Do you like Easter but you're not religious? Me too. Growing up in Romania in the 90s was a strange time. During communism, any religious celebration - including getting married in church - was prohibited. That changed after the revolution and, although Romania is a secular state, it is one of the more "religious" countries in Europe. But this isn't about Romania - what I'm getting at is that I didn't grow up religious/never have been and I love holidays. So I ignore religious undertones to holidays and make up my own meanings. This gets a little harder at Easter - which is still presented as all about Christianity (and bunnies). So what do we do - especially when starting a family?
Well - a while back, Heather McDougall wrote an article about the pagan roots of Easter. I really really loved it - but it didn't help in guiding what to celebrate around Easter. So - I made it my own and turned it into a spring Thanksgiving! What's a spring thanksgiving you ask? Well - I'm happy to give you a few pointers:
1) Get together
(Chosen) Family gets together for a meal - homemade or bought, doesn't matter.
Meal is inspired by seasonal - spring - ingredients (I know this is harder in Canada depending on where you live)
3) Pick and choose traditions
Pick and choose Easter traditions you like, make them your own. The Easter Bunny? Invite them in! Painted eggs? Go ahead! Chocolate? Every damn day but more on Easter! Who's gonna stop you?
4) Make up traditions
This is my own, but you can take it. Give everyone a sheet of paper and a pen. Ask them to write 3 things they are grateful for this past winter, 3 instances where they made a difference/did something good, and 3 hopes they have for themselves during the warmer seasons. Go around your (chosen) family circle (whether it's 2 or 20 people) and have people share as much or as little as they'd like.
5) Everyone helps
Everyone helps with clean up. I'm serious about this one.
That's it. I hope this helps and may you have a wonder filled spring where you change, grow, and feel connected.
Corina and the Spectrum Team