An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Happy Easter! (every day)

Easter is not just one day. It doesn't end once Mass is over, or the last jelly bean is eaten, or the new outfits are put away.

No, Easter is a season. After going though forty days of preparation during Lent, we now have FIFTY days -- from Easter Sunday until Pentecost -- to celebrate and rejoice.

Recently, an article in The Word Among Us listed fifty ways we, as families, can celebrate the Easter Season. They have some wonderful ideas. I went through the list and borrowed some, modified others, and added a few of my own.

Celebrating Easter as a Family

-At mealtime, say an "alleluia" after grace.

-Light a special candle every evening as a reminder of the light of Christ.

-Fly a kite to celebrate the wind of the Holy Spirit.

-Have everyone select a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galations 5:22-23) to cultivate.

-Take a short trip to a shrine, monastery, or church.

-Plant some seeds.

-Make a point to smile more often . . . spread the joy.

-Read Acts 2 (the descent of the Holy Spirit) in English, Italian and Spanish.

-Talk about the road to Emmaus. Go for a family walk along the canal.

-Plan a meal for Pentecost Sunday. Visit Catholic Cuisine for some ideas (Twelve Fruit Salad for the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit; Red Velvet Cake representing the fire of the Holy Spirit; Pasta Alfredo for a "white" meal since Pentecost is also known as "Whitsunday").

-Discuss Christ's call to be "fishers of men" . . . plan a fishing day with Nonno.

Happy Easter!

~photo taken at Arlington National Cemetery

3 comments:

GrandmaK said...

Wonderful post with wonderful ideas!!! Cathy

Tiziana said...

Che meravigliose idee, Maria. A me ha colpito molto l'idea dell'aquilone che vola libero, come uno spirito, nell'aria.
A Luciano, invece, piacerebbe molto continuare la sua Pasqua a pesca con Dwight (come in questo momento in Louisiana).
Stupenda la foto del cimitero di Arlington, da proprio l'idea di morte e di risurrezione.

Kim H. said...

This is a great post Bia! If my printer was working, I'd print it off to put on my refridge. Seriously, what awesome things we can do. How quickly we forget about the celebrating part.

And that photo -- just gorgeous. Is it weird to say I love Arlington National Cemetary? I found it one of the most interestinig places we've vistied while in DC. There's something about all the history, the tranquility, the fact that so many there have fought to keep us free. It's so very moving.

Hugs sweet friend!