Hey friends, how are you today? How was your Easter weekend? Did you attend church service? What are a few of your Easter traditions? We do not have any in our household. Easter egg hunting was not a ‘thing’ in the Caribbean when we were younger and somehow, we really never got into it, here. This is one tradition that will probably not be passed on from one generation to the next. In Guyana, where my husband was born, they fly kites and have kite competitions during the Easter break. My husband made a few attempts to ‘tempt’ the girls into this tradition, but the girls were more interested in the finished product rather than the time-consuming making of the thing. Apparently, part of this tradition is also the craftsmanship of the kite. I am amazed at the complex artistry involved in kite making. Who knew?!! I suppose one could say our tradition involves food. Traditionally we prepare what we call ‘fish cake’, similar to crab cakes, but prepared with salted cod fish. My mom would make the most delicious fish cakes. I could still taste it. Unfortunately, this tradition will more than likely also not be cultivated in our household because salted cod fish is almost impossible to attain in my neck of the woods. What are a few Easter traditions, you’ve been part of or attempted?
Traditions: a set of customs or beliefs passed on from one generation to the next. When the girls were younger, about 6 and 4, we began a program called Awana at our church. Because my husband headed this activity, we usually left the church around 8:45 or 9:00pm every Wednesday. We were usually the last to leave, so we rewarded their patience with pizza afterward. A few months later, the leer of the McDonald’s toy was too great, so McDonald kids’ meal, here we come. The girls are now 22 and 20 and every Wednesday, when they are home, we still take them to get their McDonald’s fix. We’ve moved on from a kid’s meal, but we are still here. My husband is convinced, we will still provide this treat whenever they visit, even when they are married and have their own kids. What do you think?
That’s the thing about traditions, isn’t it? Most times, it’s the parents’ habits that are passed on to the next generation; the kids, sometimes without intentionality. Habitually in our household, we begin the day with Bible devotion and prayer, sometimes together, but most times individually. When the girls were younger, they joined us, during these times. As they got older, we instilled in them the importance of time spent with the Lord, because the same was done with us, when we were younger. We taught them the value of church attendance and service because again, the same example was demonstrated, when we were younger. As kids, we were shown the significance of memorization of scripture, so we passed on that same belief to our kids. Discipline was big in our Caribbean household, when we were younger (and yes, proudly), I say we kept up that ‘tradition’. Disrespectful thoughts should be kept to yourself and not said out loud.
But then that’s the other thing about traditions; it deals primarily with the outside, does it not? It deals with the behavior or an activity. Traditions, traditionally do not necessarily affect the heart of the person, simply because traditions become habits. Yes… habits are brought about as a result of beliefs, but most times the beliefs are so linked to the tradition that the beliefs are buried under its weight. Why do we do what we do? Do you know why and how this ‘tradition’ came to be? The truth is most of us do not think about it. It’s just what we do. Sometimes that’s ok but there are times, it’s not.
The life of a Christian cannot be traditionally lived. Knowledge can be passed down, events, activities can be passed down, even beliefs can be passed down, but change is personal and individualistic. Habits may not necessarily draw us away from the Lord, but they do not draw us any closer to Him if we are not intentional on our actions.
When the girls were younger, they were covered under the beliefs and behaviors of their parents, at their age, they are responsible for their own walk with the Lord. Their growth is their responsibility, and although tradition can help, it is most useful when it is intentional. No one is good, and only when our eyes are fixed on the Savior can we grow and mature in our walk with Him. We have an enemy whose sole desire is to steer our hearts away from the Lord, our traditions may prevent us from straying too far away, which is good, but intentionality brings us back into the fold, which is better.
What were a few of your childhoold traditions? Which do you still practice? Should Christians keep and perpetuate traditions?