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Journal Writing Project: Easter in a nutshell


By Alexis Jorgensen

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

What does Easter mean to you? For many people, Easter is a well-known holiday that most people recognize as an overabundance of Easter eggs, candy, and of course, the Easter bunny. But, what is the true meaning of Easter? And what does a long-eared, cotton tailed creature that hides eggs have to do with this holiday? Questions like these come to mind when thinking about the complexity of this holiday.

The traditions of Easter have been and will always continue to change. In medieval Europe, eggs were forbidden during the time of Lent. Since no one could eat the eggs, any eggs that were laid during the time of Lent were boiled or preserved. Once Lent was over, eggs had become so stockpiled that everyone began eating them around the time of Easter. In addition, eggs were also a sign of both fertility and new life. Because of their symbols for new life and fertility, eggs were often said to be used in by the Ancient Romans, Persians, and Egyptians for their spring festivals. The Germans painted eggs green and hung them out on trees as gifts, Austrians used to place around eggs and then boil them, and Armenians often painted their eggs red and filled them with pictures of Christ or the Virgin Mary. Thus, the egg became a very well-known symbol of both spring and Easter. Rabbits are also a symbol of fertility. The first thought of the Easter bunny actually came from a German custom. The Germans used to tell stories to their children about an “Easter hare” who would lay eggs for the children to find. The Germans also baked cakes in shapes of rabbits, and are said to be the first ones to make chocolate bunnies. When German immigrants came to America, they brought their traditions to us.

To me, Easter seemed to always be a holiday filled with random symbols. However, little did I know symbols such as Easter eggs and the Easter bunny have a larger meaning behind them than what I initially thought.

Journal Writing Project: Mardi Gras 101

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

By Alexis Jorgensen Last Tuesday, February 17, was the celebration of Mardi Gras. Most of the Midwest is unaware of the traditions that happen at the celebration of Mardi Gras. When most people think about Mardi Gras, they think of beads, parties, ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Body image and the media

By Alexis Jorgensen

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

The media is often blamed for influencing the way that individuals feel about their body image. Many people of society have expressed concern with the way that the media presents its advertisements, photos, and overall appearance. The individuals ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Secret Santa

By Alexis Jorgensen

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

By Alexis Jorgensen Lanesboro is a truly unique community with a very fun atmosphere year round. Many people are aware of Lanesboro’s various town festivities such as Buffalo Bill Days, Rhubarb Fest, and Art in the Park, but the activities that ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Gobble all the way

By Alexis Jorgensen

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

Traditions are a huge part of any family. In the Lanesboro Burro family, we also have our traditions. Turkey bingo is an annual Thanksgiving tradition at Lanesboro High School. The entire school, Kindergarten through 12th grade, participates in this ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Small town

By Kaia Hongerholt

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

The band Rehab captured it best in their song “Welcome Home,” when they describe their hometown. Growing up in a small town is an experience that only the lucky ones receive. People who grow up in a large city like New York City or Los Angeles ..... 
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Journal writing project: My unique community

By Kaia Hongerholt

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

Small towns may seem like a dime a dozen in Southeastern Minnesota. However that is simply not the case in Lanesboro. People come from all around the country to bike on the famous Root River bike trail that runs through the heart of the community. ..... 
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The Grinch is Right!

By Megan Kiehne

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

My favorite time of the year is approaching! Vibrant lights illuminate houses, Christmas songs play on the radio, ornaments adorn Christmas trees, and everything is covered with a blanket of fluffy white snow for the holiday season. People are busy ..... 
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