I remember many Easter mornings coming into the living room and seeing the large basket filled to the brim with candy, toys and other misc. goodies. My heart and taste buds leaped for joy as I ravaged forward toward my morning reward. The more candy the better and I'm sure my parents paid dearly many holidays.
One article I found online from The Fiscal Times listed expected Easter spending for 2012 to increase (from 2011 stats) by 11% to the budget crippling tune of $16.75 Billion. . . . . YES, I said BILLION!
The article also lists the avg. spending of Americans age 18 or older at approximately $145.28. As you can imagine, these figures are materialized in everything from new Easter outfits, candy, baskets, decorations, cards, and we can't forget Easter Dinner! I'm sure there's something I'm missing to make up the $16.75 BILLION. . . . . sorry, but I can't resist bolding and highlighting that figure in red. It's so astronomical that I can't bypass it's significance relating to how we view holidays in our society.
Gift baskets from Meijers
Anything your Easter-filled heart desires from Target
Do I even need to mention good ol' price cutting Wal-Mart? Really? Are the inflatable bunnies on the lawn really necessary???
*SIGH* I must admit that I've bought into the Easter myth for many years, mindlessly buying more stuff, more candy. . . . MORE JUNK. Apparently, not much has changed with the 'meaning' of Easter from when I was younger. This is clearly evident when you look around at the merchandising machine of the 'American' way. No holiday is safe from the marketing ploy to buy more stuff for others or in a shallow attempt to make yourself feel good. :(
|In my opinion. . . I think the devil created peeps, lol! ;)|
But S-Money$ and I don't want to keep doing things this way simply because it's how we've done it in the past. In the past we missed the main point of this holiday. . . . and that was JESUS. I wonder, like us, how many others call themselves Christians yet leave out the key component of this holiday - the key to our salvation, the answer to our sin??? But not anymore! We can't keep going on the wrong path. S-Money$ and I are determined to make this change - not just for us but for our children's sake. I don't want them to get older and celebrate Easter thinking it is only about candy, baskets, people dressed up in awful bunny costumes coaxing the kids to 'smile for the camera', etc. It makes a total mockery of all JESUS has done for us by conquering sin, death and Satan yet not even acknowledging Him during this time. Rising from the dead to show that the evil one and death cannot hold Him. AMEN! THAT is what I want our children to remember. That is the essence of this day. And THAT is the TRUTH!
We made sure this year to cut our spending to $15 per child with gifts, very minimal candy and even a small egg hunt that the kids knew were from Mom & Dad; not the Easter Bunny. We also did an activity making resurrection rolls to signify Christ's death, burial and resurrection (hence the name of the rolls) along with the story of why this is so important to us and our eternity. See, we can be in the world but not of it. We can take some aspects - like the joy of gift giving - and redeem it in a more positive way. We don't have to live blindly when Christ has so graciously given us a chance to see.
Have a Happy Easter remembering first and foremost that He Is Risen!!