Hot cross buns and Easter eggs are back on the shelves, and have been since December 26th in some stores. (we didn’t see them any earlier than that but we wouldn’t be surprised).
And with that comes the ‘why can’t we have hot cross buns all year’ questions.
We’ve seen a few opinion pieces saying that it wouldn’t be that big of a deal to have hot cross buns available all year around.
They are right, it probably wouldn’t be because it would only matter to the people who wanted to purchase and eat them all year round.
But our question is this.
Do we really NEED them to be available all year around? And if yes, why?
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Has consumerism within our society become that much that we can’t wait for something a little special to arrive once a year? That we need to know it’s available whenever we want it – which is right now.
Can’t we just be patient and enjoy these yummy buns once a year? aren’t they all the more special when they are only once a year? Wouldn’t they be just like any other bread roll or donuts if we could get them all year round? Just part of our diet.
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One thing for sure, there probably wouldn’t be the fuss, or the opinion pieces that one can write if they were available at anytime.
Religion dictating what we eat has been one of the reasons thrown up when speaking about why hot cross buns aren’t available all year around. Not everyone follows the same religion, therefore they should get to choose when they eat a hot cross bun. It shouldn’t be dictated by Lent or Easter.
Well, they aren’t that hard to make, so if you want a hot cross bun in the middle of July, then you should be able to find a recipe.
Secondly, traditionally the hot cross bun marked the end of lent with different parts of the bun having certain meanings.
Why can’t we accept tradition in the same way we do for other things in our lives?
One thing for sure, is we are at least luckier than those living in 1592 when Queen Elizabeth I decreed that hot cross buns could no longer be sold on any day except for Good Friday, Christmas or for burials. They were simply too special to be eaten at any other time.
If that law was still in place – then you wouldn’t have the options that you do today. At least for those people enjoy a hot cross bun at the moment, they are around a lot longer than they were back then.
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