The Joy of Easter is Greater than Christmas

by Melinda

Since I’m only posting once a month during the Christmas off-season, I felt it appropriate to tie April’s post to Easter.

Oh, and as I state on the Yule Be Merry HOME page: “If you’re looking for a neutral, secular website about Christmas . . . Yule Be Merry is NOT what you’re looking for.  We don’t even try to tap dance around the fact that Christmas is a religious holiday.” Given the content of today’s post I thought the reminder was appropriate for new comers to the site.

Easter is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar.  Stated another way: Easter is the foremost event in Christian history and its greatest celebration.

Today I’ll share a couple parallels between the two most significant feasts for Christians, and end with a bit of history on Easter eggs.

Both Easter and Christmas are liturgical seasons and NOT simply a one-day celebration.

EASTER: Begins on Holy Saturday with an evening vigil service, and ends with another significant event … Pentecost.  That’s a seven-week season.

CHRISTMAS: Begins on Christmas Eve and ends with another important observance . . . the Baptism of the Lord (including the Epiphany of the Lord as well).  That’s about 2 ½ weeks long.

Both Easter and Christmas celebrate renewal, hope, and joy.

EASTER: It includes commemorating the slaying of the true Lamb of God.  Holy Week invites us to embrace the Lord anew.  To begin again.

And we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, the corner-stone upon which Christian faith is built. It’s His resurrection that gives us the promise of new life, both in this world and the next.

CHRISTMAS: celebrate the Lord’s birth, his manifestation to the world, and His baptism His being born in our flesh.  Jesus in one body – true God and true man – is the marriage of heaven and earth.

And also, in our daily lives we think about the birth of a child as a beginning. We feel hope, joy and excitement.

I also promised you a bit of history about Easter eggs.

In centuries past the use of eggs was forbidden during Lent.  So they were brought to the table on Easter Day and colored red to symbolize the Easter joy.  This custom is found both in Latin and also in the Oriental Churches.

Eggs are the germination of life of early spring.  Connecting them with the new creation of mankind by Jesus through His resurrection is thought to be an invention of later times.

Have a blessed Easter season.

And remember, Christmas is only eight months away.  Help your Advent  season be even more enjoyable by getting as much done in advance as possible. Here are posts I’ve written to help you do just that:

Early Christmas Prep – Part 1

Early Christmas Shopping

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