With Easter fast approaching I’ve been thinking about traditions.
Traditions and celebrations throughout the year are important to our family – patterns of life that give shape to the onward movement of time. Traditions that we repeat and seasons we observe situate us within a different mode of time – one that is more like a circle than a line – bringing us back to times and places we have been to before.
Whether it’s New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, Spring Equinox, Mother’s Day, Lent, Easter, Advent, Christmas – they are there waiting for us each year. Or perhaps on a smaller scale there are weekly traditions – on Saturday mornings my husband always makes us all pancakes or on birthday mornings we always have croissants.
For us I can see both the annual and the weekly traditions bring great comfort to our children. They know what to expect. They recall memories. With so much that is changing in life, they still feel they belong, they can take the joy of the past with them into the future.
So when it comes to Easter celebrations I am not going to try and be original, but the reverse. We will consiously try and celebrate Easter in the same way we did last year.
I’ll share some of our traditions with you tomorrow.