Celebrations around Easter are a personal and individual choice that may reflect different beliefs and philosophies. Some believe in a Christian philosophy, for others it may be a celebration of changing seasons or moon phases, and for others it is just a feast on chocolate.
The meaning behind Easter and the way in which individual’s choose to celebrate this event should be respected. Traditions evolve and change over time and quite often the original meaning or intent behind a tradition is so far evolved it has completely changed. People may reflect on their own traditions, or make decisions to create something new for their own children.
Today D (3.5 years) and I had to pop into the shops to look for some Easter egg moulds. Big mistake. As I tried to whizz past the Easter aisles flooded with chocolate paraphernalia, D hurled himself out of the trolley demanding to ‘look’. As I watched him pick up the chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs, car themed eggs, and every other themed egg imaginable, memories of my childhood started screaming at me…
I loved Easter. I vividly remember the feeling when I’d wake up Easter Sunday, wondering what the Easter Bunny had left. I even got to eat chocolate for breakfast! The sound of the crack that those hollow eggs made… the different chocolate taste only Easter eggs seemed to have… the foil on the bunnies, stiff and colourful and the myriad of mini eggs that I ate for weeks afterwards…
I snapped myself out of this nostalgia, and realised that it could be so easy to stay caught up in this and want the same for my son. Does he really have to miss out on these memorable experiences I had? Yes and No. These are my memories, my childhood and my Easters.
Of course I still want D to experience the magic of Easter. He can still hunt outside in the grass for eggs and find homemade chocolate eggs. He can still wake to find a basket that the Easter Bunny has left for him somewhere in the house; filled with lots of wholesome homemade treats and an assortment of sporting balls (I bought a range of balls instead of eggs for his first Easter when he was oblivious to eggs!) a tradition I have started for Easter. I can still make Easter fun and magical… just minus the crap.
Easter symbolises many things. Traditions are what we make of them. Our children will embrace what we create for them whether that is baskets full of chocolate in amongst sporting balls, Easter egg hunts, or coloured eggs.
What does Easter mean to you? Are you going to give your kids chocolates? Or do you have any other new traditions that you want to start with your family?