Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.
~ Clarence W. Hall
As Easter approaches just around the corner an article about how to have a frugal Easter was appropriate I thought.
The key to enjoying Easter frugally and inexpensively is to understand really what the celebration is. And indeed it is a celebration.
Easter as most of you will know celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection on the third day after his crucifixion. Easter is celebrated after the 40 days of Lent in the Catholic and other Christian traditions.
Lent is a period of fasting, prayer and penance. It is taken over 40 days starting from Ash Wednesday to Maundy Thursday.
Maundy Thursday is the Holy Thursday, the day before Good Friday and the start of Easter.
Lent is taken for 40 days to represent the 40 days the Jesus fasted in the dessert in preparation for his public ministry. Many of you will recall that he was tempted by Satan during that time.
Lent and the period in the Christian or Catholic calendar that start on Ash Wednesday and finishes through Easter on Easter Sunday is in my opinion the most solemn and also important tradition and religious time for most Christians and certainly Catholics. In fact it should be.
It is a time about Jesus’ great sacrifices for all of us, our betrayal of him and his ultimate sacrifice of giving up his life for our sins so that we might know salvation. It culminates with his rebirth on the third day from his crucifixion. A celebration and a promise that we might find salvation and be reborn when we die in the kingdom of heaven.
There is nothing more important in my mind in the Christian religious calendar then this.
But Easter Sunday is a celebration and we would do well to celebrate Easter. But we can do it cheaply and inexpensively.
But because I am vegan I want to take a moment to point out the dichotomy of celebrating Christ’s resurrection with slaughtering lambs and pigs so that we might eat them in celebration on Easter Sunday.
Do you honestly think Jesus would sit down to a meal of slaughtered baby sheep or pig especially considering how cruelly most of these gentle creatures are treated. If we value Christ as the Lamb of God, perhaps we would do well to value the lives of other lambs we slaughter wantonly.
So enjoying a plant based Easter Sunday dinner is a great way to save money and mirror the compassion and kindness and gentleness that Christ personified.
Another way to celebrate Easter cheaply is to make it all about the kids. Kids just love to have fun and they can be pleased very easily.
Growing up my parents only bought us 2 or 3 chocolate Easter eggs or Easter bunnies to enjoy. But we spent an hour or more in the garden and house searching high and low for these Easter treats. It was some of the funnest times I still remember and yet very inexpensive.
For $10 or less per child you can get each of your chidden 2 or 3 chocolates to enjoy on Easter Sunday. Hide them in the garden and the house and you and your kids are in for buckets of fun.
Why not create some cheap Easter crafts too. I don’t use eggs so I don’t recommend painting eggs for Easter. But what about letting the whole family draw, paint or write poetry about what Easter means to them. This is fun for mom and day all the way down to the toddlers.
You can also sculpt your own Easter eggs from clay and then bake them in the oven and once cooled, paint them bright colours.
The most important things to do on Easter whether you are very rich or you’re on a tight Easter budget is to spend the day with family and friends. You can play your favourite board game. You can play cards or go out for a walk. The key is to remember that Easter is a celebratory feast and religious holiday and can be done very inexpensively.