Mar 292013

No matter the reason you have to celebrate Easter this weekend it’s known that most will celebrate the sacrifice of Jesus on Good Friday with businesses being closed to let people celebrate his dying for our sins. I wrote about this before, how it’s strange we celebrate his death but it’s rare these days to have a company reserving time to celebrate his rebirth. (How does one possibly keep dying? Even in soap operas they rise again to be killed. )

But today I am writing on a different topic and not about religion any more than that. Today I want to ask why Easter is so closely linked with chocolate? In a world of childhood obesity why it it “treats” are always something we associate with food that is detrimental to our health?

Instead, I’d love for us to celebrate books on Easter weekend. Spread the gift of literacy, support an author and support the efforts of educators around the world. You don’t have to just get books but wouldn’t a book last much longer than a chocolate bunny? Think about all the kids out there who don’t have access to either and realize how great it is to be able to give a child a book that will last a lifetime and help form a tradition that keeps on giving.

If you are religious – how would Jesus feel about rising from the dead to see you hurting the health of your child? Maybe that’s why we don’t celebrate his rebirth, because he’s too disappointed in us to want to see what we’ve become.

And for those of you who think the Easter Bunny won’t be able to carry all those books – there are ebooks available, too!

Thanks for reading and considering,

Sarah Butland author of Sending You Sammy, Brain Tales – Volume One and Arm Farm

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