Honestly though. It's never up there. Christmas usually wins, Halloween makes a surprising showing (surprising to me anyway, since I'm NOT a Halloween person) even Thanksgiving has a following, but Easter? *crickets*
(I just got curious and looked it up and apparently the German immigrants to America brought with them an Easter tradition of an egg-laying rabbit called Osterhase. There you go.)
If I lay out the meaning or true spirit of each holiday we celebrate, there are some pretty special reasons. The birth of the Savior, patriotism, gratitude, love, family history, freedom, new beginnings, parents, and divination/haunting (oh wait...yup still don't love that one.) If we take away all the traditions and emotional connections we've developed to certain holidays and are left with just the purpose of the celebration, Easter wins the day by a long shot. The celebration of our risen Savior, the new life we are given through Him, The most important event in all history upon which every truth is built. Pretty important. Almost intimidatingly so.
As Austin and I grow this little family of ours we take each family tradition, hold it an arms length away, and study it. What purpose is it serving? Does it bring us to Christ? Does it teach something true? Some traditions have fallen away and others have been given new life. With the precious little time we have on earth and the even shorter time we have to teach our children, the things we spend money, time and energy on will make a big difference.
We very quickly determined that Easter needed a bit more time and energy (and maybe even money) to make it big, emotional, and memorable. My kids won't be forced to like Easter best of all, but you can be sure it will be in the running.
I took some time to ponder, how do I go about making a holiday special? Why do I love Christmas so much?
Christmas has a certain amount of anticipation involved. We start talking about it at least an entire month before it arrives. There are sights, smells, colors, sounds, and tastes that we associate with that time of year. Every one of our senses is treated to something so unique that eating a gingerbread cookie or seeing a Christmas tree in July seems out of place. There are traditions of service, giving, family time, story telling, decorating, and eating that give the whole experience beauty even if you have no idea what the holiday is really about.
For my part, I'm on a mission to create meaningful sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and colors for Easter. Maybe that means a little less pink and a little less fluffy bunny.
I want to start talking about it sooner, decorate for it in a bigger way, collect Easter songs (fun ones and reverent ones,) maybe we will make a resurrection garden, have a Passover meal, make matching jammies, deliver cookies, establish "Easter colors." The possibilities are endless.
What have you done in your families to make Easter special? Impart your wisdom friends!