Wednesday, April 20, 2011

EASTER - A SPECIAL TIME FOR ME



  
      From Good Friday ( April 22) - Easter Monday (April 25) we celebrate a long holiday weekend in Jamaica and here I share pictures of some of Janine's favourite Easter decorations.  At Easter 2009 I was able to decorate our home after being unable to do so the first Christmas after her death. I thought I could not decorate our home ever again then suddenly I said to myself "Why not decorate the living-room table with Janine's favourite Easter decorations?" Number 1 on her list was the Easter wooden bunny which she got from her German pen-pal Heidi. Some years after that her Swedish pen-pal Carin sent her some decorative Easter eggs and lavender and yellow feathers.  She also got some  little yellow chicks from another German pal Claudia.  Here in Jamaica it is not really the custom to decorate our homes at Easter but I am glad that her pen-pals sent these decorations so that I can use them and remember the Easter holidays we celebrated together.

      Many Christians including myself consider this a very important time of the year when we reflect on what Christ did for us. As I think of His death and resurrection, I know that my twin sister is not confined to a grave. She is a in better place and we will meet again some day. I take comfort in these Bible verses:
  
    "In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also." -John 14: 2-3

   "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live." John 11:25


     Easter is always a time for Easter eggs, chocolate, fish and Jamaican bun and cheese.  Escoveitched fish was always a big favourite for Janine and of course it has also been one of my favourite dishes. We start eating it from midday Holy Thursday. Escoveitched fish and bread were all we needed to see until Easter Sunday. We also had our fair share of bun and cheese.  Our favourites have been those from HTB, Yummy, Whitfield and Purity which were usually rich in currants, raisins,cherries and dried fruit.


       Holidays are never easy for me these days but I will recall all the good times that Janine and I had and make the best of this Easter. I wish everyone who celebrates this special time of the year a HAPPY EASTER!

6 comments:

Kareen said...

Hi Judy. Nice blog. Wishing for you and yoour family a blessed and holy Easter.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Kareen,
I am glad that you like my Blog. Thanks for taking time out to read it. I wish you and your family a BLESSED EASTER!

Anjy Roemelt said...

Hi, Judy, at first glance I said to my kids "look, they have easter bunnies in jamaica,too" and then read on that it was a gift from Germany.LOL. We have bunnies all over the place and some people even think the whole festival is about eating chocolate and decorating your house with rabbits and hares. Some christians protest against it and with good reason, too, but I still like the custom. The message of the bible is the same all over the world, but the way people celebrate it, differs. There was an article in our church-magazine about how colourful and exotic mexican indians celebrate easter and there were all kinds of symbols in it that weren't christian to begin with but have been "baptized", like christmas-trees, too. Even the church wasn't christian to begin with but jewish and has retained a lot of judaism and later roman culture. We have our roots in this world we are born into but stretch out towards more than it in loving each other no matter where we come from and finally go to heaven. Happy Easter .-)

Enjoy said...

Wonderful Easter Deco Judy! Have a Very nice Day with family. Love from Italy Robby

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Angela, It was really interesting reading your comments about Easter in Germany. Thanks for sharing this. Your comments are always welcome!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Robby, I am glad you like my Easter decorations. I also like the ones that you have over there in your home in Italy. They are so lovely. Thanks for commenting on my Blog. You were such a good pen-pal to Janine and now I am happy that we are now pen-pals. I know she would be so happy about this. Feel free to visit my Blog and comment any time my friend. Take care and have a BLESSED EASTER SUNDAY!

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