests to Germany each year to ship me my favorite Easter egg candies like liquid filled ‘Dragee Eier’ or Lindt & Sprüngli Cognac & Eierlikör eggs – hmm! – one can actually find some familiar Easter chocolate egg choices at places like Worldmarket or even at Amazon!
Should you be short on some German Easter chocolate egg options, these are some you may still have shipped to you perhaps on time…
I realize for some of these goodies, it might be too late, but hey, I don’t discriminate… I’ll eat Eierlikör chocolate eggs year-round 🙂
Apparently every fourth German loves to look for Easter eggs according to a survey (Süddeutsche Zeitung) . Be part of it! 🙂
MY EASTER TRADITION
Back in the days when I was a little kid and living in Germany, Easter was one of my favorite holidays. I loved believing in the Easter bunny, which would come out early in the morning to hide eggs, candy, and toys all around the house and backyard.
My family’s tradition consisted of going to church in the morning, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Once the service was over I remember how excited I usually became, knowing there were lots of surprises waiting at home for my sister and I. My mother was usually the one hiding all the Easter goodies the night before, but when I was little I truly believed that the Easter bunny was doing all the hard work.
At a certain age I knew that my parents were the ones behind everything, but I still didn’t mind hunting for toys and candy. It was such a blast, especially since we had a three story home with a small yard, so there were lots of hiding spots. Once all the surprises were collected, us kids usually inspected everything and tested the new toys.
After the first excitement of the hunt eventually subsided, it was time for brunch. For that, we usually had a big family gathering either at a hotel or restaurant, where a buffet was offered. It was the perfect solution and suited everybody’s taste. Also, since we were a group of about ten people, none of our family members had to stand in the kitchen for hours. My family is actually still holding up that tradition, just nowadays without me since I moved to the United States.
Since I have been living in America, I have been celebrating Easter, if at all, very differently. My first Easter in the states was back in 2012, when I was living with a family that had two young children.
One year, I remember I prepared Easter baskets for them that were filled with chocolates and small toys. I left them on the kitchen table with a note, wishing them a Happy Easter while they were out and about. The next year, I went to a family gathering with them, but it was still not the same as back in my childhood days.
The following years, I wasn’t celebrating the Holiday at all, and if I wouldn’t have seen it marked in my calendar, I would have had no idea what date Easter was that year. It just felt different for me over here, I can’t really explain why, but I didn’t have such a connection as I had back in Europe growing up.
Last year marked the first time in a while where I had an Easter experience somewhat similar to my childhood days. You can describe it as the adult version of what the tradition for us kids looked like. My now-roommate was house sitting at a beautiful home, fully equipped with a pool and hot tub.
Since she introduced a brunch tradition to her friends many years ago, she extended the invite to me, and I was more than happy to accept since I missed the family Easter brunch gatherings.
It was a beautiful Sunday, the sun was shining, and my roommates’ friends and I started arriving at the location one after another. Entering the house, I could already smell eggs, bacon (that was the time I was still eating meat), and pancakes.
We gathered around the backyard, some people hanging out in a hammock, others in the hot tub, pool, and benches all around, while the two dogs of the homeowners kept roaming around us.
We had a great time talking, eating, and enjoying the sun together until it was time for the annual beer hunt. Yes, my roommate upgraded the traditional egg hunt to a fun-filled beer hunt, where all of us participants received a beer carton and had to find as many beers as would fit into it.
All the while knowing how clumsy I am, especially when it comes to handling fragile items such as glass, I entered this content with caution, but finished with no further incidents.
After all beer bottles were found, all participants sat back outside with their precious findings, looking forward to indulge into the liquid goodies. I was sitting in the sun, sipping on my drink when I decided it was getting too hot and wanted to move into the shade, of course not without my cargo.
What I did not consider was that my beer carton, which was soaked up on the bottom with water from the pool, had become a little fragile. I lifted it up, not supporting the bottom with my hands, and sure enough, it made a quick rip and all remaining bottles smashed on the concrete ground.
Everyone was staring very surprised and quietly at the mess I just had created, until some of us were able to digest the shock a little and got up to clean up the glass. Oh well, since I am not a big drinker anyways I wasn’t too upset I wasn’t able to drink more, but I did feel very bad about the broken glass all over the floor.
My roommate did invite me again to this year’s Easter brunch/ beer hunt, but luckily I will be up in LA this time, hopefully not breaking anything. However all of you who are celebrating or not celebrating the Holiday, I wish you a very Happy Easter!
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Die Gelehrten und die Pfaffen
streiten sich mit viel Geschrei,
was hat Gott zuerst erschaffen
wohl die Henne, wohl das Ei!
Wäre das so schwer zu lösen
erstlich ward ein Ei erdacht,
doch weil noch kein Huhn gewesen
darum hat´s der Has` gebracht!
Eduard Mörike (1804-1875)
CaliforniaGermans wünscht Frohe Ostern!
Viel zu stark ist der Verkehr,
drum gibt es keine Hasen mehr.
Doch einer von den vielen Hasen
hat überlebt das Autorasen.
Der Osterhase, der hatte Glück,
er schleicht zu seinem Feld zurück.
Er kreuzt die Straße müd und matt,
ein Auto kommt, nun ist er platt.
Am Rande steht ein Hahn mit Huhn.
Der Hahn drauf sprach: „ Was ist zu tun?
Ab heute bringst du zur Osterfeier,
als Osterhuhn, die Ostereier! “
Die Kinder auf der Straße singen:
„Wer Eier legt, darf sie auch bringen!“
© Dieter Kermas
Dieter Kermas, CaliforniaGermans Guest Author and a true Berliner, turned to writing after he retired from his profession as an engineer. Family and friends urged him to document his many experiences during his childhood in wartime Germany. This made for a collection of various essays which have been published here at CaliforniaGermans. Apart from his childhood memories he is also sharing some of his short stories and poems on CaliforniaGermans. Dieter Kermas, who loves to write, is currently working on his first novel. Some of his work has been included in anthologies.
To get in touch with Dieter Kermas, please send an email with subject line “Dieter Kermas” to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Minute Osterbrot & Co. –
Easter Sweet Bread: http://mybestgermanrecipes.com/easter-sweet-bread-wreath/
Easter Traditions – http://californiagermans.com/2012/04/08/happy-easter-2/
When I was a child, Easter used to be not only a religious holiday but also the holiday that rang in springtime, finally. After all that cold weather and snow, the time around Easter reminded us that winter was not here to stay for good after all. Looking out into our garden I felt happiness and excitement seeing all the different little color spots of flowers stubbornly pushing their way through a tough soil that was still hard from a long winter time. Yellow and purple ‘Krokus’ (crocus), together with ‘Schneegloeckchen’ (snowdrop flower) and yellow ‘Narcissen’ (Daffodils), that even carried so rightfully the other name “Osterglocke” (Easterbell). Among the sparse young fresh grass peeking out here and there, these delightful little color dots were a refreshing sight, and offered the perfect back drop for a fun Easter egg hunt early on Easter Sunday morning.
Leading up to Easter it is tradition in Germany to create your own variety of Easter eggs and decorate a bunch of ‘Palmkaetzchen’ branches (branches of pussy willow) with these as ornaments. After an early morning egg hunt, Easter Sunday often started out with a church visit where, especially in Southern Germany, a sampler of the foods , later enjoyed during the Easter Sunday breakfast, got blessed by the priest during mass. In the evening the family gathered for the “Osterbraten” , which at my home traditionally was the roast of a lamb shank with delicious deserts to follow.
A beloved specialty during Easter is by the way the Easter bread, called ‘Osterstriezel’ or ‘Osterfladen’ – depending on where one lives, in the north or south of Germany. Should you like to try baking one, here is a recipe:
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