Thursday, March 25, 2010

Right-sizing Easter Traditions

Easter is just around the corner. It's supposed to be a time of rejoicing. However, with Easter only a week away, I am elbow deep in pointless checklists. What's on my to-do list this Easter, you ask? Here are just a few things I tend to fuss over:
    [✔]hair appointments
    [✔]matching outfits
    [✔]obnoxiously oversized baskets
    [✔]elaborate meal preparations
    [✔]family photo appointment
    [✔]hefty investments in greeting cards
Note that none of these items bear the slightest relevance to the purpose for the special day.

And so, I find myself in a new season. Learning. Breathing. Growing. Putting things back into perspective.

We're going to scale back our Resurrection Day celebration plans this year. We're going to redirect our energy towards the real reason for the season. We're going to bring our focus back into balance. We'll be right-sizing our traditions, and the first step in our overhaul plan is a simple recognition of one man who gave His life so that we all could have eternal life.

The girls will still decorate eggs and participate in a hunt or two. The Easter egg hunt is a great illustration reminding us of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection.

I'll let someone else take over this part of the story:

(On Good Friday, Jesus died. Hallelujah!)

And really for us, celebrating doesn't get more purposive than that.


Melody said...

Oh, I just love this post. Your posts have really spoken to me lately and that's why I keep coming back. I hope you have an awesome Easter remembering and celebrating our whole reason for existence.

Lisa P said...

I'll eat a Cadbury egg to that! =)

Angela C. said...

Those are some great points and they really resonate now with Christmas just having passed. The real reason for these seasons is often missed among the buzz of social activities, presents, cards and decor. Thanks for the reminder!


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