Easter Items

I came across this advert today, it made me smile, but it also made me a little bit sad.

I’m not interested in the origins of Easter Eggs and Easter Bunnies or whether Pagans once ate them or dressed up as them, nor whether if we claim they did we are also interested in the religious practices that accompanied them – no! – as you can see there is absolutely no way I could ever get easily drawn into a discussion about that! 🙂

It did make me wonder what MY list of “Easter Items” might look like:

  • Whip
  • Bloodied cross
  • Nails
  • Crown of thorns
  • Spear
  • Empty Tomb
  • Discarded graveclothes

(None of them sealed – though the tomb once was; all well used.)

I don’t know which list of Easter Items is most attractive.  My list looks a bit less fun, I guess.  It reminds me of Steve Turner’s poem:

Christmas is really
for the children.
Especially for children
who like animals, stables,
stars and babies wrapped
in swaddling clothes.
Then there are wise men,
kings in fine robes,
humble shepherds and a
hint of rich perfume.

Easter is not really
for the children
unless accompanied by
a cream filled egg.
It has whips, blood, nails,
a spear and allegations
of body snatching.
It involves politics, God
and the sins of the world.
It is not good for people
of a nervous disposition.
They would do better to
think on rabbits, chickens
and the first snowdrop
of spring.

Or they’d do better to
wait for a re-run of
Christmas without asking
too many questions about
what Jesus did when he grew up
or whether there’s any connection. 

Happy (hoppy?) Holy Week!

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