I Must Confess…I don’t really do Easter
Happy Easter, fellow confessors. I hope you’ve enjoyed your long weekend and are not too full from chocolate or hot cross bun overload!
I have to confess I’ve been proud of my own minimal intake of both this year. Partly due to still not feeling 100% well but also a lot to do with this being my first coeliac Easter. While there are gluten free alternatives to hot cross buns and chocolate they are expensive, sometimes hard to come by and, frankly, not as good as the real thing.
So I’ve limited my indulgence to a bit of Cadbury’s milk chocolate and feel all the better for it.
Although, I have to admit to a pang of longing for these:
I miss you hot cross buns!
Why come out now when I can’t have you? Damn you Malteser bunny!
Anyway. This week’s prompt is all about Easter and all about how you celebrate or don’t celebrate it.
I’ve found it fascinating to watch social media over the last week to see how much trouble some people go to, to make Easter special for their kids. From leaving carrots out to the Easter bunny, to making foorprints in icing sugar, kid-friendly Easter crafts and elaborate egg hunts…I’ve even devoted an entire Pinterest board to my research!
It’s fascinating to me, as we’ve never really done anything special for Easter. The Easter Bunny does not come to our house and leave chocolate. Instead, we give a small chocolate present to everyone in the family. For the kids, this is usually a token chocolate gift with something useful. For instance, this year Delilah received one big egg from us with crayons while Gilbert and Matilda received a counting money box with some small eggs inside.
There is no real fanfare and nothing really special takes place. In past years we have sometimes had a small Easter egg hunt but the kids know it’s us planting the eggs – we’ve never pushed the Easter Bunny line as hard as we have done with Santa. We just enjoy some extra time together as a family due to the long weekend and enjoy a little more chocolate than we usually allow. It’s a quiet indulgence and it works for us.
Part of our lack of Easter enthusiasm stems from the same attitude we have to Halloween, Valentines Day and other increasingly commercialised events – we just don’t care. I personally dislike being peddled a holiday occasion that tries to guilt me into parting with money for products that are only important because marketers say they are.
I have no affinity with Halloween nor with Valentines Day and, to be truly honest, with Easter either.
I realise and acknowledge that Easter is a solemn religious event – I was raised Catholic and spent many years attending every mass and occasion connected with Holy Week, culminating in Easter Sunday. I know how important Easter is to the Christian faith and I fully respect that.
However, I must confess that Easter no longer holds that place for me. As a young adult I realised that my own beliefs no longer aligned with Catholicism and I chose to take my own road. As a couple, Nathan and I decided to take religion out of the equation completely when we married.
As a result, we have never introduced any of our children to a specific religious faith. In turn, we have never celebrated Easter or Christmas as religious holidays. And, because I am contrary and dislike being told what to do and what to buy, we have never really bought into the whole commercial aspect of Easter either. Except for a bit of extra chocolate here and there.
So that’s why I don’t really do Easter. I must confess I could also blame my lack of Easter enthusiasm on the fact that I’m lazy, not crafty and just not interested enough to make the effort. But that doesn’t sound half as interesting and, quite frankly, makes me look bad!
Your turn – what does Easter mean to you? Do you go all out (and if you do, bravo!) Do you embrace the religious side? Or do you just look at it as a great way to enjoy some time away from work?
Go on, confess. There’s no better time than now, surely 😉
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