Monday, March 28, 2016

Is Easter the New Christmas?

Why do people make such a big thing of Easter? Is it the chocolate, is it the lamb? Who came first, the chicken or the egg?

I feel like I've entered a parallel universe where it's OK for grown men to prance around in scary bunny costumes and give sweeties to kids.

I can't be the only one who is freaked out by the idea of a man-size, over-zealous, chocolate-crazed giant rabbit?!

Exactly when was it that everyone started to make a big thing of it?

Bafflingly, it seems to get bigger and bigger each year!
Some kids now come downstairs to breakfast on Easter Sunday to find the giant bunny has been (WTF?) and normal rules don't apply just for today because we're going to eat nothing but chocolate all day instead!

Is it just the supermarkets and media feeding that frenzy? Force feeding us glossy or designer magazines to brainwash into equating Easter with indulgence and thinking of it as the New Christmas.

Yet so many people buy into it now. I feel like I've been in a coma for the last 10 years and missed something. The missing link between 1 small cream egg as a child and now the football team's worth of elaborate chocolate eggs for each child.

On the plus side, it's nice to have old friends contact me out of the blue and say Happy Easter, to which I mostly reply:

Happy Goddess Ēostre to you too!

It's when I see the commercialisation of pagan ideals and gods that I want to get back to the earth. Reconnect with my inner hippy and take notice of nature and tune out of the blatant exploitation of paganism.

I've blogged before about goddess Ēostre and how Easter evolved from being a seasonal reawakening and celebration of new life (hence the symbols of fertility: eggs and bunnies) into an excuse to binge on chocolate as it is today.

You can check out my Easter blogpost here:

In the meantime, I hope you're having a lovely break from work and taking some time to catch up with life and indulge in nice food, and if possible, take some nature walks and the appreciate the beauty offered by spring and new life.

Happy Goddess Ēostre !


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