Sunday will be Easter, a time to reflect on who we put our faith in. We celebrate Easter as the day our Lord came out of the grave so all who believe can have eternal life.
For those who don't believe in the resurrection, Easter Sunday, like any other Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, is just another day.
For all of us who believe, it is a special day, a day that renews our hope and gives us peace.
Easter always reminds me of my childhood days when we gathered at Grandma's house for a special dinner and hunting eggs with the cousins. It was always a nice day.
I also remember when my children were young and how I loved to see them get their Easter baskets filled with goodies. We always went to church and then spent a couple of hours at my parents' home in Manila and then my husband's parents' home in Dell. They hunted eggs at both homes.
I don't know when rabbits and colored eggs came into the day, but I don't think it hurts the children to enjoy an egg hunt.
I have hidden my share of eggs on the outside and the inside when it is raining. When we had to come inside because of the weather, we were always careful to make sure all of the eggs were accounted for at the end of the hunt.
Most people today go with plastic eggs, and that is good, because real eggs are expensive and if you need a lot, plastic is more economical. Also, if we use the real eggs we have to worry about them going bad if out in the sun too long.
We still dye a few real ones for the grandkids to hide. I have never been a creative person. My steps includes: put the colored tablets in the plastic containers, pour in the hot water, drop in a capful of vinegar, drop the eggs in, take them out and you have pastel colored eggs.
I love the egg wraps -- I don't even have to mess with the dye. Just boil the water, put the egg in the wrap and drop it in, take it out and like magic, the wrap shrinks around the egg. Wraps are hard to find and everyone else in the family wants to dye the eggs before they are wrapped so it kind of defeats my purpose.
My grandchildren enjoy using pencils/stencils to write or draw on the eggs, using two or three colors on one egg, adding stickers, glitter, and other decorating tools.
Easter is a special day and I hope everyone takes time from their busy cooking and egg hunts to remember why we celebrate Easter.
I am sure some people will disagree with me, but I also know there are a lot of people who know what Easter is all about -- and I am not referring to new Easter shoes.