Posted by: Judy | April 16, 2019

Preparing for Easter

I’d planned to make this whole post about Blessing Baskets, but events have compressed it. I’ll start with it, but then move on to Notre-Dame.

Today, I’ll shop for my Blessing Basket items. I already have my wicker basket and ribbon for the handle. I’ll use one of my pretty plates. Coarse Sea Salt is my choice for salt. I’ll unearth one of my new hand towels. I have a vanilla candle. Kneaders has Challah. Chocolate Eggs ~ probably not, this year. Meats ~ Ham or bacon ~ In the past, I’ve done sliced ham for sandwiches, Canadian bacon, and pre-cooked bacon. I’ll see what’s available when I go grocery shopping. Butter and cheese ~ I’ll pick up cream for making a bit of fresh butter and purchased Baby Belle cheese. Pastries and other treats ~ P.Croissant has coconut macaroons and croissants, of course. I’ll pick up a few. Lamb and wine ~ No. I’m not a fan of lamb and no alcohol. Not of fan of sparkling cider, either. For the record, I’m new to Blessing Baskets. A few years ago, I read about one in a romance novel and loved the idea. My list is what I’ve learned from what I could find online.

Somehow, the Blessing Basket pales in importance. However, it is tradition that connects us to the past and to our celebrations. Healthy traditions create and build strengthened faith and happy memories.

When Paris is mentioned three things pop into my head, the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, and Sacre-Coeur Basillica. I was in Paris, in 1986. I could see the Eiffel Tower if I leaned out my bedroom window. I could see Sacre-Coeur from the Eiffel Tower. I saw Notre-Dame my first night in Paris. I took a couple of boat tours on the River Seine. The Catacombs were not what I expected; instead of spooky, I felt an astonishing sense of reverence.

Yesterday, I was on my way to Sam’s Club when I heard the news that Notre-Dame Cathedral was burning. I came home and watched BBC on my computer. Eight-hundred and fifty years of history up in smoke. Movies and stories have woven the cathedral into my own history. My heart breaks for the people of France.


  1. I found the news of Notre Dame so sad and disturbing. But one French friend told me that the cathedral was built on land that was originally a site of Celtic worship. He said he feels that the cathedral will be rebuilt in a new form and that this will be a resurrection. He thinks that having this fire just before Easter is a reminder of how worship can change over generations and continue on with a rebirth. That made me feel better.

    • What a wonderfully hopeful perspective. Perfect for this week of all weeks. ❤

  2. I was so saddened also by the news. And yet I am happy to hear of your Easter prep. Beautiful traditions.

    • I’m stunned by the photos I’ve seen showing how much has survived, including the Rose Window. Thanks. 🙂

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