Easter eggs or Christmas decorations?

Easter or Christmas eggAhhh, 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:

  1. the colours are typically festive Christmas red and green;
  2. they’re the shape of a bauble — or an upside-down egg;
  3. there are gold strings hanging from the tops of the ‘eggs’ where they are meant to be hung up; and,
  4. 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.


I'm a technical author, journalist and writer from Australia who has been living in Europe since 2000 and exploring the world from there. My passions are writing, snow sports and travel.

Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: , , , ,
2 comments on “Easter eggs or Christmas decorations?
  1. Isabelle says:

    I don’t think that you are being fair here with the Easter eggs in France. The eggs that you are showing us are the cheapest eggs that you can buy at the supermarket. You can find much better quality eggs/bunnies/chicks/bells either at the supermarket or in pâtisserie or chocolaterie.
    They are not always covered in shiny foil, it’s true, but let me reassure you, that doesn’t prevent kids from finding them very fast (plus a lot of kids don’t live in a house, so the egg hunt takes place either in their appartment, or their balcony).
    And rest assured that the chocolate goodies don’t have time to melt in the sun (if there is some sun, which isn’t always the case anyway)!!!

    It’s not the Easter bunny that brings the eggs to kids in France, but church bells. Here is an explanation of the tradition (in French, sorry):

    “En Belgique et en France, ce sont les cloches de Pâques qui apportent les œufs de Pâques. Depuis le jeudi saint, les cloches sont silencieuses, en signe de deuil. On dit qu’elles sont parties pour Rome, et elles reviennent le jour de Pâques en ramenant des œufs qu’elles sèment à leur passage.”

    And as far as Santa Claus is concerned, in my family we used to leave for him some clémentines and a tiny glass of strong alcohol such as Grand Marnier or Cognac (so he could warm up). But this was in my family, I can’t say that all families do the same…

  2. April says:

    Thanks for the insight, Isabelle. Funny how traditions alter around the world. In Australia, we left out grass for the raindeer and beer or milk for Santa.
    These were indeed the only egg-shaped chocolates available in La Clusaz and Thones. One of my Easter visitors searched for an egg after an accident in the suitcase, but ended up buying a bunny from a chocolatier in La Clusaz, as there were just no eggs. I opted for eggs. The chocolate was not nice.

About me

Wendy Hollands writer in Annecy, France

I'm an experienced technical writer based in the French Alps. I enjoy learning French language nuances, winter sports and travel. Drop by wendyhollands.com, my other site.

Be entertained

Want the latest blog post in your inbox? Subscribe here.