Do you have plans for Easter?
If you have plans for Easter, what are they? Do you celebrate the religious meanings behind Easter? Do you let your kids get gifts from the Easter Bunny? If you let your kids believe in the Easter bunny how is that impacted by your religion (since it is technically a lie we tell kids about the bunny)?Do you have any family traditions that you always do on Easter?
Cynthia, my family never participated in the "Easter bunny" stuff, as I did not want the children to think that their mother and father lied to them. When I was growing up, my mother was deeply ensconced in the "Santa Claus is real", the "Tooth Fairy is real", and the "Easter bunny" is real, mindset - which made me wonder if Jesus was real.
I decided I wanted my children to know that their parents told them the truth. So many who knew of our beliefs, warned me that I was taking all of the fun out of those things for my children. That was not the case. My children had lots of fun, but they were taught the truth.
It has always been my conviction that Easter is actually a greater reason for Christians to celebrate, than Christmas. Jesus' birth was very important, but the resurrection was paramount to Him fulfilling His claim of being God's only begotten son. Had he not been crucified, and risen from the dead, the prophecies would not have been fulfilled, nor would His mission have been accomplished.
Our traditions were basically to acknowledge the truth, so we weren't big on having ham or turkey or anything special for Easter. We felt it was more important that our offspring realized that Easter was a very holy celebration, and the fulcrum of what Christianity is all about.
I always celebrate my birthday on the first Saturday of April. This year that happens to fall right in the middle of Easter, and is the correct date of my birthday. So I'm celebrating my Easter birthday (beginning today since it's a holiday in my country), with no regard for the Easter traditions.
Easter traditions were ignored in my childhood home, and I did the same in my household. We are Christians and believe in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, but consider the hoopla unrelated and unnecessary.
We celebrate my going to church on Easter morning just like we do every other Sunday but after church we have a special Easter dinner, usually capaletti soup, ham potato salad, coleslaw, deviled eggs and the Easter pizza I featured and the ricotta cheese pie I also featured. When my girls were small we did color eggs but I felt guilty about it at some point so I don't do that anymore except in my Easter bread. I never believed in lying to children so even though they had baskets, I never taught them the Easter bunny was real. They didn't miss out on anything because of it. Our Lord suffered to much, I think to make lite of it in any way. I hope you have a very Blessed Easter
Usually I watch the sunrise. In the past I would drive near to the top of Palomar Mountain at San Diego County, California. I may go to a friends nursery and watch the sunrise this year or possibly just sit on the front porch since it faces eastward.
For a few years I use to do a twenty-four hour marathon staying awake while fasting. Once the sunrise occurred say an hour or so after it crested the horizon I would lay down and rest. It would always be interesting to see how long I slept and if I awoke to a dream. When I awoke I would eat. The fun part would be wondering how the dream connected to the time of solitude. I had a tradition of writing a poem with a theme somewhere along the way. That of course would be how inspiration occurred while not worry if it occurred. hmmmmm . . . maybe I will do that again this year.
Thank You Cynthia for presenting the opportunity to ponder :-)
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