Resisting the Commercialism of Easter
Christians around the world celebrate Easter to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ! It is a joyous occasion and one of the most important holidays we have. However, like many holidays, Easter is subject to commercialization by marketers, candy companies and the greeting card industry. As Christians, dealing with the commercialization of Easter can be tough and it is important we don’t forget the true meaning of this holy holiday.
The Commercial Side
Easter most certainly has a commercial side. It can easily be seen by the mounds of jelly beans, chocolate Easter eggs and marshmallow chicks that appear in stores every year right after Valentine’s Day. While decorating Easter eggs and giving Easter baskets is a fun way to celebrate the holiday, we must never forget the real reason we observe Easter is to honor the death and resurrection of Jesus.
When In Doubt, Read
If you’re feeling like the commercial side of Easter has taken too large of a role in your life, try reminding yourself of the real reason for this holiday by rereading the Easter story. From The Last Supper to the crucifixion, Jesus’ resurrection is one of the most compelling stories in the Bible and will help you remember why Easter is one of the most important holidays for Christians worldwide.
Show Some Passion
A “Passion Play” is a dramatic presentation depicting the “Passion” of Jesus Christ including his trial, suffering and death. It is a traditional part of the Easter celebration in many Christian denominations. So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the number of Easter baskets you have to buy, consider buying tickets to a Passion play instead. The story of Jesus’ resurrection will make you instantly forget about any marshmallow treats you may be craving.
That’s What Lent Is For
Several denominations celebrate Lent as a special time of prayer, reflection, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter. During Lent, you can commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxury as a form of repentance. So, if you do observe Lent, consider giving up all Easter treats like chocolate bunnies and chocolate Easter eggs so as a way to deal with the commercialization of Easter while honoring Jesus at the same time!
Find Comfort In Church
Attend church services to remind yourself of the true reason we celebrate Easter. From Ash Wednesday and Good Friday to Palm Sunday and Easter services, there are plenty of opportunities for you to honor this holy season with a church service. And since there are so many occasions, you will have several options when you want to honor or celebrate Easter in a way that is true to your heart and won’t give in to commercialization!