Spring Traditions

Gayle_signing photoThis post by Gayle M. Irwin

During the next few days, several special happenings occur, especially for those of the Christian faith. Today is Maundy Thursday, observance of the last Passover meal Jesus shared with his disciples. Tomorrow is Good Friday. Then comes Easter Sunday, which occurs this Sunday, April 16. Each day has its significance and usually traditions. For example, tonight many churches host a special service to commemorate Christ’s last supper with his disciples and so various congregations will “break the bread and drink the wine” in remembrance of that meal. On Friday, services are more solemn with respect to and in gratitude for Christ’s suffering and death on the cross. Then, on Sunday, a joyous service celebrates Jesus’ resurrection and the awesome life after death people can experience because of his atonement and power. Many Christian congregations sing “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,” written during the 1700s by Charles Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church.

Here’s a YouTube video of a contemporary version of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQDTZcJ_ntA

For a vast majority of people, Easter and spring mean bunny rabbits, colored eggs, new, colorful clothes, and a large meal. Whether Christian or not, this time of year is filled with traditions!

Here in the United States another tradition rolls around during spring, and it looms before us, arriving this year on Tuesday, April 18: income tax day (by the way, not a day I generally sing about!). A tradition in my household is to wait until the last minute to complete and send in the tax forms and what needs to be paid, that way my husband and I keep our money as long as possible (and we usually owe due to our respective businesses – a small business owner gets zapped by taxes, especially it seems, sole proprietorships like ours). So, guess what I’m doing this weekend?!

Other spring traditions include planting flowers and gardens, thorough house cleanings, and yard cleanups. Especially where I live, come April, we’re sick and tired of snow and cold and just want to spend time outside (maybe one reason I’m not so much into spring indoor housecleaning – I want to spend time outside!)

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Irwin cabin – June 2016: Still a few mounds of snow!

Which brings me to another springtime tradition in my neck of the woods: “opening up the cabin.” This is especially true for those who have water and electricity and may have shuttered windows for the winter; they go and hoist open the shutters, turn up the heat, and turn on the water. Greg and I don’t have to “open” our cabin – with no water or power to turn on/up and no buttoned-down windows, we simply “go.” April isn’t usually the month we can drive in (or even walk in) to our little cabin in the big woods – we usually still must ski/snowshoe in. And, with a dumping of snow just last week, it will likely be late May, perhaps even early June before we can drive into our forest haven. One year, we could drive all the way to the cabin in early May; that was also the year of a major fire around our place, so we’d rather still walk in, even with hills of snow hanging around, than to go through a scary summer fire season like that again.

Gayle_Cabin_Writing_smallerBut, I do love the tradition of first spring day at the cabin, and I look forward to this year’s “first walk-in” time! My little woodland sanctuary provides respite from the world around me, and rejuvenates my creativity. I wonder what ideas will sprout into stories at the cabin this year? I anticipate creative discoveries and inspired writings!

What are some of your spring traditions? What is it about spring that you most enjoy?

Happy Spring and Happy Easter!

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Gayle & Mary outsideGayle M. Irwin writes inspirational pet stories for children and adults. She is also a contributing writer to several Chicken Soup for the Soul books and writes articles for various magazines and newspapers. She is currently working on new books about pet rescue for both kids and adults. Learn more at www.gaylemirwin.com.

 

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13 Responses to Spring Traditions

  1. Neva Bodin says:

    Lots of good memories at your cabin site with our writers group. Love the peace and relative isolation of it. Makes up for the difficulty getting in during the early part of the year I think. You are so generous to share that inspirational place. I also love Easter and the excitement we feel at Christ’s rising. Always memories of wearing my first little hat with a veil on Easter as a young girl, wearing white for the first time all winter, new shoes, and Easter sunrise breakfast at church. Enjoyed your blog!

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    • I love that image, Neva!! I don’t remember much about Easter clothes as a child (likely because we didn’t do much different since we were poor), but as a young adult, purchasing my own clothing, I always bought myself a new dress — wore it first at Easter then it became my spring/summer dress. I love Easter services, and I love seeing the trees and flowers bud and bloom. And the temperatures rise and the sun shine… and yes, I love hosting the writers at my cabin. Simply put, I love spring and summer!! 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  2. Wranglers says:

    All of the above, except the cabin. I enjoy each season for different reasons. I get really excited over spring blossoms, especially apple and cherry trees. I love nature and animals. Your bunny is sooo cute. Cher’ley

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    • I enjoy each season, too, Cher’ley — although winter is wearing on me more and more each year that passes. I enjoy the first few snowfalls, but by January, I’m ready for spring! Guess that’s why I’d like to become a snowbird. I look forward to church services this weekend and to the coming weeks of more sun, more colorful flowers, and more warm temperatures. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  3. Doris says:

    Spring brings the flowers, which I love seeing and if time permits, photograph. Otherwise, because this is such a temperate climate, the seasons tend to flow into each other with changes showing gradually rather than dramatically. Of course there are always exceptions, but….

    Spring means I will be working even more than usual, which is fine. Gives me more to fill my coffers with, and not just coin. *smile* Doris

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    • Yes, Doris, I believe here in Wyoming our seasonal change is more drastic than your’s. I always enjoy visiting Colorado in early spring to experience the flowers blooming while our ground is either still white or a dingy brown. 🙂 I hope you enjoy a successful visitor season again this year and that you find some writing and photography time during this lovely time of the year. Thanks for the read and comments!

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  4. Mike Staton says:

    My friend Sharon recently showed me a creepy photo of a mall Easter bunny. It was back in the late 1970s. Sharon was in her early twenties and friends talked her into getting a photo done with Mr. Bunny. Kids were sitting on Mr. Bunny’s lap, so Sharon did the same. I think Mr. Bunny most definitely enjoyed the moment. As a kid, I only participated in one Easter Egg hunt, one put on by the Rialto Recreation Department. Back in the 1950s and early 1960s, Easter meant going to church and then unveiling of Easter baskets for my sister Jody and me. I admit… when I’m in a grocery store, I still can’t resist picking up some Easter candy. I now have a chocolate bunny and some chocolate caramel eggs waiting to settle in my belly as soon as I leave the office.

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    • wyoauthor1 says:

      Ah, the lovely and yummy Easter basket! I had forgotten about those. My mom and grandma Mardy would create an Easter basket for me, too, including a chocolate bunny. One time, when I was older (mid to late teens, I think) Dad bought me a BIG chocolate bunny … stipulation was, I had to share with him! LOL Thanks for reading and sharing your memories, Mike!

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  5. One thing I enjoy doing in spring and summer months is to write in my back yard. Today, it’s up to 80 degrees, and I’m doing just that. I can’t think of a better day to write about spring traditions.

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    • wyoauthor1 says:

      So glad you were able to do that, Abbie — I plan to do the same thing tomorrow and through the weekend as I can. It was mid-70 here today and even though it will cool down a bit, the sun is supposed to shine and it will be “springy.” LOVE IT!! Thanks for reading and commenting, and enjoy the springtime!

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  6. kathywaller says:

    I loved hunting Easter eggs, but was terribly disappointed when the grass was too wet for the Easter Bunny to hide the eggs outside. I remember its taking a lot of pat-pat-pats from my parents to get me through the initial shock, and I imagine the Bunny hoped for dry grass every year. Dyeing eggs was almost more fun than hunting. Wearing the dress with puffy organdy sleeves that scratched throughout church wasn’t. I waited till I was about thirty-five to mention to my mother that it scratched. The year I was nine, my mother made me a navy blue dress with a drop waist and gave me my grandmother’s watch. I felt very grown-up. I wore the watch for twenty-five years, until it simply would not go any more.

    I used to file my tax return at the last minute, but the last minute is when I do most things. Then I married an employee of the IRS, and he files at the first minute. (He wasn’t an auditor, I hasten to add.) It was a good feeling to just hand all the paperwork over and let someone else take care of it. When I was a teenager, I echoed what I’d heard about the terrible income tax. My mother said, “Never complain about income tax. Be glad you earn enough to pay it.” So I’ve never complained about the tax. About the filing–that’s a different matter.

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    • wyoauthor1 says:

      Kathy, what lovely childhood memories! Thanks for sharing. Our taxes are now done and ready to send out. 🙂 And, it’s been a lovely Easter with warm weather and sunny skies — spring has sprung in my neck of the woods! I have the urge to drive to the mountain and see how much snow still surrounds the cabin. 🙂

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  7. Hope you had a wonderful Easter, Gayle! I sadly don’t really have any spring traditions since seasons all blend together here in L.A. Although today I noticed the hills up where my mom lives were all bright yellow from the thousands of blooming flowers and it was quite lovely.

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