Sunday, April 24, 2011
Today is Easter Sunday. Probably the holiest day of the Christian faith. I was raised Lutheran, and even though we didn't attend church on a regular basis, we did on Easter. When I was little Mom would get me a hat. Everyone had Easter hats. In church you couldn't see over all the hats. All sizes and shapes! It was all very colorful. As I have gotten older, my religious views have slightly changed. I guess it is from working in hospitals for years. Science has a way of changing the way you look at the world. Those are thoughts and feelings for another time, today is Easter. The real Easter is that Christ died for us, and then rose to heaven to be with God. I am really not sure when the bunny, basket, eggs etc. came into the picture. It seems like every holiday has some sort of commercial side. I should look it up and see when that all started. There is usually something innocent in the beginning, then it blooms into something very big. I'll let you know what I find in a later post. For most Christians this morning will have a sunrise service, probably in the rain, the traditional egg hunt, and usually a pot luck lunch. Kids will find their colorful Easter Basket full of candy, stuffed toys and maybe a small gift or two. When Jake was little, he loved looking in his Easter basket and going through what he had. When I was young, my brother would always pick out the black jelly beans. Now you can buy bags of just black jelly beans, it's kind of sad. It was fun going through all the colors. One of the things that hasn't changed is that families get together on Easter. It's another occasion that finds people gathering for a reason. Usually we eat ham, why? This year we are going in a different direction and having ribs and chicken. It's not that we don't like ham, it's just that we wanted a change. No matter, it will still feel like Easter. There will be baskets for the kids, colorful eggs, only this year they are chocolate, and the family will be together. We should really try an celebrate like this more often. The old fashioned family dinner. If you celebrate Easter, Happy Easter and I hope you find the golden egg! Take Care!