Ahhh, I have such fond memories of the Easter Bunny leaving me chocolate treats when I was a kid. I remember heading out into the garden in my jim-jams and trying to find just a few Easter eggs before my siblings found them all. Each egg was wrapped in foil of a solid colour: blue; red; yellow; green; purple; orange and pink, but never more than one colour per egg. The foil would glisten in the morning sun, soon revealing every egg’s hiding place to us chocolate-hungry kids. The eggs were lucky to exist beyond a week. The last dozen would go from one kid’s room to another as each child wanted to top up their own diminishing supply. We never admitted it, and for us, it was a game of stealth to locate and take the chocolaty goodness without anyone noticing.
Maybe it’s the same for French kids, but I can’t help feeling a bit sorry for them. For starters, egg-shaped chocolates for Easter are hard to track down: the French prefer bunnies or chicks. And when the odd multi-pack of egg-shaped chocolate is found, French kids may well be confused over whether it’s Christmas or Easter. As you can see from the photo I took of my last few remaining eggs (I had a lot), the one in the middle is clearly an Easter bunny image on an egg-shaped chocolate. But look closer at this egg. The foil is not shiny: it won’t glisten in the sun for an Easter egg hunt. Nor is it just one colour, making it harder to spot straight away. I suspect many a French Easter egg has melted with the heat of the Spring sun long after the hunt for eggs ended. The impact? Hungry, disappointed French kids with not much Easter booty. But maybe this is just a change with the passing of time and I’m clinging onto the past. But wait, there’s more.
What’s with those other two ‘eggs’? Are they really Easter eggs? Fine, they’re the shape of an Easter egg, but it’s obvious that they’re just left-over Christmas tree decorations! Several things give this away:
- the colours are typically festive Christmas red and green;
- they’re the shape of a bauble — or an upside-down egg;
- there are gold strings hanging from the tops of the ‘eggs’ where they are meant to be hung up; and,
- I remember the same patterns on my Christmas hanging baubles last year.
If the, erm, Easter Bunny does put these eggs out, does he hang them on trees? Do the kids check under the trees for presents? Do they leave biscuits and milk out for Santa next year?
Me, I’ll be checking my Christmas decorations for any Easter egg baubles. I’ll get back to you later in the year.