What Exactly Are Hot Cross Buns?
Hot cross buns! One a penny, two a penny.
As we prepare for Easter this year it seams as nothing is as it should be. Except that Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross and then three days later risen from the grave . A moment that split time. Even the flowers acknowledge this event. As my wife and I sat ouitside enjoying our morning coffee and the comforting sounds of chirping birds, our conversation drifted back to when our kids were in preschool and would sing this nursery rhyme which we've all heard. I can even remember singing it as a child as well. "Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns! One a penny, two a penny, Hot cross buns! If you have no daughters, give them to your sons. One a penny, two a penny, Hot cross buns!" If you're like me this song will now be stuck in your head. But Why "Hot Cross Buns"?
Our first try at Hot Cross Buns
It become obvious that this was so familiar to me, but I really had never had one or any understanding of the importance of this bun. The origins of hot cross buns may go back as far as the 12th century. According to the story, an Anglican monk baked the buns and marked them with a cross in honor of Good Friday. Over time they gained popularity, and eventually became a symbol of Easter weekend. Towards the end of the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I passed a law limiting the sale of sweet buns to funerals, Christmas, and the Friday before Easter. The English were deeply superstitious, believed the buns carried medicinal or magical properties, and were fearful of those powers being abused. Some even believed that buns baked on Good Friday would never go stale. One day we will look back to this difficult year. Some words that come to mind are fear, change, unprecedented love, and hope are just a few. We will all carry special memories of what has occurred and what we did this Easter of the year 2020.. For our family, we will remember that on Good Friday we looked to the cross and for the first time enjoyed Hot Cross Buns.