We decorated some Easter Eggs last night. Miss K’s first experience with dyeing eggs (although she was much more concerned with the fabulous dolly’s that grandma got her). It felt like when I was a kid. Nostalgia.
The tri-colored eggs are my husbands. He is such a “right brain-er” and I love it. I was watching him make these dual colored/tri-colored eggs and was thinking, “hey! that’s not the way you are supposed to do it! You are supposed to dip them in one color….” and wouldn’t you know that they are the prettiest? My left-brain mentality gets in the way sometimes and I am working on that. Not EVERYTHING has to be done “by the book”.
It was a fun craft time and another lovely addition to the season.
BUT….What I am REALLY thinking about is tomorrow. Good Friday.
WHY IS IT that people, in general, ignore this holiday? I’m not saying that people do it intentionally or purposefully, but very little attention is paid to (in my opinion) one of the most IMPORTANT day/holidays in the Christian faith. Tomorrow is what set the stage for the resurrection. Why isn’t it more celebrated? Do you think it is because it is so painful to think about (because I get that), or is it because people just don’t want to have to make everything more “religious” than it has to be? I’m seeing that more and more. Everything is secularized these days. Even by “Christians”….and I’m finding that we are totally buying into it. Can you help me figure it out?
I am not guilt free. I was making an Easter basket for Miss K and saw the small pile of gifts I have for her and my husband. I was standing up, and staring at the floor as it all laid, ready to be be-dazzled in her basket. There was two Dora the Explorer toys, an airplane and a book. NONE of which had to do with the Risen Lord. I was disappointed with myself. We try so hard to keep Christ the focus in our family, but I was in a hurry (maybe that is the problem?) and just picked up what I found. I don’t mean to get all crazy strict with the Easter basket thing. I believe it is the undertone of your families traditions that creates the importance/priority of the holidays…but STILL. What was I thinking? I want Miss K to grow up and know that Good Friday/Palm Sunday/Christmas/ and Easter are about Jesus and His setting us free. NOT about eggs, bunnies, baskets/Santa/elves/presents and good food. NONE of which are bad…just not the center. And no…I’m not going to return all the stuff. It’s fun and she will enjoy it, but I was still reminded that I have to be intentional about making our priority as a family to focus on the meaning of the holiday. And that isnt Dora and Diego.
So…in your opinion…what do you think it is that makes/causes/allows us to glide over certain holidays and ignore the real meaning of them? And if you feel that you don’t struggle with this, let us know how you keep the real meaning the “focus”. I would love to hear what you have to say!! I am always looking for great ideas to remind us all of the stuff we are living for….