Monday, April 25, 2011

My Big Fat Greek Easter

"There are two kinds of people: Greeks, and everyone else who wish they was Greek."

I'm Greek. Can't you tell?

OK, so I'm no raven-haired Grecian goddess. I've got more of a Scots-Irish look about me. But, believe it or not, I'm Greek!

Something you may not know about Greeks is that Easter is a huge holiday. Easter is jam-packed with Greek awesomeness. There's the food, like the Easter lamb (which we had) to represent the Lamb of God, and the koulourakia and dolmades (which we didn't—I can only push my husband's non-Greek family so far). We announce, "Christos Anesti!" ("Christ is Risen!") to which people reply, "Alithos Anesti!" ("Truly, He Has Risen!"). And there's always—always—family. Lots and lots of people celebrating Christ's resurrection.

Honestly, I can't think of a lot of Greek Christmas traditions my family did. Easter was the Big Deal. Easter was Christmas and the Superbowl and then some.

And shouldn't it be? I mean, I'm glad Jesus was born and all, but it was really his death and resurrection that makes all the difference. Easter should be the biggest holiday of the year. It's the reason we have eternal life! It's the reason Jesus came here! It's the most important event in the history of humanity!

Do you make Easter as big a deal as it should be? Does your year revolve around the importance of Easter or the excitement of Christmas? Not that I'm trying to pit these two holidays against one another, but sometimes it seems like our culture pushes us toward Christmas in so many ways.

But no one pushes the Greeks around. They're sticking squarely with Easter. Smart bunch, those Greeks. You know, they discovered philosophy. Medicine. Democracy. Geometry. Pizza.

Yes, even pizza. You're welcome.

So—take a cue from my Greeks: How would your life change if you lived every day in response to the resurrection? What if Easter took the top spot in your year? Not the bunnies, not the eggs, not the candy—the resurrection of your Lord and Savior?


  1. Love this!
    "How would your life change if you lived every day in response to the resurrection?"
    I would focus more on the fact that Jesus is coming back and soon & adjust perspective.
    Believe more in the resurrection of dreams lost or forgotten... which all boils down to one word - hope.
    Thanks for a great post!God bless.

  2. Wait, not to get too personal or anything, but you aren't Orthodox are you?

  3. @Arthur No, I'm not Orthodox. I don't observe Greek Easter, although they happened to fall on the same day this year. I just do some of the same traditions, since my extended family is Greek Orthodox and that's what we did growing up.

  4. Hi Rachel. This is the first year that I have really given easter proper thought and having done so I am in total agreement with you and the greeks. I'm not too sure what my roots are? Some german, some british, some dutch, maybe some french? Who knows, who cares, I am now a child of God! Tracy (TKT)

  5. Ah, cool. Is there anywhere on your blog where you talk about how you went from Greek Orthodox to whatever you are now? Sorry to clutter up your comment section with this stuff; let me know if I should stop.

  6. I love what Easter represents, but I am the kind of person that wants to live the resurrection everyday! I agree, though, it is definitely of utmost importance!!

    We got to tour a Greek Orthodox convent last summer and it was such a beautiful place. The presence of God was very evident there. I have a special place in my heart for Orthodox Christianity because I have some friends who have converted from evangelical Christianity over to Orthodox and I find their posts, thoughts, and observations fascinating. It was no easy process for them to convert and I always respected it. I got to go see a friend get "chrismated". I keep saying that one of these days I will further study the history and learn more, but of course I haven't done that yet. It definitely sounds interesting!!!!

  7. @Arthur While some of my family is Greek Orthodox, I've never been Greek Orthodox myself. I just partook in the festivities. :) I've always been Protestant.

  8. haha wow! I hope you and your husband will have a great time watching the movie!

    Thanks for sharing

  9. This post is such fun! We had carrot cake for the bunny and a party for Jesus!

  10. Hi Rachel,

    Love the quote, loved the movie--it's a favorite!

    I had no idea you were Greek...My sister in law married a Greek man (born and raised in Athens) and though they've lived in Atlanta for years, they celebrate Greek Easter. She makes fantastic Greek food. I absolutely love her tzatziki sauce and they always do a lamb. All that to say it's really, really yummy at their house this time of year. :)

    Hey, what track are you taking at She Speaks?

  11. @Julie Gillies I'm taking the writing track! Perhaps next year I'll do the speaking track. As speak-y as I am, I'm not sure I'm going to be a speak-er. :)

  12. Loved the post Rachel. yes I am going to spend more time making Easter an every day thing this year, not just a one day celebration. That's my plan.

  13. We're not Greek but we did have lamb and dolmades on Good Friday. Thanks again for thought provoking discussion topic. I always go away with something extra when I read your blog.


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