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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter and Character Tags

Can you spot the edible eggs amongst the non?

HAPPY EASTER


Rebecca of Cornish Dreamer in her post "The problem with Easter" brought this post to my mind. I'm a seasonal candy eater.
This season, through today, it's Cadbury eggs--the old fashioned kind with the white cream filling only, none of that new fangled caramel or other stuff, please. After today, I don't want the eggs. Christmas is cherry filled chocolates and my birthday is chocolate cake with WHITE frosting.

It occurred to me that this is a character tag. Something I do that others don't that gives a little peek into my personality. By looking at ourselves and others and spotting these goofy bits, we can find great character tags.

Or at least I think I'm the only one who's Holiday candy specific...are you? Or do you have other oddities for a holiday that you're willing to share?

Whichever, have a fun Easter!


23 comments:

Kathy McIntosh said...

I confess I've always liked candy corn at Halloween. But it seemed a bit too chewy, a bit too sweet, the last couple of years.
We grew up getting Sees Candy chocolate eggs each year. My sister continued the tradition, I didn't. So those are character traits about two sisters, no?

Beth said...

In high school, the Prom Committee offered items that students could buy for other students - carnations for Valentine's Day, candy canes at Christmas, and Cadbury Creme Eggs at Easter. One year I received 15 of those doggone things, and ate them all Since then, I can face one a year, but any more than that and my blood sugar screams at me. :-)

It's definitely the little things that bring a character to life, Conda. I'm glad your character includes chocolate! :-) Hope you had a great day.

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Helen Ginger said...

I'm working on getting chocolate out of my mouth, er, life. No chocolate today. I'm getting better at it.

Dave King said...

I'm not really candy at all, but I enjoyed the post. Didn't think I could spot the duffs. though - which maybe why I'm not candy-oriented!

Conda V. Douglas said...

Yes, those are character traits about two sisters, Kathy. If I was reading your story in a novel, I'd see you as the less sentimental of the two. It may not be true, but that's how it reads.

Conda V. Douglas said...

Yes, Beth, I have the same problem with, of all things, caramel apples. Just ate too many of them once.

Conda V. Douglas said...

Helen--no chocolate? Amazing. Of course if you take it one small no-bite at a time...sorry, couldn't resist.

Conda V. Douglas said...

Dave, yeah, guys are often not so sweet-toothy. And the only "not duffs" were the Cadbury eggs, the rest are wood!

Swubird said...

Conda:

When I was a little kid we always had lots of candy during the holidays. Little bowls of hard candy were scattered all over the house, on the end tables, the coffee tables, in the kitchen and on top of the television. You couldn't miss it if you tried. The only problem, however, was that for some reason I wasn't attracted to candy. Bravo for me I guess. But when Easter came around I admit that I had to have a few chocolate bunnies. The small ones. Not too much - I always ate in moderation. But a little just to satisfy my urge.

Now that I'm a little older I still don't eat much candy, but my Queen loves chocolate. She's insane about the stuff. I admit that I'm a little more interested in chocolate than when I was a kid, but now the problem is that my stomach won't take the stuff. Isn't that how it always is?

Happy trails.

Conda V. Douglas said...

Yeah, I remember those bowls of hard candies--my grandmother had them everywhere too, but they weren't attractive to me because she never ate them or replaced them and the candies had solidified into a sticky mass.

And so true, it always is that way. I used to be able to drink tea at midnight then sleep. No way, now.

Caryn Caldwell said...

Good point! It's funny how much easier it is to see those little quirks in others, too, than in ourselves. Except when trying to explain them to others, of course. Then I do start to feel weird. As far as seasonal candy goes, though, I'm devastated that Thin Mints and dark chocolate cordial cherries have seasons. If I like a candy, I like it all year.

The Muse said...

The time between my childhood and when I had kids I didn't go for candy. It's so hard to avoid now and it's catching up with me.

For whatever reason this post reminded me of Meg Ryan's character in When Harry Met Sally. The character trait of Sally, a definitive one, was how she ordered and ate her food throughout the story. Without Sally's food quirks the story would not have been the same.

I'm late coming here. Happy Easter to you!

~Sia McKye~ said...

I've never been a particular holiday candy eater. Admittedly, there is always more candy around the holiday. I like candy throughout the year. My husband has always been the sort of buyer that waits until after the holiday and then goes and buys all the discounted candy and tosses in the freezer.

When I was a kid my mom used to buy this one type of hard candy at Christmas. Besides the hard Cinnamon candies, which I love this hard candy had a bright green, red, purple, and orange outer layer and had flowers or small designs inside the hard center of white. You can only get it at Christmas unless you hit a specialty candy place.

But me and chocolate, we're this tight. ANY time of the year, lol!

Lynda Lehmann said...

I'll take my sweets ANY time, Conda, so there's no tag there!

As for holiday-specific behaviors, here's one: I usually look forward to getting done with them and returning to my usual and mostly-solitary routine. Holidays are an inducement to overeat, forget about exercise, and slide back on our vows to stay or get in shape! (I always end up feeling years older, after each holiday.)

Hope you had a Happy Easter, though!

Maria Hathaway said...

I always have chocolate cake with white frosting for my birthday too. ALWAYS. But only for my birthday. The rest of the year I like any kind of cake but for my birthday it has to be right.

Rebecca Taunton said...

Thanks for the link Conda!

You're right, all of these little oddities that we have can really create more depth into characters.

My holiday specific would be to allow just one day to have "a lazy day": watching a few movies (usually curled up on the sofa under a duvet) and not bothering to have any ordered lunch: just a small platter of olives, breadsticks, cheese, chutneys, pickles, fruit, etc to munch on during the afternoon.

Conda V. Douglas said...

Caryn, do you have other seasonal quirks? Like I have a friend who still adheres to "no white pants after Labor Day until Memorial Day." It upsets her to see someone break that "rule."

Conda V. Douglas said...

Muse--I'd forgotten about Sally's food quirks, that was hilarious! Maybe because so many women have food behaviors?

Conda V. Douglas said...

Ah yes, Lynda, I know all about the holiday blahs--but I also rely on the guilt factor to get people into my exercise classes, heh, heh.

Conda V. Douglas said...

Sia--I'd forgotten about those flower candies as I always called them. Thanks for the reminder. And I too love cinnamon...anything. I've been known to have the dreaded sore mouth from sucking on too many--how about you?

Conda V. Douglas said...

Maria, welcome to my blog! I popped over to yours and it's gorgeous! And it's great that someone else shares my birthday cake needs. Like you, the rest of the year, any cake is great, but chocolate with white frosting on that special day only.

Conda V. Douglas said...

Rebecca, you're welcome--your post did inspire me. And your "lazy day" sounds like a real holiday treat.