Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter











Holiday times are always a little confusing, if you're a person rooted in individualism.

Parents know we are not raising our children in a bubble. Traditions are easily imparted on the very young through a trip to the grocery store or a visit to a public school. How is a kid not going to catch on to the fact that millions of kids are getting candy and other treats, on a holiday known as Easter?

I've written on other holidays about how we manage traditions vs. consumerism in our house. Religioustolerance.org has been a great resource for me to explore the roots of traditions and find ways to explain them to the little one. If you haven't seen the movie Zeitgeist yet, definitely check it out. It also gives you an idea of the universalism in all religions, and how if you're hatin on one, you're probably hating on all of them.
This from Religious Tolerance:

"Many religious historians believe that the death and resurrection legends were first associated with Attis, many centuries before the birth of Jesus. They were simply grafted onto stories of Jesus' life in order to make Christian theology more acceptable to Pagans. Others suggest that many of the events in Jesus' life that were recorded in the gospels were lifted from the life of Krishna, the second person of the Hindu Trinity."

In our house, Easter is a welcome holiday, because it gives us a few different things to do with our eggs. You need to get creative with eggs when you have chickens. You're always looking for something else to do with them. The brown eggs our lovelies give us turned out with these deep colors when we dyed them -- so lovely for spring. Later, after we egg hunted and ate chocolate, we watched a movie together and the RebelAngel took pictures of the dog.

And whether you love or hate holidays, or just hate their implications, sometimes it's just a good excuse to spend some quality time.

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