Although Easter is one of the most cherished holidays for Christians around the world, not all of the traditions that have developed around this celebration are from the Bible. Of course, the story of the crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ is the central theme for Christians, there are other traditions we include in our family celebrations that are just that . . . family traditions. This week for the Home Matters Linky Party #176, I was looking for a few ideas of Easter celebrations that might be fun traditions for your family, too! #EasterCelebrations #HomeMattersParty
In our family we have always tried to keep the focus on the real reason we celebrate Easter (although I am aware of the numerous observations that even our celebration of the resurrected Christ is not truly based on Biblical teachings, but more on that another day), and we make sure our children know that we are not really celebrating bunnies in baskets, and pretty colored eggs, and one more reason to stockpile candy in our homes. But it is fun to have family traditions around the different seasons and holidays, and Easter is certainly a time of celebrating the arrival of spring, new life, and the joys of family and friends.
So as I was thinking about some of the Easter traditions that I’ve observed over the years, many of them have evolved into “monsters” that almost seem out of control, and others that seemed so significant when I was a kid are almost non-existent now. The overwhelming varieties and quantities of candy that is found on every story shelf for a few weeks before Easter Sunday, with all of the little toys, books, gadgets and gimmicks, along with chocolate bunnies, gummy worms, candy eggs, and that ever-annoying green (and now purple, pink, and yellow) “grass” that we buy to fill the extravagant baskets just seems “over the top” to me. It almost feels as if we are trying to create a second Christmas with all of “junk” available to distract our kids from the real reason for the celebration.
But then there are a few old-fashioned Easter traditions that seem to have faded into the background in our increasingly fast-paced world. When I was a little girl, we would all get dressed up on Easter Sunday, with our little white sox and white patent leather Mary Jane shoes. We would have a new Easter bonnet and pretty little white gloves to wear to Sunday school and to Easter church service. There was often an Easter parade with springtime displays, and in every church yard there was the annual Easter Egg Hunt. I’m not sure we do so much of that kind of thing any more. We would always have Easter dinner, and for some reason it was usually ham with all kinds of other stuff, but the one thing that I still do for Easter is to make Hot Cross Buns.
Here are a few Easter traditions that I found to be interesting, and a bit nostalgic, thinking back on the days of the Easter parade: “Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet,
and of the girl I’m taking to the Easter parade.” ~Irving Berlin
Hot Cross Buns
Easter Bunny, Baby Chicks, Easter Basket
What are some of your family Easter traditions? I would love to hear how you celebrate this special holiday! I hope you can join us for this week’s Home Matters Linky Party!
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