Easter is this weekend.  Two Thirds of America celebrate the religious significance of the holiday. The resurrection of Jesus. But over the years the day has become more then just a religious holiday. It has become a day of “Church, Candy & Cash”.

A significant number of Maine’s places of worship are still closed due to the pandemic.  Many have adapted with Zoom services, to at least give a sense of fellowship. Here’s hoping that for those who are regular church goers, or even those that only attend once or twice per year, things get back to normal sooner rather than later.

On to the candy and cash. Cash first. This year might be different, again because of fewer gatherings, at church and as an extended family, but Easter is a time of the year for new dresses and suits and new hats for many.  America spends lots of money on clothing traditionally in spring and at Easter.

Usually, the family convenes for Easter Dinner. Ham seems to be a popular entrée.  Easter isn’t quite the gathering Thanksgiving or Christmas is, but it is a time of extended family getting together, that unfortunately won’t happen to the extent it has in the past or will in the future.

And how about all the candy this time of year.  Most prepare Easter baskets for children, but it’s always more than just baskets for kids. Adults like their candy this time of year as well. Chocolate bunnies, Jelly Beans, Easter Eggs, Peeps, and on and on.

As with so many things over the past year, we just need to take a positive approach, and do the best we can. Enjoy things even if they are not the way you want them to be.

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