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Easter meaning 9 years 6 months ago #3894

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Whilst sat at home today , enjoying the extra days off that Easter brings thoughts of my younger years came back to me.

Coming from a very catholic household, Easter had a huge build up - starting with lent and the giving up of something I held dear (normally sweets or a toy), leading up to Palm Sunday when we paraded around our church - inside & out carrying palm leaf crosses ( I actually still have one of them in my memory box). No mention of Easter eggs was made , now that is all it seems to be about.

I was really reminded of this when discussing family friends with my husband - the wife had gone off for a few days whilst the husband had to work - to me like Christmas, Easter will always be a family time.

What does Easter mean to you ? Is it just another bank holiday with endless traffic queues, another reason to meet up with relatives you have not seen for a long time or does it still mean something else to you.

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Re: Easter meaning 9 years 6 months ago #3923

It does seem like a family time for me too. We usually have special sit down meal probably on the Sunday or Monday. Our 3 eldest are not always around these years (mid 20's) The toddlers make it a bit hectic with drinks, peas and adult plate envy (why do they always want what we have even though its the same?).
We didn't have any eggs this year simply because its a hyped up way of selling chocolate for more £ per gram than a 200g slab of choccy is. I eat choccy all year round so not phased by eating choccy bar at Easter. And one thing I've learned is that toddlers only cope with a small amount of choccy before their behaviour becomes very challenging. So they get a bit of white chocolate now and then.
I would normally goto church but it just isn't practical at the moment with the 3 little ones.
I caught part of this program on Friday morning so wanted to watch it online another time. The program wasn't quite what I expected but it was informative.
Also caught a bit of Jesus Christ Superstar. Strange film. I think I like the childhood memory of it more than actual film - but I like that I recognise some of the songs from school.
So Easter is normally a special time for me but right now I just don't seem to be very 'spiritually' connected.
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Re: Easter meaning 9 years 6 months ago #3932

Easter ???

Like all of these periods of celebration over the year, the comercial appeal has become far too great.

I was born into a "normal" Christian family, and we were brought up to understand the real meaning of Easter and Christmas and to celebrate it as such. Im not saying we didnt have gifts and eggs, we did, but we also understood the reason why the gifts were being given.

its an unfortunate state of affairs, and shows just how far society has come, the fact that children these days are not being taught, at school or at home, the reason that we have these celebrations.

I have worked in numerous secondary schools and primary schools across the UK as a youth worker and have been into some schools where 12 and 13 year olds still dont understand the meaning of easter or christmas, all they realise is that they will be getting some presents or eggs (numerous) and will be getting some time of school, every year until they turn 16 !

You might be reading this and be thinking that im a practising christian or deeply religious - im not, im just someone who hopes that whilst my child grows up and goes thru the education system and learns about all the different religions and celebrations held thru out the year, that upon that they also learn to still spend time with their family and not forget the the reasons why they are celebrating it in the first place.

Just some thoughts ... its been a hard day at work !

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Re: Easter meaning 9 years 6 months ago #3937

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I could not agree more - Easter, Christmas, Valentines day, Mothers day, Fathers day - the list is endless of commercial opportunities for making the "extra buck".

I am not a practicing catholic but having brought to believe in this faith ( and others) I try to instil in my daughter that all periods of celebration are more than just the latest gift. Unfortunately the peer pressure to show off the latest iPhone, ipod etc is such that parents succumb.

Lots of families meet up only at these times of year and if these celebrations achieve I suppose that must be worth all the hype ;)

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