I first must say, is that I'm not a fundamentalist (whatever that means?). I've always been on a more "higher" church ground, though I have attended the full spectrum of Christendom in my life; and even went to a Presbyterian service on Easter Day.
But you would have had to have been living under a rock NOT have noticed the barrage of "Easter" ads, with little to NO relevance to its original message, and it is my opinion that "they" (along with an ignorant, moronic, gullible general public!) are trying to once again, turn this religious holiday into a disgusting, shallow secular festivity - it makes my blood boil
I have noticed in my life though, particularly when I travelled to Europe, that when it is Easter "season" there, a "celebration" about Easter could involve an Easter "tree". But it is different. It seemed that the people and their trees definitely knew the true sense of Easter; and that having a tree or bush (many times self-produced with twigs, etc) had little to do with commercialism. OTOH, the disgusting, pagan UK public have now seized on this.
I predict that in the coming years, it will be mandatory to have an "Easter Tree", no doubt with presents and not just dreadfully sweet chocolate or cute little Easter bunnies underneath. I could vomit!
It further illustrates the great British public's ignorance, that I saw one of these simply awful daytime talk shows, where they had to explain that:
Eggs – About fertility
Rabbits – the same
Tulips – Seasonal flowers, arriving near Easter time
Hot Cross buns – Christian bread
all had a Christian theme to them, that involved new life as in Jesus rising from the dead.
It would be fun, to actually ask the hicks in the UK if they knew that already? My feeling is that very few of them would actually know these basic facts.
I hear some of you saying, oh, but it's harmless. Yes, it is, but it is once again a death by a thousand cuts attack on a culture that has stood the test of time for nearly 2,000 years. Surely, there are other things that they should attack before basic Christian tenets. As again, it is an easy way out to do this. That is cheap, commercial, tacky, vain, selfish – horrid!
I leave you to either gawk over, or feel incredibly sorry for Heidi Klum (above).
She looks terrible!