Yes…It’s an April Fools Easter
While Easter is not as early as it can be this year, it does fall on the First of April. I was curious as to how the date for Easter is decided and finally looked it up— In the year 325 AD (or CE) the Council of Nicaea decided that Easter would fall on the first Sunday following the first full Moon after the Vernal Equinox (on or about March 21st). However, Easter is delayed by one week if the full moon falls on a Sunday in order to decrease the possibility that it might fall on the Jewish Passover. Not quite so confusing once you know?
I was also curious as to when the last time Easter Sunday fell on April 1st or April’s Fools Day. I knew I didn’t ever remember it doing so. Not so surprising since the last occurrence seems to have been in 1956, though before that it was only eleven years as it occurred in 1945 (also in 1934 and 1923). The math is tricky, no doubt, and I am beholden to those who post charts of such information on the internet. And in case you are wondering, though the tradition of April Fools Day can be dated back to the 1700s and in one form or another shows up in diverse countries and cultures, there doesn’t seem to be any established reason for the date or the activities surrounding it.
I’ve never been much inclined to participate in the April Fools hilarity. I’m just not good at the whole practical joke thing. However, I have a daughter, now in her thirties and a mother herself, who still likes to tell about the April Fools joke she perpetrated on me when she was about five years old. We lived in Wisconsin at the time, so the idea of spring in April really was a joke very often. My daughter went outside, carefully scooped a pile of snow into a substantial snow ball—dropped it into one of my winter boots that sat on the porch and waited to see how I would react. Well, when I put my foot into my boot, it was no loner snow, having melted and soaked the lining. Cold and wet are always funny, right. She thought so, though she was confused as to how her nice snowball had become a puddle in my boot. Anyway, that’s my only April Fools story 🙂
Plushie Sale & Our APRILFOOLS
Since Easter is coming in just a few short weeks and Gaia has so many cute plushies and stuffed toys that would be perfect filling an Easter Basket, we’re having a sale on all her handmade goodies—mini plushes, dolls, pins and brooches.
Just use the code APRILFOOLS at checkout for 15% off of the purchase price from now until April 1st!
This APRILFOOLS is definitely not a prank, but we’re pretty sure these cute, cuddly bunnies, chick, cat and bat, just to name a few, will bring a smile to the face of their recipient. Order soon for best selection. These guys are one of a kind— and at three and a half to four inches high, the perfect size to tuck into a basket or bucket.
Here’s a sampling of what’s up on the O Deer Mercantile Etsy Shop.
This little plaid bunny is here in time for the Spring season! His body has a plaid print in pink, purple, green, and yellow. The ears are lined with pink cotton fabric recycled from a pillowcase, and the tail is made of white cotton. His feet and smiling face are hand embroidered. He is about 5 inches tall from his bottom to the tip of his ear, 2 1/4 inches wide, and 3 inches long from his front to his little bunny tail. This little fellow would look quite charming in a basket or on a shelf.
This little bat has lace wings and is trimmed with ribbon and buttons. Her body is is made from cotton with a pinstripe and damask pattern. The face is hand embroidered. She is about five inches tall, but she’ll need the assistance of a prop to stand on her own. Her wingspan is 6 inches.
Little Chickie has arrived just in time for spring and he can’t wait for Easter. This cute chicken is machine sewn with hand embroidered features, wings and feet. He is a buttery yellow, stands about 2 inches tall and about 3 1/2 inches wide. He would be darling nesting in a basket, but just as happy perched on a pillow.
This adorable little stuffed fox is designed and sewn with love. With a hand embroidered face and a sweet pink ribbon tied around her neck, she stands only 3 inches tall. Note: this plushie can’t stand on its own without assistance.
This sweet little lamb sports a flower crown. Her body is made from pink flannel, and her ears, face, and legs are appliqued fleece. Her smiling face is hand embroidered. The flower crown is made of ribbon and is removable, but if you’d like to have it attached to the head instead, feel free to ask. The lamb is 3 1/2 inches tall, 3 1/2 inches wide from ear-tip to ear-tip, and 2 1/2 inches long. She sits up on her own and would make a cute decoration for a shelf, desk, etc.
To see more of Gaia’s sweet stuffed creations, go to our shop and take a look around!
Till next time…