Luke 22:19 “And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.”
Our family is jumping on the crazy train a bit more this year. We don’t do the Easter bunny, shocking I know. We have however given the kids small baskets of candy and the girls get a new pair of “Easter” gloves and Hunter has gotten a new match box car. We make resurrection cookies and try to teach them the real meaning of “Easter” thru our dialect and with our younger ones using the resurrection eggs. I confess though, that after our sunrise service we come home to host Easter lunch followed by an awesome Easter Egg hunt, that we repeat a billion times until all of the neighborhood kids are pooped and tired of hunting.
This year will be different. It will not look like our typical “Easters.” Did you know that Easter was not actually celebrated until 1870? “Easter—the name Easter comes to us from Ostera or Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, for whom a spring festival was held annually, as it is from this pagan festivalthat some of our Easter customs have come” (Hazeltine). The goddess Easter was no different. She was one goddess with many names—the goddess of fertility, worshipped in spring when all life was being renewed.
The following comes from Egyptian Belief and Modern Thought, James Bonwick, pp. 211-212: “Eggs were hung up in the Egyptian temples. Bunsen calls attention to the mundane egg, the emblem of generative life, proceeding from the mouth of the great god of Egypt. The mystic egg of Babylon, hatching the Venus Ishtar, fell from heaven to the Euphrates. Dyed eggs were sacred Easter offerings in Egypt, as they are still in China and Europe. Easter, or spring, was the season of birth, terrestrial and celestial.”
Crazy, I will be honest it was not until we started looking into and researching this that we felt something had to change. I totally get it…celebrate Easter and make it religious and forget that Easter was a pagan holiday. Morphing spring and eggs into a a symbol of Christ’s ressurection took some awesome creativity and human resasoning, that my uncreative brain can not wrap it’s self around. But wait Easter isn’t a pagan holiday, it’s in the Bible. Well, no actually the PASSOVER is in the Bible.
So our family will begin to celebrate the PASSOVER. We will celebrate the fact that the lamb that was slain and whose blood was placed over door posts in the old testament was replaced by the ONE and true perfect King, that he was beaten and hung on a cross to raise three days later so that we can have eternal life with Him. That is what we will celebrate! We want to rehone our families focus on Him, what He has done. We admit to watering down the greatest gift ever given to us by worldly fun and traditions. We can have fun and enjoy silliness on other days.
Bill has asked me if together we could research and learn what a traditional Passover meal and weekend looks like and that together we can work together as a family to remember what Christ did for us on the cross. It is exciting to learn these things together as a family and to implement them now!
Remember how we don’t do Santa? Imagine my horror when my child got out of the car with a picture of her with santa and Mrs. Clause (DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON WHY SANTA WAS AT THE CHURCH, SERIOUSLY) and gave it to her grandmother. Bill equally horrified asked her why she gave it to her and she said “well she doesn’t have any pictures of me and I wanted her to have one.” So now that we are jumping off the “Easter” train, no doubt she will cough up a picture of her with a six foot rabbit to pass out to someone else. I LOVE THAT GIRL!!