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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:03 am 
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Is it me, or is Easter fast becoming another Christmas, albeit on a smaller scale? For us, Easter has always meant just giving Easter Eggs, and only to your immediate family.

However, I seemed to be aware alot more of people giving presents in lieu of an Easter Egg (or as well as). In a shop recently, I heard a lady (Grandma?) ask the assistant for a body-warmer/gilet jacket for her son, which he could have as an Easter present instead of an egg (I think the boy would rather the chocoalte!). I know people are well meaning, and children shouldn't have too much chocolate, but they could always buy a smaller egg...

Also, chocolate eggs are definfitely getting bigger.

The Christian message of Easter seems to be almost fully eroded now, which is a shame. I'm not expecting everyone to go to church etc, but it would be nice to think that people (of all faiths) know what it is all about, rather then cuddling bunnies, wearing hats and eating chocolate.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:25 am 
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pheasantchick wrote:
Also, chocolate eggs are definfitely getting bigger.

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The creme eggs are getting smaller....


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Pheasantchick - I completely agree - It is getting far more commercialised.

We stick to basics here - I buy Easter eggs for my two boys my husband (bless) and my father and that's it. Mum and I don't have one (see that other thread :lol: ). We have a family Easter Sunday lunch and that is it. No presents at all - maybe a bunch of daffs for mum.

I am of an age where I can remember that the only shop open in our village on Good Friday was the bakers (hot cross buns) and it was shut again by 11.30 a.m. I am not particularly religious but I don't think it would do us any harm to retreat a little on the commercial side.

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While I agree that Easter has become overly commercial, I would be wary of singling out as an example an individual whom you don’t personally know. Our two DCs have Type 1 diabetes, so we never bought them Easter eggs; instead we’d give them a book or a DVD. I’m just saying…


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:23 am 
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Fair comment Rob and I hope I didn't insult you, in fact I have a friend in the same position.

But I do feel that generally Easter has become just a bit too like Christmas and with everything being open all the time I feel sorry for those people that have to work and can't be with their families.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:01 am 
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....to the extent that not so long ago we had snow on Easter Sunday :)

The Vicar got a bit tired of all the wise guys wishing him 'Happy Christmas' at the morning service!

I don't think there is anything wrong with a DVD or book instead of chocolate but I do agree that the point of the celebration has been lost. It would be good if all those people buying Easter eggs at least understood why we mark Good Friday/Easter Sunday.


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No, not at all doodles. Just saying that there might be a good reason why the woman pheasantchick saw was buying something other than chocolate – of course, there might not be! :wink:

Totally agree that everyone should be allowed time off and not have to work. But then I like spending time with my wife and children – you’d have to ask them if the feeling is reciprocal :lol:


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Sorry - didn't mean to offend any diabetics (or relatives of). My op was just meant to be a general observation on the commercialisation of Easter, which was triggered by the lady in the shop.


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