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NewryH

Easter getting more like christmas

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Well easter is over (thankfully). It seemed to me to be more of an event this year in the pointless commercialism stakes anyway. Tesco was like a panic buying frenzy because the shop would actually be closed for a day. An appearance of Easter cards in my household that never used to happen. Easter egg buying  was at a new high. It used to be just cheap old smartie eggs (3 for a fiver) for the kids. Now - again in my house - Thorntons did really well, with eggs and chocolates for kids AND the adults presented in fucking bags with fancy decorative paper stuffed in to look good.

I also ate silly amounts of chocolate, much more than at Christmas so maybe I'm on a sugar downer.

Didn't notice much religion, again a bit like Christmas.

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9 minutes ago, NewryH said:

Well easter is over (thankfully). It seemed to me to be more of an event this year in the pointless commercialism stakes anyway. Tesco was like a panic buying frenzy because the shop would actually be closed for a day. An appearance of Easter cards in my household that never used to happen. Easter egg buying  was at a new high. It used to be just cheap old smartie eggs (3 for a fiver) for the kids. Now - again in my house - Thorntons did really well, with eggs and chocolates for kids AND the adults presented in fucking bags with fancy decorative paper stuffed in to look good.

I also ate silly amounts of chocolate, much more than at Christmas so maybe I'm on a sugar downer.

Didn't notice much religion, again a bit like Christmas.

I don't know what it's like there now, but I was surprised when I was in the States, getting on for 20 years ago, that there was no fuss made about Easter whatsoever: no commercial frenzy; I don't even remember a holiday.

I almost prefer Easter to Christmas: it's still easy to avoid the over-the-top commercialism, as it doesn't yet feel obligatory to do the cards, tree etc. Nicer time of year, as well. As for religion, you're free to go to church if you want. It's the most important festival in the Christian calendar.

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11 minutes ago, BurntBread said:

I don't know what it's like there now, but I was surprised when I was in the States, getting on for 20 years ago, that there was no fuss made about Easter whatsoever: no commercial frenzy; I don't even remember a holiday.

I almost prefer Easter to Christmas: it's still easy to avoid the over-the-top commercialism, as it doesn't yet feel obligatory to do the cards, tree etc. Nicer time of year, as well. As for religion, you're free to go to church if you want. It's the most important festival in the Christian calendar.

Still the same, almost completely uncommercialised. 

They don't have the two bank holidays so I suspect that's a major reason it's not caught on. 

 

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There seemed to be more Easter sales advertised as well for shopping. 

I used to work for a US company and remember only having one day off at Easter. They tend not to have religious holidays apart from Christmas.

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Easter can't be commercialised in the same way as Christmas, because it is a moveable feast and therefore harder to plan for. 

One holiday which seems to have been almost completely forgotten is Whitsun or the feast of Pentecost, which used to be a big celebration in the UK up until the 1950s or so. 

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1 minute ago, Austin Allegro said:

One holiday which seems to have been almost completely forgotten is Whitsun or the feast of Pentecost, which used to be a big celebration in the UK up until the 1950s or so. 

That was the day that had its public holiday moved and renamed something forgettable like Spring Bank Holiday in the 70s for some reason

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My kids do seem to have got a couple more eggs than last year, but I think that's just the vaguaries of their ages and who we have met up with over the period. I haven’t noticed much difference generally. Halloween has definitely become a much bigger thing, Easter not so much.

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24 minutes ago, Panther said:

That was the day that had its public holiday moved and renamed something forgettable like Spring Bank Holiday in the 70s for some reason

i want trafalga day brought back has a bank holiday

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I thought this thread was going to be about the Daily Express predicting Snowmageddon for April. Even if they didn't!

[Hastily puts away copy of Global Warming for Trolls] 

They told me I had to wear something red for Pentecost at church - I threatened to turn up wearing a suit made out of newspaper ;)

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Mrs H. insisted on an 'Easter tree' this year. After I'd stopped laughing I realised she was serious so I got to work building the 'Easter tree' which consisted of some twigs with eggs hanging off them.

This is now, apparently, 'a thing'.

Then began the unspoken tribalism between my parents and the in-laws, this time manifesting itself in a 'who can buy the kids the biggest easter egg competition'. Each day saw the arrival of a different egg culminating in the victors (my folks) knockout blow of a solid, 1kg chocolate bunny that feels like a housebrick. The boy set about it with a cricket bat and has made decent inroads.

Still got about four massive eggs in the cupboard which I intend to stuff into my face later. It's for the good of the kids you understand...

 

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6 minutes ago, Sgt Hartman said:

Mrs H. insisted on an 'Easter tree' this year. After I'd stopped laughing I realised she was serious so I got to work building the 'Easter tree' which consisted of some twigs with eggs hanging off them.

This is now, apparently, 'a thing'.

Then began the unspoken tribalism between my parents and the in-laws, this time manifesting itself in a 'who can buy the kids the biggest easter egg competition'. Each day saw the arrival of a different egg culminating in the victors (my folks) knockout blow of a solid, 1kg chocolate bunny that feels like a housebrick. The boy set about it with a cricket bat and has made decent inroads.

Still got about four massive eggs in the cupboard which I intend to stuff into my face later. It's for the good of the kids you understand...

 

Always has been in certain parts of Europe...

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8 minutes ago, unregistered_guest said:

Always has been in certain parts of Europe...

Every day is a school day :)

I thought it was a recent thing like this 'gender reveal' oddness that seems to have taken off.  I shall retrieve my coat.

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1 hour ago, Sgt Hartman said:

insisted on an 'Easter tree' this year

I haven't got round to trying it yet, but I heard that in some parts of Germany, the Christmas tree would be a birch that had been brought indoors a couple of weeks beforehand, and so persuaded it was time to put out leaves. Springtime in the depths of winter.

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Looking at the weather recently I would say the answer to the question is definitely yes

In fact when Easter falls in March you are more likely to see snow during it than at Christmas because snow is  statistically more common in March than December

 

Edited by Virgil Caine

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Currently sitting opposite the in-laws 'easter tree' here in Dresden Germany. Also noticed many outdoor decorated trees,  and have eaten a painted hard boiled egg every breakfast this week.

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39 minutes ago, Anglepoise said:

Currently sitting opposite the in-laws 'easter tree' here in Dresden Germany. Also noticed many outdoor decorated trees,  and have eaten a painted hard boiled egg every breakfast this week.

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Trouble is that's  the sort of thing that will appear in b&q or on some reality show and bingo it will appear in my house. No problem if it's an established German thing and you're German.

 

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It is a terrible thing.  

All this commercialising the whole year round is diluting the specialness of our end-of year retail festivities.

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6 hours ago, NewryH said:

Trouble is that's  the sort of thing that will appear in b&q or on some reality show and bingo it will appear in my house. No problem if it's an established German thing and you're German.

 

Painting eggs is a Greek orthodox thing too, and they always get the Easter date wrong.

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8 hours ago, MrPin said:

Painting eggs is a Greek orthodox thing too, and they always get the Easter date wrong.

And Christmas too!

But they'd say that it's us that have the wrong date. And they've been going longer.

If the decision at Synod of Whitby had gone the other way - we would still be celebrating Easter on a different day today.

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