There is no battle between the observance of Easter and Christmas. But if you’re taking a vote, I’m an Easter person.
On Christmas, folks show up with their red sweaters and that’s appropriate. But Easter is the day many folks will bring out their finest. The bright colors of spring are on display as we wear yellows, pinks, bright blues and white.
Easter is the day we in the South have determined as the debut day for white, although many people tossed that rule out years ago. Folks in the North are more inclined to begin wearing white on Memorial Day.
I didn’t understand this until recently. I have a friend in Maine who still had 3 feet of snow last week and was scheduled to get a little more. If you wear white up there, you might get mauled by a snow plow.
For some reason, we also associate ham with Easter. I was watching a New York TV station online and the grocery stores up there were advertising ham. It must be universal.
My daddy could bake a wonderful ham. He marinated it with Coca-Cola. I doubt they do that up North.
I also like the Easter music. Christmas music is sweet and wonderful. We sing carols such as “Away in a Manger,” and “Silent Night.”
On Easter, we sing triumphant songs with bold statements like “Up from the grave he arose.”
I’ve told this one before, but it bears repeating on Easter. When I was a kid, I thought they were singing “Low in the gravy laid Jesus my savior.” It is actually “Low in the grave, he lay.” I was always trying to figure out what Jesus was doing in the gravy.
Easter week is a series of ups and downs. Jesus begins the week with an exciting entry into Jerusalem. On Thursday night, he is having dinner with his disciples, when he is betrayed and taken and executed on the cross the next day. We have those sad days of Good Friday and the day after.
Then comes Sunday. Easter Sunday is a day of great joy and celebration.
There are people who go to church on Easter but don’t come around any other time of year. It’s always good to see them. I like people who greet each other with the Easter greeting of “He is risen,” to which the other person replies, “Risen, indeed.”
There are enough Christmas movies that cable TV channels run them for a full month. There are a number of movies about Jesus Christ and his crucifixion, but not many about the observance of Easter.
Perhaps the most famous of Easter films is the 1948 classic, “Easter Parade” starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland.
Interestingly, Astaire was not the first choice for the lead in the film. It was supposed to be Gene Kelly, who broke his ankle playing volleyball.
It’s the typical guy breaks up with girl, meets new girl and falls in love story. Garland played the new girlfriend and the final scene involves their date to the Easter parade, where Astaire proposes marriage.
I don’t know anyone who has an Easter parade anymore, but it is a colorful story of a colorful day. It may be a movie made nearly 70 years ago, but like an Easter ham, it never gets old.
Harris Blackwood is a Gainesville resident whose columns appear on the Sunday Life page and on gainesvilletimes.com/harris.