NORMAN — You may or may not be aware that for many people Easter Sunday is a greater and more important event than Christmas Day. On Easter Sunday the purpose which began with His birth, celebrated on Christmas Day, was fulfilled.
Nevertheless, in the estimation of the average dude, dudette and urchin, Christmas is the better, bigger and more significant holiday because of the presents they hope to amass. Clearly, their priorities miss the point of both feasts.
One thing both holidays have in common is the extensive preparation and related activities leading up to the long awaited day.
For example, some of the preparations for Easter begin with the colorful and chaotic orgy/gorgy, also known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. Among other things, this is the day when the masses indulge — gorging themselves on food, drinks and whatever else presents itself. All that frenzied behavior is in anticipation of Lent and the fasting and atonement period which is an important part of the preparation process.
The basic mindset of the populous seems to be, “I have to pig out and stuff my face and then on Ash Wednesday I will be a good and humble penitent, working hard to prepare for Easter.” Interestingly enough, those same folks overlook the fact that gluttony tends to be generally frowned upon no matter what rationalization they offer to excuse their behavior.
Whatever your personal beliefs and practices regarding Easter may be, the nonspiritual preparations are fun for both children and adults. And as is the case more often than not, the adults do the heavy lifting for the overworked fuzzy tailed guy, also known as the Easter Bunny.
It is so much fun to make your own chocolate rabbits and other Easter related critters rather than buy them. Some parents really get carried away and use molds to create such novelties as chocolate trains and tracks. The process is quite simple and the reaction of the happy and surprised children is well worth the extra effort.