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Has anyone else thought about this?**edit**

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 10:30 AM
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What about Easter makes people buy gifts? Do we have to commercialize every holiday? Particularly the ones celebrating the birth, death or resurrection of a man who taught AGAINST materialism?

How sacrilegious does that seem? Especially for those of you who claim to be Christian? 

***I *AM* Christian. That is not what this is about. Yes, I know the origin. The question is for those who celebrate Easter as a CHristian holiday. ***


In loving memory of Daddy and Honey, lost June 30th, 2010 


"Real loss is only possible when you love something more than you love yourself.” Good Will Hunting 


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AutumnsMommy00
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 10:40 AM
My family never really celebrated easter, we to christmas, thanksgiving and birthday days.
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lenoxclan
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Ummm...WOW!...LOL

Well I "consider" myself Christian.. And I for one can teach my kids the meaning of Easter WHILE still letting them have some fun with it.. You could try looking up the origins of the Easter bunny, to see where that came about..

But, honestly..There isn't any reason why you can't do both...


mamabeth520
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 10:42 AM
We don't go "gifts" we dye eggs, then adults hide them and kids have an egg hunt. Couples get baskets of little things from grandma still lol
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lenoxclan
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 10:42 AM

The History of Easter and the Easter Bunny©   

By Arlene Wright-Correll

Since its conception as a holy celebration in the second century, Easter has had its non-religious side. In fact, Easter was originally a pagan festival.

The ancient Saxons celebrated the return of spring with an uproarious festival commemorating their goddess of offspring and of springtime, Eastre. When the second-century Christian missionaries encountered the tribes of the north with their pagan celebrations, they attempted to convert them to Christianity. They did so, however, in a clandestine manner.

It would have been suicide for the very early Christian converts to celebrate their holy days with observances that did not coincide with celebrations that already existed. To save lives, the missionaries cleverly decided to spread their religious message slowly throughout the populations by allowing them to continue to celebrate pagan feasts, but to do so in a Christian manner.

As it happened, the pagan festival of Eastre occurred at the same time of year as the Christian observance of the Resurrection of Christ. It made sense, therefore, to alter the festival itself, to make it a Christian celebration as converts were slowly won over. The early name, Eastre, was eventually changed to its modern spelling, Easter.

The Date of Easter

Prior to A.D. 325, Easter was variously celebrated on different days of the week, including Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In that year, the Council of Nicaea was convened by Emperor Constantine. It issued the Easter Rule which states that Easter shall be celebrated on the first Sunday that occurs after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. However, a caveat must be introduced here. The "full moon" in the rule is the ecclesiastical full moon, which is defined as the fourteenth day of a tabular lunation, where day 1 corresponds to the ecclesiastical New Moon. It does not always occur on the same date as the astronomical full moon. The ecclesiastical "vernal equinox" is always on March 21. Therefore, Easter must be celebrated on a Sunday between the dates of March 22 and April 25.

 

MrS.GiFFord
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 10:43 AM
Wow have a little fun with life...
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MomTo3Little1s
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 10:44 AM
Growing up, we never got "gifts" we only got candy. Went to the sunrise service and then an easter egg hunt. I did not know people got gifts for easter...
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heavenly1462
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 10:45 AM
SMH *backs out of post*
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TempestRayne
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Why does it matter? these traditions are not new, and every single Christian civilization i've researched has some kind of gift-giving associated with Easter (along with the beginning of spring). And has, for over a thousand years in most cases, lol.  Usually it is a gift of food, considering that easter comes up after lent, many different foods were not allowed.  More recently though, it has become a bit more materialistic and economic.

 

By all means, if it offends you, don't participate. :)

deathmiamore
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 10:46 AM
Easter didn't start put Christian. The christsns just like to monopolize pretty much every holiday and claim it has something to do with "god" or "jesus".
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CheyennesMommy2
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 10:47 AM
And, I spoil dd so any reason to get her stuff im up for it! :)

Quoting lenoxclan:

Ummm...WOW!...LOL


Well I "consider" myself Christian.. And I for one can teach my kids the meaning of Easter WHILE still letting them have some fun with it.. You could try looking up the origins of the Easter bunny, to see where that came about..


But, honestly..There isn't any reason why you can't do both...



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