My 10-yr old wishes you all a happy Easter from the Easter spider rabbit.
My children were complaining this week that the weekends should be longer. I slammed my fist on the table and said, “I shall make it so that this weekend is 4 days long!”
The kids stared at me in amazement. Then they stared at my husband who simply nodded in agreement.
I said, “Who decides?!”
They yelled, “Mamma decides!”
(Did I forget to mention that we have a 4-day Easter weekend anyway?)
It’s nice to have my own little kingdom at times. Especially when your subjects think you control the days. (Until they ask you why you make it winter so long.)
It’s that day again. The day that Easter witches come to my door asking for candy. The Swedish children dress up as witches on this day because Easter Thursday is the day that the witches fly to Blåkulla to dance with the devil, of course. Yep. very Easter-y. (Honestly, this is why I have so much trouble explaining the proper way to celebrate Halloween here).
Go ahead, Google it. Sweden is full of tiny witches trying to get your candy on Thursday. I’ve got mine ready by the door. My own little Easter witches are heading out this afternoon. I may not understand this tradition, but hey – free candy!
Sweden celebrates Easter Monday so we have another day off. I’m not sure why we celebrate, but I don’t complain about extra holidays.
Anyway, instead of a basket of eggs or candy, children (and lucky adults) receive paper eggs filled with candy for Easter. I just came across this article. Nice try undercover dentist, but it’s not going to work!
He’s just jealous ’cause no one bought him an egg.
Well, it’s Easter Thursday again here in Sweden, so I feel it is my duty to inform you once again this year that Sweden will be filled with little witches demanding candy and then flying off to their blue hill.
Yeah, I don’t get it either, but it equals candy, so yea!
On Thursdays, the children dress up as witches (though they look more like hags with scarves) and go trick-or-treating for candy in the evening. Normally they trade Easter cards they have made for candy, unless they are just greedy and lazy.
Then the legend has it that the witches fly off to Blåkulla, but my kids are usually too full of candy to do any flying. It’s more like stumbling to a blue bean bag to stuff their faces full of candy and pass out on a sugar high.
If you’re interested in the real story of how and why the Swedes celebrate this way, check here: http://somethingswedish.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/witches-in-sweden/
Today is Easter Thursday, Maundy Thursday, Holy Thursday, Thursday of Mysteries (I like that one!) and in Sweden – skärtorsdag.
In the U.S. there are church services which end with everything being covered in shrouds. In many European countries, all the bells are silent and there is silence in the church. In Malta, you visit seven churches. And in Sweden, “Young children often dress up as witches and knock on doors getting coins or candy for easter eggs.”
Which one of these doesn’t belong?
This is why Halloween doesn’t work well here. People confuse it with Easter.
Traditionally the witches fly off to their blue mountain on this night. Apparently they need to take lots of candy.
So while many kids in the U.S. will be attending silent, sad church services tonight, mine will be dressed up in scarves with freckles painted on their faces going around the building collecting candy. To my friends in the U.S. – better not let your children read this or they’ll all be immigrating.