WHEN DID EASTER BECOME SUCH A BIG DEAL?

EASTER

Before I get into this I just want to point out that it is in no way my intention to offend anyone with this post. If Easter is a big event to you and your family, that’s cool. This is just my own observation about how Easter seems to have changed in recent years. ¬†Of course I understand that for religious families, Easter is a very important time and really I’m not looking at this from a religious perspective at all.

For me growing up Easter was all about chocolate eggs and I guess we would have had a Sunday roast too, but that’s something we’ve always done regularly and still do now. So it’s not out of the ordinary or particularly special if you know what I mean. It was all pretty standard stuff.

I think that how Easter was for you as a child is generally how you celebrate it with your own children. So for us, the kids just get a ton of chocolate eggs and that’s pretty much it. This year we didn’t even buy the kids any chocolate, just because they get so much from the rest of our family that it seems silly to add to it. We have done Easter egg hunts in the past, which are really fun but we didn’t do one this year. Partly due to lack of time and partly because the puppy probably would have found them and eaten them before the kids! I’m sure we’ll do one next year but the kids really didn’t miss it this year.

This year on social media I have noticed a lot of extravagant gifts, huge family meals to rival Christmas, people popping open the fizz on Easter morning. Basically, for a lot of people it seems like Easter is a second Christmas! It’s something I’ve noticed in the shops too, brands are cashing in on Easter more than ever and it’s become too commercialised.

For us, Christmas is more than enough for one year. It’s expensive and the kids get spoilt but it’s once a year and it’s special. But do we really need another Christmas? More expense and pressure to have a perfect time? Personally, I don’t think so and we will definitely just be sticking with the chocolate.

I did mention this on Instagram and Facebook recently and a lot of people seemed to agree with me. But I’d love to hear from you. What do you think to this? Has Easter become like a second Christmas? How do you celebrate it?

Thank you for reading.


 

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  1. April 10, 2018 / 3:41 am

    As a religious family, Easter is a BIG deal. In fact, significantly bigger than Christmas. I grew up with an easter tree (having grown up in Germany) and that is a tradition I have continued with my children. I love that the choice of decorations is now rapidly increasing as Easter becomes more commercialised. We would also have a big family buffet in the evening. My husband’s family have always given one or two little gifts as well as eggs, just because of the nature of it. With it being more important than Christmas, they want to reflect that and would actually rather spend money at easter than at Christmas. They would also have a big family roast at lunchtime. So together we combine the traditions from both sides making easter one huge celebration. I like that it is becoming a bigger celebration nationally, and more significant to people. In Germany it felt like more of an occasion and I miss that! And I understand that for non-religious people it may seem to be becoming very commercialised, and I suppose it is as shops have twigged and are joining in. and with social media this becomes significantly exaggerated with people being able to show off their purchases and traditions more easily probably leading shops to realise they’re onto a good thing. But the comments this year are becoming really annoying. I’ve read a number of articles where people have been criticising how much others are celebrating and spending on easter. I know these articles are just light hearted but I’ve spent a lot of time being offended and feeling silly and I know I shouldn’t. We dont go all out at Christmas like others do, allowing us to make easter just as big a celebration. This has been the case all my life, and I’m liking the fact that the shops are making more available in terms of cards and decorations etc, but people don’t have to join in or feel pressured into anything they’re not comfortable with if that isn’t normal for their family!

  2. April 10, 2018 / 8:28 am

    I totally agree with you on this, we have a roast like we do every Sunday and the children get a few chocolate eggs and that’s it. On Facebook I seen people having huge piles of gifts out for their children and posting photos on social media, madness! Xx

  3. April 10, 2018 / 11:37 am

    I agree with you totally, and like Christmas its lost what its really about. As a Christian Easter is a special time, but its a personal time too… we sing and go to church together and crack open an Easter egg each, enjoying the season together. Ill make a resurrection garden with the kids for poppys grave, and have considered making an easter cake as a special desseert, but thats it. We have never got them gifts or gone all out and we have the same sunday dinner we have every week after church! I Too do not understand why it warrants for extravagance and giving your kids loads of stuff and all that. Meh x

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