Even though it was created by the Anglo-Saxons to honor their goddess Eostre, Easter is now the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus in the Christian religion. It’s a week-long holiday that starts on Palm Sunday. It is the oldest, and most important, of all the Christian holidays. It is estimated that the average American will spend $130 on gifts, food, and treats for the holiday. This equals out to $18.1 billion every year. Here are some ways you can use the sales of the season to boost your preps.
The egg is one of the most important items of Easter. It is the ancient symbol of fertility because spring is considered the beginning of a new life. Bleyer Industries is the only plant that makes these plastic eggs. According to their sales projections they sale 250 million eggs a year for the holiday. Once it’s over those eggs can be pretty helpful. Glue the ends together (not blocking the holes) to make an herb pot for the windowsill. Carry your easily losable small items such as buttons and nail clippers. Stuff them with potpourri and hang from your neck as a scented sachet to mask the smell of death.
I lovely addition to any Easter basket. This stuff is used to make your basket look pretty, and to protect anything fragile inside of it. Over the last ten years, we have seen a movement towards the paper grass and away from the environmental hating plastic grass. This is good for use because the paper grass is more reusable than the plastic-type. It could be soaked in water and shaped into fireplace logs. Your chicken will love it because it makes a lovely nest material. The same goes for rabbit hutches. It can be used as stuffing in your favorite plush toy in the event of a cotton stuffing shortage.
Egg Dye Kits
Growing up this was the best part about Easter. Nothing was more fun, and messier, then dying eggs. This year Americans will buy 10 million egg dye kits to dip 230 million eggs. You know you can dye more than eggs with these kits. If you spin yarn you can use these things to dye it different colors. You can also dye fabrics with these things. Having trouble keeping things organized in your team? Dye a handful of clothespins and create a color-coding system. If you are a creative soul like me you can crush them up in a cup of water to make your watercolors.
Flowers are the official sign that spring is here. The quintessential Easter flower is, of course, the Lily. The Lily symbolizes the resurrection of Christ as this flower was pretty common in biblical times. Other than looking pretty, flowers can greatly improve your survival. The Agastache and Calendula are some of the many edible flowers available this time of the year. Lilies and Echinacea have medical benefits similar to that of modern medication. Roses and Violets can be dried to make potpourri for your eggs sachets. Borage and Chrysanthemums can be used as a natural pesticide.
What is Easter without a signature Easter basket! This tradition is deeply rooted in the Christian belief as a gift for completing Lent. It is the number one bought item of the season. Baskets are the most versatile of all the goods you can buy for your prep. You can use it to hold your catch as you spend the day fishing. You can go foraging for berries or other edible greens with one. Put a plastic one buy the fireplace to store your longs in. Line a basket to make an emergency trash can. Get a large one to help carry your dirty laundry to the river for cleaning.