Some more, please: A crazy cultural event

2011-04-20 14:04

Easter – such a strange juxtaposition of pain and pleasure.

The religious stuff is so desperately depressing while the food part of the festival is such a sweet delight.

I am strictly a Christmas churchgoer – cheerful hymns are more my thing than sin-heavy sermons that are unseemly in their attention to Jesus’ suffering.

So really I am a cultural Christian rather than a religious one and it’s the food that interests me – most of which is cooked up from Easter’s pagan roots.

The eggs of course are linked to fertility, which is what the pagan festival was all about and the rabbit aka the Easter Bunny is also an ancient symbol of fertility.

The actual Easter Bunny is, it seems, a German construct who brought eggs and toys to children and travelled with the emigrants to America in the 1700s.

The rest is a great example of really good marketing.

Though officially last year was the toddler’s first Easter, in reality her father had to find the eggs as she was too young to comprehend the tradition.

And we shamelessly ate them all, sparing her not a crumb.

This year I think she’s ready to go forth and find far too much chocolate – if she can beat the dogs to it.

Of course, I still won’t allow her to eat most of it and I have been trying to think of ways to change out chocolate for something less teeth-rotting and sleep-inhibiting.

The only solution I can think of so far is to pop toys into plastic egg-shaped containers and hide those along with the eggs.

In the real world I won’t have time to do this and will end up buying a whole lot of bunnies and eggs, hiding them in a hurry and then spend the rest of the day plotting the disappearance of the toddler’s stash in the hopes that Easter Sunday will be the only day of the year with a 10pm bedtime.

But what can you do?

No matter how ridiculous or self-defeating, culture is culture and we cling to it no matter what.

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