I have fond childhood memories of Easter. Due to my denouncement of Father Christmas at an early age, my mother went to great lengths to reinforce the existence of the Easter Bunny as long as she could. I recall waking up on Easter Sunday morning to find bunny footprints throughout the house. My ‘Easter Bunny’ was so committed that they left a treasure map or riddles to assist me in finding the hidden eggs which they had secretly delivered during the night.
However, as an adult I find that my opinion of, what should be, a very special time of year has been tainted by commercialism and mass production of chocolate eggs and hot-cross buns. Yet, this year I am counteracting my disillusion by finding ways to celebrate Easter in such a way that reinforces the Good News behind the holiday.
One of my first commitments on this blog was to only buy Fairtrade chocolate. Fairtrade sales make up a small proportion of the 80 million Easter eggs made and sold in the UK each year. Yet, if more of us bought them the beneficial impact on cocoa farmers’ lives would be incredible. Brands such as Green and Blacks or Divine are widely available from local supermarkets or through online retailers such as ethicalsuperstore.com.
As so much of the focus of this holiday is on an over-sized, egg-distributing bunny (how was I ever that gullible?), it seems an opportune time to spare a thought for animals, namely real egg producers: chickens. I made a personal commitment a long time ago to never buy eggs produced by cage or battery hens. Unfortunately, it becomes almost unavoidable when consuming ready-made items from the supermarket such as bakery goods, mayonnaise etc. So, from now on I am going to try as hard as I can to either make that particular item from scratch or check the ingredients to ensure that free-range eggs have been used. Another way to show support for our furry and feathered friends is by visiting the RSPCA or Battersea Dogs and Cats Home Easter stores. There is the option to select alternative Easter gifts for family and friends or you could do what I did and purchase a special Easter meal for a dog or cat awaiting adoption. When I consider how spoiled our scruffy mutt is, it is the least I can do!
Post-blogging, I am feeling far more positive about the approaching Easter festivities. In fact, I am so enthused that I may even follow World Vision’s advice and make my own Easter chocolates this year. Now that’s good news!