By Kate Barnes
Despite current world events, kids are still crazily excited with Easter almost here! Actually let’s be honest.. it’s more the thought of all that CHOCOLATE!
For me, Easter just hasn’t been on the radar with everything else that’s going on this year. The thought of not spending it with extended family is upsetting, along with massive amounts of processed sugar hitting their immune systems! BUT… it’s Easter. And there is so much more to love about it. All the little traditions Easter brings, i.e. egg hunts, family meals, the ‘Easter bunny’ visits, new PJs for the kids, decorating, lazy days, etc.
The usual excessive commercialisation puts me off, yet I haven’t felt that this year, probably due to less visits to the shop.
Like many things that are easily accessible, the ritual, tradition, the symbolism and the excitement becomes diluted and sometimes the festival doesn’t mean as much. I feel Easter is going to be more special this year as we have more time for it. Let’s see.
That aside, I am excited at the festivity and how it brings our family together even more… food is an important element of galvanising the gathering and the celebration. Tradition, holiday, food and family - an awesome combination and so Easter is always a special time.
If you don’t already have your own Easter traditions, this Easter I invite you to cultivate your own traditions and rituals and firmly establish what Easter means to you and your family. It will work magic.
The other thing about Easter is it’s easy to over indulge, and then the heavy feeling of guilt weighs on our minds (and bodies).
The more I do my work, the more I see that food really is secondary to our health.
If we’re stressed out about WHAT we eat, e.g. ‘is it healthy?’, ’should I be eating that?’, ’is it going to make me fat?’, ’is it going to make me sick?’. THAT is what’s going to make us sick. Our thoughts.