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April 14th, 2006
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There are Easter cards in Tescos. I mildly disapprove of Easter cards, but not enough to bother mounting a campaign against them, so long as they are between consenting adults. However, the labling of the Easter cards struck me as a little curious. They were divided up into the usual subsections; "cards for Mum"; "cards for Dad"; "cards for the One You Love"; and, in a small section tucked away at the bottom, "Religious".

I know the christians lost Christmas a long time ago, but I didn't realise quite how much had slipped since then!

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From:catyak
Date:April 14th, 2006 11:25 am (UTC)
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Sending cards has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with card company profits. That's why they try to stick us with Valentine's Day, Fathers' Day, Mothers' Day, {lots of other useless} Day, etc.

I just object to paying several quid for a decorated piece of cardboard so I usually don't send cards to anyone for any reason.

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From:ilanin
Date:April 14th, 2006 11:31 am (UTC)
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Supply and demand, dear, supply and demand. If you think about it the religious types are highly unlikely to be sending Easter cards at all, so there's not much point in making religious cards for them to not send.
From:wryelle
Date:April 14th, 2006 11:50 am (UTC)
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Conversation with housemate last night:

"What do Easter bunnies have to do with Jesus?"
"Nothing"
"What? Nothing?"
"Nothing. Absolute load of bollards".
*look of bewilderment and betrayal* "But what about eggs?"
"Same. Nothing."
"What?! But what about hot cross buns!? Did Jesus have buns?!"
"Er...well there was bread at the last supper I suppose..."

At which point the local news explained that Easter was originally a pagan festival of Ostara, and that was where the eggs and bunnies came from.

"Oh I see! Its all explained now!"
"..."
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From:whatifoundthere
Date:April 14th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
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Of course, the only source for this Ostara stuff is an eighth-century monk who may or may not have had any idea of what he was talking about, but bad history is okay as long as it's anti-Christian bad history!
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From:ewx
Date:April 14th, 2006 12:02 pm (UTC)
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Why does the fact that non-Christians do their own thing on the 25th December mean Christians have 'lost' Christmas?
From:ex_robhu
Date:April 14th, 2006 12:22 pm (UTC)
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It works in the same way that the existence of homosexual couples is a threat to American Christian families!
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From:atreic
Date:April 14th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
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Well, it's like definitions of words, innit? If 95% of people use the word gay to mean homosexual, you can say that as a nation we have "lost" the word gay meaning "happy, carefree" etc. I mean, you can form mad little cliques saying "It's perfectly OK to call your child gay because it means happy / When you wish someone a happy christmas it means that you're glad the baby jesus is born", but when the vast majority of people disagree with your definitions they're just not true in any meaningful sense any more.
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From:gerald_duck
Date:April 14th, 2006 12:45 pm (UTC)
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I had a conversation with our office cleaner.

Me: Oh, and happy Easter, by the way.
Her: I'm a Buddhist.
Me: And I'm not a Christian, either, but it's the start of spring, and it's a holiday.

I would happily call it something other than Easter, but then people wouldn't understand me. And I suspect just as many Christians would claim that evil athesists (and agnostics, and whatever) were trying to subvert Easter by renaming it as currently claim it's being subverted by shifting the meaning of the existing word. Compare with the furore over "Happy Christmas" v. "Happy holidays" in the USA.

I think The Thing here is how many people are (or are not) active Christians. The secular supermarket Easter might throw this into starker relief, but it's not the actual problem.
From:ex_robhu
Date:April 14th, 2006 12:22 pm (UTC)
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Easter Bunny FTW!

How sad is this, I have no easter eggs - for the second year in a row :-(
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From:sphyg
Date:April 14th, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC)
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My grandma sent me an Easter card and would be upset if I didn't send one back.
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From:mst3kgirl
Date:April 14th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
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Why do you mildly disapprove of Easter cards?

I'm not a lobbyist for the Easter Card Union, I'm just curious. :-)
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From:atreic
Date:April 14th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
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Well, I mildly disapprove of cards. They're overpriced, and can be used instead of actually putting anything interesting into a relationship. Receiving a card twice a year that says "From Fred", and never speaking to Fred at any other point makes me feel very sad. And I think that shop bought cards are even sadder, as at least with a home made card you knew that thought was going into it.

That aside, I can see lots of good points to cards. It's nice to be remembered. It's good to keep in touch with people. It's a good way of saying things that you don't have the words for. Some cards are really pretty. It's traditional to send cards, and it can be fun.

But things that there are suddenly cards for that there didn't used to be cards for, that annoys me. I've only noticed Easter cards over here in the past few years. Card shops are jumping on all sorts of bandwagons to make money, from St Patrick Day cards to Halloween cards etc etc. And all those days, like Easter, have good traditions of their own, that are _different_ to Christmas and birthdays. I don't want every season of the year to be marked by another piece of hastilly signed card turning up through my letter box.

Err, yeah, so I suppose it's because we didn't have Easter cards when I was a kid, so they just must be the card companies trying to make money. I'm sure I'll be bombarded by links now proving that Easter cards have been sent for the past 2000 years and then I'll feel stupid.
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From:sally_maria
Date:April 15th, 2006 10:43 am (UTC)
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I must admit, that coming from a Christian family, I was surprised to see Easter cards when I started working in WHSmiths - they weren't something I was familiar with at all.

OTOH, a large proportion of the customers I see buying them seem to be older people and, I assumed, at least church-goers. So I thought it was something done in other churches. If you're not used to them either, maybe it is just a money-making substitute for eggs, particularly for friends who live at a distance.
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From:pinkmarshmallow
Date:April 18th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
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hey sally, its katy from the round band/CUCB/IVFDF/tuba person....I accidentally stumbled upon your livejournal account, which was actually fortuitous as I am in need of a good caller for next weekend and I was wondering whether you would be available. If so, could I have your email so that we can discuss it further, mine is csh39@cam.ac.uk. Looking forward to hearing from you, I hope all is well. Katy
From:lilred007
Date:April 24th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
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