Easter isn’t what it used to be. It’s easier. It’s harder. It’s bigger.
I remember my mom dressing me up in a poofy dress, with a hat, ruffled socks and shiny white shoes, a pair of white gloves and a tiny white purse (really!). I have to find one of the pictures. I loved dressing up! We’d go to church and I’d hunt Easter eggs on the church lawn. In later year, our family would make a large picnic lunch and take it, along with our colored Easter eggs and baskets, and we’d hunt eggs amidst the Civil War artifacts in Chickamauga Park, in northern Georgia.
I remember sewing matching Easter clothes for my little ones and helping them hunt eggs, sometimes the older one taking the younger one’s eggs out of their basket, unbenownst to them. Their grandmother having a winner’s bag for a dozen different categories so there were never any losers.
These days, as my faith has deepened and matured. It has become much bigger, much more important – and more personal. We still celebrate with eggs and food and decorations, and we now have a new generation to enjoy – and teach.
Hang with me for a moment, there are pictures at the end.
When Good Friday comes each year, I know and understand the reason it’s called ‘Good’. It is only from the act of Jesus’ sacrifice on Friday, that Christians can have hope for Sunday. It is always a somber day for me. I don’t automatically move on to Sunday. Friday is a day of reflection for me, of meditating on what the cost was, what I had to do with it. You see, I understand that Jesus died not only for mankind, but he died for me.
Ahhh, but then blessed Sunday morning comes, and the sadness lifts, the joy to know that when Jesus resurrected, He was no longer God/man, but God/Son. And when our God sees me, he sees Christ, because Christ paid my debt. And I am very thankful.
I have some good news, and I have some not-as-good news. We took food pictures! I took crafty pictures! People pictures? Um, anybody?? Apparently there were a couple – just not by me … (head drops in shame). So, maybe we’ll just celebrate Easter for a few more days…
Ready for some pictures? I decorated eggs two different ways this year. I had some blown eggs that I Modge Podged, and then I boiled some eggs, cracked them to smithereens and then died them – so they looked all crackly colored for deviling. I’ll show all of the food next time.
Here is how I decorated my eggs:
I really loved how these turned out! I hope you do, too. They’re super easy to make and I used materials I already had around the house, so they were cheap to make, too. Here’s one more tip: Don’t wait until one week before Easter (or any holiday) to make decorations. It can suck the joy (and life) right out of you. DON’T DO IT (self)!
Thanks for hanging in there with me. It’s always better to travel with friends.