(Too much alliteration?)
We spent our Easter very low key. Since we weren’t traveling, I almost forgot to do anything for it – no egg dying, no chocolate bunnies. And then Jason took Jude to a public egg hunt and Jude didn’t even get one egg. The parents and bigger kids had elbowed their way through the crowd and snatched up all the eggs. Jason ended up stealing an egg just so Jude would have one. What an incredibly sad representation of what Easter is actually about (we redeemed this experience twice over, so don’t be sad about the little boy that didn’t get any eggs). Last I checked, Easter isn’t about consumerism . . . and yet . . .
Early last week I read this article about the Easter conundrum and it’s similar to the Christmas Conundrum. It’s worth a read (and makes me want to read her book even more). It made me think hard about how we focus on the holiday. . . I have quite a few memories of egg hunts, pretty new clothes and easter baskets that overshadow what Easter actually is about. I know at this point in my parenting journey I have the ability to shape how Jude views the holiday. We set the traditions. I certainly missed opportunities this year although we did read some of the Bible passages associated with Easter. Part of me really enjoys some of the traditions I grew up with. I loved dying eggs and I certainly love chocolate bunnies (although would like to get fair trade Easter treats in the future) but it’s not what I want the focus to be on.
I want Jesus to hijack my holidays. I want him to liberate the way I think about church and traditions. I don’t want to do things the way they’ve always been done to keep up with the status quo, I know there is more out there. I want our lives to push more and more to sacrifice and serving others, even if they don’t think about Jesus the same way I do. Especially then. Traditions can have extraordinary beauty to them – I see amazing value in some of the more traditional Christian practices but I also know that traditions when done thoughtlessly or without understanding become absolutely meaningless. I want to run hard from this and I’m still processing what that means for us.
What did you do for Easter and what do you think of the standard Easter activities?