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Reconnect this Easter

Spring is a great time to connect with the special people in our lives. It is a chance to hear "Remember when..." and tell the little folks in our lives "I can't believe how much you've grown!"

Jim McCann, CEO of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM®, remembers Easter as one of his favorite times of year. "It wasn't just because of all the chocolate bunnies and jelly beans—although that helped," Jim said. "Easter in the McCann house meant a chance to see my Uncle Arthur and Aunt Effie. Now Uncle Arthur and Aunt Effie weren't really related to us, but they had been a part of my life as far back as I could remember. And Uncle Arthur was one cool dude. He was a long haul truck driver and his tales of the road would keep me spellbound for hours. He told stories of places with magical names like Smokey Hill, Kentucky and Pleasant Shade, Tennessee, or...Hoboken, New Jersey. I remember my life being incredibly boring compared to Uncle Arthur's, and I only hoped that one day I would have stories as great as his to share."

After Jim's Uncle Arthur and Aunt Effie passed away, Jim kept their family in his thoughts and prayers by sending a special Easter gift to them each year. "Now this was a tradition that I knew would help us stay connected," Jim said. "And in some small way, it helped me keep Uncle Arthur's memory alive."

Although Jim's days of listening to Uncle Arthur's stories are long past, the wonderful spirit of Springtime and family celebrations remains. With so many special ways to celebrate spring, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM®has fabulous fresh flowers and gorgeous gifts that make any holiday or occasion unforgettable.

Here are some great ways to reconnect and share special memories with loved ones this Easter:
  • Send an Easter Lily for Remembrance Plant. It's a living gift that symbolizes purity, virtue, innocence, hope and life—all perfect for an Easter celebration
  • Send a virtual bouquet—it's easy! Just go to www.bokayme.com
  • Remember a loved one who is gone by lighting a virtual candle at Tributes.com: www.tributes.com
  • Dig out the DVDs of parties gone by (and if you haven't done so yet, convert old 8-mm. films to DVD format). Then sit back and enjoy!
  • Create a scrapbook of spring celebrations gone by. Go to www.shutterfly.com for some easy, affordable scrapbooking options
  • Scan in an old photo and email—or snail mail—it to someone special

Whether you are celebrating Easter, Passover, or any other occasion, don't forget to enjoy the moment—because the times we share with our family today help us create the cherished memories that keep those vital "connections" healthy and strong tomorrow!

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