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Easter: Faith & Fun

As the seasons change and the first sign of greenery shows through the thawing ground, there's a special feeling in the air - Easter is just around the corner.  For some, Easter is more than just a holiday.  

The Christian Easter

At its core, Easter holds profound significance in the Christian faith. It commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, three days after his crucifixion. For Christians, Easter is a time to rejoice in the triumph of life over death, hope over despair, and love over sin.

The Easter story is one of redemption and grace, symbolizing the possibility of renewal and transformation. It’s an invitation to reflect on the power of faith.

A time to remember that even when things seem impossible, there's always hope.

For many years, attending Mass every week was a very big part of my life. I held onto my faith tightly and created a nurturing environment for my daughters. However, since Covid, I haven't returned to the church. Instead, I've discovered the beauty of prayer as a deeply personal and intimate experience. While I still believe in the strength of praying together in a community, I've also found solace and strength in connecting with nature. There's something profoundly comforting about being surrounded by the natural world, where I feel a different kind of closeness and peace.

Because of the personal nature of prayer and individual beliefs, each person (if they so choose) finds their own way to connect.

The Easter Bunny

Alongside the religious observance, Easter is also famous for colorful eggs, chocolate treats, and the iconic Easter Bunny. But where did these traditions come from?

The Easter Bunny and eggs have a history that goes back to Germany. Long ago, people there thought rabbits were special animals with magic powers. They symbolized fertility and new life because rabbits often have large litters. The bunny became a playful and joyful symbol of the arrival of spring. So, the significance of the bunny was to represent the abundance of life.

During Lent, a time when people didn't eat certain foods, children who were good got treats like eggs. This was to celebrate the end of Lent.

As time passed, the Easter Bunny became a favorite character in stories. It was like a friendly rabbit that brought presents to children. People also started to play games like hiding and finding eggs as part of their Easter fun.

Over time, this tradition found its way to America through German immigrants.

While the Easter Bunny and decorated eggs seem like whimsical additions to the holiday, they carry a deep symbolism. New life and growth—children and fun - they are themes of the spirit of Easter.

There are universal thoughts that resonate with people of all backgrounds this time of year. Renewal and a promise of brighter days ahead.  A time for everyone to come together - to share smiles, hugs, and maybe a few chocolate treats. To think about what's important in life: love, kindness, and hope.

Our world is often filled with uncertainty and challenges, from our personal struggles to concerning world issues.  These thoughts and feelings at times can be quite intense and frustrating.  Easter gives us a peek—a reminder that even in the darkest of times, light will prevail.  It’s a holiday that encourages us to look beyond our present circumstances.

For the avid gardeners, Easter brings a special kind of joy as it marks the arrival of spring and the opportunity to get in the garden after the long winter. There’s a sense of anticipation as we prepare to sow seeds, tend to our plants, and watch as nature does its thing - bursting colors and fragrances.  For me gardening is a sanctuary of growth and beauty. Whether it's planting flowers or vegetable patches -it’s a time for inspiration.

Easter has always been an eagerly anticipated event in our home.  Decorations throughout the house (inside and out), Dad’s famous omelette breakfast and two very excited little girls.  

Starting early in the morning with baskets in hand, following the chocolate egg trails from each bedroom.  They would follow the trails carefully laid out throughout the house, each one leading to a surprise – small fun items like a book or a new summer hat.  And of course - the big (and most favourite) prize at the end –chocolate Easter Bunny. 

As the morning progressed, we tried to capture all the joy and excitement. These memories, etched in our hearts, make us smile every time we reminisce about them.

I’m looking forward to Easter celebrations this year with my grandson - to see what traditions are carried forward and the new ones created.

Even if you don't celebrate Easter in a religious way, you can still enjoy the spirit of the holiday. It's about being with family and friends, laughing, and making happy memories together.

So, whether you're hunting for eggs or thinking about the Easter story: this is a time to celebrate life and all the good things in it.

May your heart be filled with joy, and may you always remember the true meaning of Easter: love, hope, and the promise of new beginnings.

Happy Easter!


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