Today is Easter Sunday. Religious people take the day to remember the resurrection of Christ. Many of them, as well as non-religious, take this day to eat chocolate brought by an imaginary rabbit that brings candy and colored eggs. Okay, how in the hell did someone connect Easter with a rabbit, and how does a rabbit produce chicken eggs with colored shells? I will never understand that correlation.
Unlike just about every other celebratory day (some would use the word “holiday”), Easter is not set on a certain date or day of the month. New Year’s Day is always on 01 Jan. Christmas is always on 25 Dec. Mother’s Day is the second Sunday of May. Father’s Day (in the US) is the third Sunday of June. Easter has to be the oddball of the bunch. Every year it’s a different Sunday, anywhere between 21 Mar and 27 Apr. The Easter celebration falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring. So, once the first day of spring comes about, you have to wait until the subsequent full moon, then Easter is the Sunday after that. Is that clear as mud, or what?!
The world of retail really has a heyday with all these holidays. Right after Christmas, you have displays for Valentine’s Day, with New Year’s sprinkled here and there. Once that’s over, Easter is next, with maybe some St Patty’s Day. After Easter, you start to see Memorial Day and Independence Day stuff. Even before the Fourth of July, back-to-school items appear. Once school starts, it’s time for what I call “Hallowthanksmas”! That’s when Walmart and the others display, simultaneously, Halloween costumes and Christmas trees. Thanksgiving gets lost in the shuffle somewhere. So starting tomorrow, retailers turn their attention to graveyard wreaths and the red, white and blue of the American flag. If they’re not already on sale, Easter merchandise goes on clearance.
I’ve said this before in other posts, but American holiday celebrations are way, WAY too commercialized. All businesses want is for the public to spend, spend, spend. Especially at the end of the year, when people max out their credit cards to buy an exorbitant amount of gifts for people that will just be returned or exchanged a few days later.
Whatever happened to remembering the meaning of some holidays and actually spending time with family, friends and other people? So many people are still fortunate to have their parents and grandparents still alive, yet they don’t want anything to do with them. All my grandparents died over 25 years ago, and I lost my dad 14 years ago. My mom, who is in her late 80s, is still hanging in there. I haven’t visited her much due to corona, but I see her as often as things allow. If you have family members who you’re close to, and you have the ability to see them, do it. One day, they won’t be around anymore.
Today’s quote is the following:
“Easter is the only time of the year when it’s totally safe to put all your eggs in one basket.”– Author unknown