Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Happy April Fools' Day!

Have you ever wonder where April Fools' Day started from? Maybe this will help...
The origins of this custom are complex and a matter of much debate. It is likely a relic of the once common festivities held on the vernal equinox, which began on the 25th of March, old New Year's Day, and ended on the 2nd of April.

Europe may have derived its April-fooling from the French.[1] French and Dutch references from 1508 and 1539 respectively describe April Fools' Day jokes and the custom of making them on the first of April. France was one of the first nations to make January 1 officially New Year's Day (which was already celebrated by many), by decree of Charles IX. This was in 1564, even before the 1582 adoption of the Gregorian calendar (See Julian start of the year). Thus the New Year's gifts and visits of felicitation which had been the feature of the 1st of April became associated with the first day of January, and those who disliked or did not hear about the change were fair game for those wits who amused themselves by sending mock presents and paying calls of pretended ceremony on the 1st of April. In France the person fooled is known as poisson d'avril (April fish). This has been explained as arising from the fact that in April the sun quits the zodiacal sign of the fish. The French traditionally celebrated this holiday by placing dead fish on the backs of friends. Today, real fish have been replaced with sticky, fish-shaped paper cut-outs that children try to sneak onto the back of their friends' shirts. Candy shops and bakeries also offer fish-shaped sweets for the holiday.

Do you feel any wiser now? Lol, just thought you might want to know if you didn't already. Have a great day!

If you are wondering about the picture of Ben... I thought it was too cute not to share, so I just stuck it in with this post :)

Happy Easter

Sorry this is so late, but I just now had time to sit down to make this post. We hope that you all had a blessed Easter. Our family had a great Easter, from hanging out with the family to an awesome Easter service at church. How about the beautiful weather? This time last year it was snowing!!! Here are a few pictures of the Easter egg hunt out at Mamaw and Papaw's. Enjoy...