My daughter’s kindergarten class offered parents slices of pizza when we arrived to pick the kids up today. But instead of pizza, the pizza carton held a giant cookie slathered in jam, topped with white chocolate, with little candy toppings.
“Fooled ya!” the kids shouted.
Oh yes, it’s April Fool’s Day again. How did this crazy trend get started anyway?
Short answer: nobody knows. Practical jokes seem to have been a springtime tradition since at least Roman times.
Theories abound about the origins of April Fool’s day, some as silly as the jokes people are playing all over today. My favorite links the tradition of sending people on “fool’s errands” to Demeter’s search for Persephone after her abduction by Hades. Really? That seems pretty fanciful.
A more historical view suggests it dates back to the shift from the Julian to Gregorian calendar, when the celebration of the new year moved from the last week of March to the beginning of January.
Regardless of how it started, April Fool’s Traditions are alive and well. For some fun and funny ideas to fool your family, head over to Family Fun magazine’s list of kid-friendly pranks. Whatever you do, just don’t try any of these mean tricks parents have played on kids.
Have you fooled your kids today? Did they fool you?
Photo: Myki Roventine
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