June 30th, 2013 by Sally
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Independence Day is an important celebration in the United States. It is a reminder that people came to America, a wilderness land, to escape religious persecution and a general tyranny of control over their lives. They came from Europe, and started a new life where they could live free to worship their God as they saw fit, and to be able to keep the fruits of their labor, without unreasonable taxation.
Fenton Independence Day Pony Figurine
As time went on, the King decided he would add duties or taxes to products imported from Europe and other countries. This triggered a protest called the Boston Tea Party, where Tea on ships in the Boston Harbor was dumped into the sea.
In order to get out from under taxation and control from England, the colonists wrote and signed the Declaration of Independence, resulting in the Revolutionary War and our Freedom and Independence from England. This is what we celebrate on the 4th of July. It isn’t just a long for parties, camping, boating etc.
Red, White and Blue are the symbolic colors of our country, as used in our flag. Objects made in those colors are reminders of patriotism, and can be enjoyed year round.
A collection of Patriotic Symbols would make a beautiful collection for the entire family.
March 22nd, 2013 by Sally
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Easter is another of those fun times for children. Over the last 20 years, I’ve watched Richard’s side of the family do something different than my family did. After church, everyone comes for dinner and brings plastic eggs filled with goodies and little trinkets. After a marvelous dinner, the older kids go hide those eggs.
Easter Treasures - Old and New
Finally, the little ones are turned loose with a Basket or bag to fetch the eggs “hidden” by the Easter Rabbit in the most obvious of places, so even the toddlers can find them easily. It’s great fun to watch the delight as each one is discovered on top of tree stump, in the open beside the fence, or laying on top of the root cellar door.
I have often thought this would be a fun thing to do at a Senior Citizens Assisted Living Center for the elderly. Even those is a wheelchair could enjoy hunting for Eggs, Chicks, Rabbits, or even Religious objects which they could keep treasure.
While all this activity is a special treat for youngsters, it is also important that they know the true reason for Easter. The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Wishing you a joyous Easter!
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