Updated: Apr 2
"Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person" (Colossians 4:6).
Easter Saturday has always been a special day for me. I have many fond memories of assembling beautifully decorated Easter baskets, lined with crispy white linen and pussy willow twigs, filled with sweet and savory treats; then taking them to church for a blessing. I remember feeling the crispy freshness of the spring air and feeling a part of the community of people united by this tradition, who were also making their way to church, carrying their Easter baskets.
There are mixed opinions out there about the value of traditions. Some people feel that they stifle creativity and lock mindsets into fixed constructs; others see them as valuable components of cultural identities.
There is an alternative view that reconciles the two extremes. You can think about a tradition as a behavior, one that can be tweaked to make it meaningful for you, one which helps you to express a part of your inner experience that is meaningful for you, and share it with others.
The tradition of blessing food on a Easter Saturday, which is then intended as breakfast on Easter Sunday, is very dear to my heart.
It reminds me of thanksgiving–for we gather food associated with a particular symbolism; and strive to consume it in the spirit of kindness, goodwill, gratitude, and peace, on Eastern morning.
What’s in my basket
Usually baskets include beautifully decorated eggs, a symbol of hope, new life, and new beginnings.
Often there is bread, a symbol of the fruit of our work, and our hope for the difference we would like our work to make.
There is often a small container of salt, symbolizing the seasoning of our heart with mercy and kindness; and many Christians also include vinegar (or pickles), as a symbol of Christ’s passion, perhaps our own relationship with suffering.
And sweets? These can symbolize the sweetness of God's love, gratitude, and the hope for goodness to come…
Preparing Easter baskets can be a unique, practical way in which you can prepare yourself and your family for the celebration of Easter, with plenty of scope to make this tradition personally meaningful! For example, by decorating eggs with symbols of how you and your loved ones would like to see your “new beginnings” unfold.
With my warmest wishes for a peace-filled Easter celebration :-)