Winter at EasterApr 12, 2020 By Steven R. Peck, Publisher
Our holidays are human inventions.
They don't happen by themselves, like the full moon or the vernal equinox do.
Holiday are the products of human thought, desire and experience. We invented them.
Thank goodness, then, for Easter. We could use it right about now.
At a time when we are largely consumed, both mentally and, in far too many horrifying cases, physically, by a microscopic enemy, a holiday based on rebirth, renewal, faith, hope and chocolate seems just what we need.
There are many different ways to skin the Easter cat, so to speak. The array of different sub-denominations of the Christian faith testifies to that.
Other major world religions also celebrate this time of year, and our nation's great religious holiday has become a national end-of-winter celebration in secular society as well.
So, whether your idea of the perfect Easter is singing hymns in church, hiding eggs in the park for neighborhood kids, playing the year's first round of golf, or having family and friends over for the annual resurrection of the grill in the back yard, Easter thrives as a communal, celebratory, human gathering.
Plus, our memories record it, invariably, as a sunny day.
This year is different.
Most churches have told us to stay home. The early dinner with family and friends on a sunny late afternoon? The first part is not recommended, and Mother Nature ruined the second part today, delivering Christmas weather on Easter Sunday.
And the Easter egg hunt? Don't count on a big crowd this year. Even the chocolatiers have been moaning the plunging sales of their Eastertime products.
This is Easter, coronavirus-style.
With so many of the elements of the holiday that we know and cherish denied us this year, it might be tempting to declare Easter a lost cause in 2020.
Don't buy it.
Remember that our holidays are physical celebrations of ideals and principles created in our minds.
Thankfulness, faith, love, hope, and patriotism are more than trees, ornaments, turkey dinners, firecrackers, and Reese's peanut butter rabbits. They are among the greatest products of human intellect, of human contemplation, of human interaction, reflection and idealism.
And they can survive a snowy Easter.
They can survive the posponement of the Masters, and of big league baseball.
They can survive a viral pandemic.
They can survive an economic slowdown, a period of closed doors and increased isolation from loved ones.
They can survive setbacks and disappointments.
They can survive tragedy and loss.
They can survive because we can survive.
And we will.
We've done it a thousand times before.
And we will do it again.