If you don’t celebrate Easter but enjoy learning about other families’
customs this post may still be a good one to read. If you follow a
different religion or you don’t practice any at all, you still could add
something new to this post. Help make it multicultural and allow
us to “cross borders” into friendship together. Although Easter eggs
were once considered part of pagan Spring festivals, they have
become Christian symbols of new life in recent times.
A cracked open eggshell could represent
and symbolize Jesus’ empty
tomb on Easter morning.
Coloring eggs can be elaborate projects, I have always enjoyed looking
at Ukrainian eggs with their pen and ink display of designs. Our family
usually just used crayons to make designs on our hard boiled eggs
for Easter. Then, with the pungent smell of vinegar and the Paas egg
coloring dyes, we would put our eggs on wire ‘hoops’ or loops, where
they were able to hold them while we dipped them in.
Even when I attended a Christian church with my last husband,
where they frowned upon ‘rituals,’ I didn’t give up hiding Easter
eggs, bunnies and baskets.
This was always part of my childhood and my own family’s way
of celebrating Easter.
My argument was:
Shouldn’t we celebrate and rejoice in Christ’s resurrection?
When I got a Christmas card from a relative in December, 2014,
which mentioned the death and resurrection, it took me aback.
I felt this was losing the “True Meaning” of Christ’s birth.
I like to focus on the image of Christ in his manger, his bed
made of harsh wood, with straw and blankets protecting him
from the weather.
Why concentrate on the torture and anguish of the Son of God,
who was made from God and man combined, at Christmas?
When Easter comes, even if I weren’t a Christian,
I would want to celebrate the story of someone,
who came back from the dead,
who rose to sit by his father’s side
and who told this simple message:
“Love thy neighbor as thyself.”
When it comes right down to it,
all religions, faiths, cultures and
people of the world could agree.
If we treated everyone the way
we wished to be treated,
we would not have any wars.
Nor would we have poverty,
unclothed and hungry masses.
I may use plastic eggs to hide,
I may not always follow the rules,
I may not attend church regularly,
but Easter represents a lot to me.
Caroline Rhea says this funny quote:
“I lied on my Weight Watchers list.
I put down that I ate only three eggs. . .
but they were Cadbury chocolate eggs.”
Here is an Easter fact to enjoy:
“Each year, the PAAS Dye, Co. sells more than 10 million egg-coloring kits,
which consumers use to decorate more than 180 million eggs!”
~**~”I would rather have one rose
and a kind word from a friend
while I’m here, than a
whole truck load when I’m gone.~**~
I truly believe in this.
How many flowers end up at funeral homes and
how many flowers did the person enjoy
while they were alive?
Happiness keeps you Sweet,
Trials keep you Strong,
Sorrows keep you Human,
Failures keep you Humble,
Success keeps you glowing,
But. . .
Friends. . .
Keep you going!”
**~ Author Unknown~**
May you have a blessed Easter.
If you should not happen to follow
this belief, may you have a special
celebration with or without any
faith involved. Spending time with
loved ones is always a blessing.
Please share something you enjoy
doing, cooking, decorating or
something you have been doing
in your garden, with Easter or
Spring as your guide.