Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter.

I've been thinking lately about how, much like one of my friends, I might have decided that I like Easter better than Christmas. Here's why:

1.) Easter is the reason we are Christians. Easter is the follow-through on the promise of Christmas.

2.) Easter is more low-key. It's not about cards and decorating and tons of parties and baking and presents and all the "to dos" on your list. I love those things about Christmas, but pretty soon, you find yourself thinking more about all those obligations than you are about the whole reason you're celebrating in the first place. Easter gives you time to think more about the why, because you don't have so much extraneous stuff to take care of.

3.) Easter is at the change of seasons. I love fall and spring. Winter? Not so much. But I think what I really love about fall and spring is the change of the seasons. Seeing the leaves turn or watching my plants put out new leaves and blossoms makes me happy.



Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life. ~ S.D. Gordon

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time. ~ Martin Luther

Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there. ~ Clarence W. Hall

4 comments:

A. Boyd C. said...

It took about 200 to 300 years for Christians to start celebrating Christmas, but they were already celebrating Easter during Paul's time, just a few years after it actually happened.

Originally it was just a meal, sort of an elaboration on how they celebrated the Eucharist.

Most Christians still considered themselves Jews at first, so they had their passover celebration, then Easter a few days later.

I always thought it'd be kind of cool to celebrate it that way, but never could get enough people together willing to try it.

Kayra said...

We had a Seder supper on Holy Thursday before we had our Mass. We went through the Jewish celebration, and what each food on the plate represents. It was a very nice way to walk on the footsteps of Jesus, and what He did during the last supper with his disciples.

annalise said...

Easter is my favorite holiday for all of the above stated reasons.

Nicole Bradshaw said...

These are cool ideas!

Anna Lise - I miss you. Is your cell still the same? If so, I may give you a call soon. Would love to catch up.