Time for a rant, I think. My posts have been too boring and nice, lately.
Easter. Where do you stand on this Christian festival? Do you think it should be holy and religious, as intended? Or should it be all about the Easter Bunny, presents, heaps of chocolate, and egg hunts? Or is there room for both?Today I went to a big supermarket that shall remain nameless, but rather a downmarket one. It is the nearest one to me that has a pharmacy, and I only went to buy cold remedies as I have a bad cold, but couldn’t resist a quick look round, as I live a sheltered life and it’s a treat to go out without TH (the husband) trailing behind. Why didn’t TH volunteer to go for me, I hear you ask? Well, he’s got a severe mega intense much more serious strain of a rare man-flu version of my cold, eg exactly the same as me, so of course he can’t lift a finger….
I was astonished by how commercial Easter had become. There were aisles of tacky Easter decorations, ornaments, cards and bunting. Plastic bunnies, bonnets and bright yellow chicks. Miles of chocolate eggs in coloured packaging. There were signs saying “Easter Bunny please stop here” which implies children are expecting gifts of some sort. I heard one woman say to her squawking child that it was ‘three more sleeps until the Bunny comes.’
Do the younger generation actually know what the purpose of Easter is? I felt like doing a quick survey on the nearest ten kids (that’s another thing, why weren’t they at school?) and I bet you anything you like that the wouldn’t mention Jesus, the last supper, a cross, a donkey, Mary Magdalene or the hill of Calvary. Do the shops actually know the purpose of Easter? All they are interested in, is making as much profit as they can.
It seems that everyone is compelled to take part in an Easter egg hunt, where you either find chocolate eggs and eat them on the route, or you have to find little plastic eggs with gifts inside, collecting all the evidence in a plastic basket, while wearing some bunny ears. This has all passed me by. My children are grown-up and have children of their own, who have been frantically making Easter bonnets all week, and designing cards at nursery for their mums.
When my children were small, we never did any of this, and neither did their friends. We bought them one medium sized chocolate egg each, and that was all. Grandparents may have added to the egg collection, but it wasn’t compulsory. At school we sang Easter hymns – “There is a green hill far away…” was my favourite, I knew all the verses and could play the tune on my recorder.
On Easter Sunday we had a roast dinner, but nothing as splendiferous as the one at Christmas, and then after a hot cross bun at teatime, it was all over. Now it seems that the shops are expecting a feeding and drinking frenzy for several days, judging by their advertising, and products piled high in the shops. You can buy hot cross buns almost every day of the year. When will it end?
And while I’m ranting, why does Easter fall on a different date every year? Wouldn’t it be simpler if it was always the same date? Think how much easier it would be for schools, and booking holidays. If Halloween always falls on the same day, which isn’t even a religious holiday, why not Easter?