Easter is a Christian celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead following his death on Good Friday. This is a rebirth that is commemorated around the vernal equinox, historically a time of pagan celebration that coincides with the arrival of spring and symbolizes the arrival of light and the awakening of life around us.
While neither Matt nor I are very religious we do celebrated Easter. Typically this comes in the form of dying eggs, eating jelly beans and receiving baskets full of delicious candies and chocolates. This year our celebration took another form.
After three hours and 5 garbage bags filled with donations, Matt and I celebrated the resurrection of our closet.
It was the first time since college that Matt weeded through his clothing. Our closet was jam packed with ratty polos, pleat front pants and dress shirts that were 2 sizes too big for Matt. Simply put, the disorganization was nearly killing me and I’ve been sacrificing for a lot longer than the traditional 40 days of Lent.
It was truly a holy day for the Englehauer household.
If you see someone walking down the street today who appears to have dirt on their forehead – don’t go up to them and offer to wipe it off. Today is Ash Wednesday. The dirt is supposed to be there. Trust me when I say, they probably won’t appreciate your offer, no matter how well intended. I know from experience.
And now a little history…
Ash Wednesday, is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days before Easter. According to the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, during which he endured temptation by Satan. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day period of prayer and fasting.
Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are typically gathered after the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday are burned.
This practice is common in much of Christendom, being celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and some Baptist denominations.
So just remember – that dirt is supposed to be there…
Over the holiday break, I was able to get a fair amount done for our wedding. As we coasted by our 6 months to do mark, I feel pretty confident with the state of our plans.
One thing that I was finally able to shore up, was the bridesmaid dress selection. After some unsuccessful searching, I finally decided on dress from the LulaKate line that is available at Bella Bridesmaid. From the start I knew that I wanted to give the girls various styles to choose from, all in the same color. Lula Kate was able to provide just that for me. Each girl selected a different style top and they had the choice of 4 different bottoms. Some of the bottoms came with pockets, which for me, ups the ante on any dress. Unfortunately, one of my bridemaids was not fully informed of the necessity of pockets before placing her order. See conversation below:
Me: blah blah… something about having a candy bar at the wedding… blah blah blah
Noelle: candy bar???????? yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Noelle: I just told bobby (her husband) about the candy bar. He says, ” Oh damn, That is going to be sweet”
Me: I am going to put those Easter candies in it just for you
Noelle: yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Cadbury eggs! I’m totally going to hoard them. I wish our dresses had pockets
Me: dude, your dress could have had pockets if you got the other skirt
Noelle: I didn’t know there was going to be a candy bar
The painful lesson here is, when in doubt, get pockets.Whether it is your cell phone, chap stick or candy, there will undoubtedly be something worthwhile to put in them.