Editor's Desk

 If you’re from Washington County, chances are you’ve spent your time finding or hiding – or both – copious amounts of Easter eggs indoors and occasionally outdoors if the weather and holiday align. In my memory, it is a tradition with many facets, including being covered in dye, having more eggs and chocolate to eat than is humanly comfortable, and wearing brightly colored dresses to church services.

Naturally, there is a great deal of symbolism given to the egg due to its role in the creation and sustainment of life, but the Easter holiday has more to it than that. In Christian tradition, Easter eggs are painted red to symbolize the blood of Christ; their hard shell is symbolic of the tomb that kept the body of Jesus prior to his resurrection. According to custom, Orthodox Christians abstain from both eggs and meat during Lent, returning to consume them again on Easter.

America has embraced Easter as a holiday beyond its Christian origins within our society, it seems. A 2016 survey from the National Retail Federation found that more than 80 percent of Americans will celebrate Easter with their families. The Pew Report, meanwhile, shows that approximately 70 percent of Americans identify as Christians.

Whatever your spiritual background, odds are good that your Easter will involve eggs. According to the USDA, the average person consumed two dozen eggs at Easter in 2014. If you count yourself amount them, you’ll be in good company – depending on the success of the mass egg hunts, of course.

Lura Jackson