The Amish do not observe Advent or Lent, but Easter is given special emphasis, minus all the trappings of the English world. Easter may or may not fall on a preaching Sunday. (every other week) Apparently some Amish families color eggs, but the Easter Bunny is not mentioned nor does he hide baskets full of goodies.

Bunny-on-DoorAmish also celebrate Easter Monday in some communities, a festive day of rest and a time to visit and relax with friends. The Easter season is commemorated with a communion service, which carries immense spiritual significance. Good Friday, the day Christ was crucified, is set aside as a solemn day of fasting and prayer.

What do you think of when you hear the word Easter? Bunnies and fluffy chicks? Wicker baskets laden with chocolate eggs and jellybeans? Going to church and hearing the choir sing the Hallelujah Chorus? A sense of renewal, excitement, and celebration?

Easter-Wreath-on-DoorI did not grow up in a Christian family. My mother, sister, and I used to blow eggs, paint them, and hang them from a small tree-branch brought into the house. Much later, my husband and I took our sons to church and then a massive Easter egg hunt followed by sumptuous family brunches. We’re looking forward to just such a feast next Sunday!

Rabbit-in-WindowHow about you? Do you have family traditions you continue? How do you spend your day? Do you fill Easter baskets? I’m looking for unusual ideas!

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