¿Feliz…Easter? (Posted 4-25-2011)

Cultural Lesson #423:  Spain does not celebrate Easter…who knew?!?  Not this holiday-lover.  So, now you probably know, this is Julie–not Chad.  I am the holiday person in our family.  I love traditions, meaningful celebrations, worshiping Christ through the “trappings,” …etc.  It took Chad and I something like four years of marriage to agree on how to celebrate Christmas because with my preferences, Chad thought Christmas should be over by December 2.

Before this past week, I would have told you that Easter is one of the holidays in which I’m still looking for meaningful traditions to help us celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection.  For years I have wanted to celebrate in meaningful ways and yet Easter has always snuck up on me.  We’ve done different things, like buy fresh flowers to celebrate the resurrection and the new life that Christ gives, or we’ve gone to a special service at a large mega-church to enjoy an all-out worship party with hundreds of other people.  Regardless, I have anticipated a beautiful, worshipful service at church followed by some sort of fun/special activity involving food and when possible, time outside.  Little did I realize how much I enjoyed all the activity around me even if I didn’t directly participate in it.

Imagine this:  No Easter eggs.  No Easter dresses.  Nothing extra special at church.  No Good Friday service.  No mention of Palm Sunday.  No greetings of “Happy Easter” or “He is Risen/He is Risen Indeed!”  Nothing in the stores or malls to mention the day.  Basically, a normal day…to mark the most incredible event in history–the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead!

Talk about a tough lesson for me to swallow.  Thankfully, our church did talk about the resurrection in prayer and throughout our worship time, and as you all know, we LOVE our church here in Spain.  As I said, cultural lesson #423.  Now I know for next year that it’s time to choose my traditions and get started.  Whether this country acknowledges it or not, Christ is alive and His life is the best thing all year to celebrate!  And who knows?!  Maybe God will bless us with the opportunity to share our joy and invite others to join in the party!  🙂

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Cor 5:21

“…Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said…” Matt 28:5-6

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