Easter Helicopter Egg Drop, Tennessee
We landed up on time to find the entire parking lot packed to capacity. Every car is like a mini bus, as is the norm in the US but we were lucky to get one space and started covering up to go to the venue, which was approximately half a mile away, on the grounds of a school.
Parents of all shapes and sizes had arrived, even those with babes in arms. People take their Easter Egg hunts pretty seriously here. Over 30,000 eggs will be falling from the sky said the brochure, so the kids took their Easter buckets to collect their eggs. Bundling up in the freezing rain, we layered to keep ourselves warm and started to leave, when we realised that the kids age group egg drop, would take a bit of time.
We decided to sit in the warmth of the car to wait it out, while Alaina and Mum braved the rain in rain coats and waited their turn. Sitting in the car we had a birds eye view of the helicopter and infact we watched it struggling a bit against the wind to align itself over the field.
Back and forth went the pilot till it had aligned itself and then let out a hail of eggs. From our vantage point we could see the eggs being thrown out the door in a cascade of colour. Then the announcer called out the group and the kids and parents rushed out onto the field and collected their eggs.
Alaina and mum went in the kindergarten group and she had come prepared by her beautiful easter bucket which she planned to fill with eggs, for both herself and her brother. "Go Kindergarten!" said the announcer and a rush of kids and parents headed for the field. Alaina was picky and wanted only particular colours, so much to our shock she got none in her basket. Not a single egg.
We could imagine how disappointed she was feeling, after going through the driving rain and the crowd. Her Mum told her not to worry, the Easter Bunny would come and bring them eggs that night for sure, just be good and go to sleep early.
As they were coming out a little boy and his siblings asked her why she had no eggs in her basket. “ Not one in your basket? How come?" he said.
“Here are four eggs from my basket,” he said cheerfully and his siblings did the same,bringing a smile to Alaina’s face.
“I was so shocked,” said Annika,” to see such young kids share spontaneously. I am sure their parents will be very proud.”
For those who are unaware of what Easter is about -- Easter is a Christian festival that celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the New Testament of the Bible, the event is said to have occurred three days after Jesus was crucified by the Romans and died in roughly 30 A.D.
The feast concludes the “Passion of Christ,” that begins with Lent—a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and sacrifice—and ends with Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday (the celebration of Jesus’ Last Supper with his 12 Apostles), Good Friday (on which Jesus’ crucifixion is observed), and Easter Sunday.
Although a holiday of high religious significance in the Christian faith, many traditions associated with Easter date back to pre-Christian, pagan times including the Easter Egg hunt..
There were also games, face painting, a petting zoo, food trucks, bounce houses and more, making it a day out for the whole family. But we just bundled into the car and headed home rather than stay out in the spoil sport rain!
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