Turn off the iPad, walk out of the shopping centre and go and do something more interesting instead … (Anyone else remember this?)
When I was growing up, you got an Easter egg (singular) from your parents, a few quid from your grandparents / aunts and uncles and that was it. The Tubblet gets the same from us.
We go to church on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We see family and friends on the other days and recover. For Rev T and other churchy folk who make the services happen, this is the Blessed Marathon.
Our spend on Easter eggs was about £20. For the three of us plus the extended family. A glance around the Internet shows that we're not entirely typical.
Having turned Christmas into a festival of shopping and over consumption, retailers have moved onto Easter. In some households, Easter now looks more like a birthday or Christmas,with piles of gifts everywhere. The average spend on Easter gifts is now £56. Per person. Retailers are probably eyeballing other faith's festivals, evaluating their money spinning potential.
Instead of filling Easter with more stuff, how about trying something different? Create space and fill it with memories, experiences, quality time or nothing at all. Learning to be cope with boredom, how to make your own entertainment and enjoy your own company is a valuable life skill! But I digress ...
At the back of Consumer Detox, there are some suggestions to start you off. There are more at Breathe. As always, take what works, ignore what doesn't and adapt to suit:
Buy stuff - Make things
Throw away - Repair
Send an email - Meet for coffee
Fast food - Home-made hospitality
DVD - Local entertainment
Press play - Learn to play
Presents for kids - Presence with kids
Vegging - Country walk
Late night TV - Fireside chats
Travel the world - Know your neighbours
Headphones - Conversation
TV Drama - Your family
Cheap kids toys - Playing outside / in the garden
Create a games room - Offer a spare room
Glossy website - Actual reality
Personality - Character
Celebrity - Community
Church shopping - Committed fellowship
Bumper sticker spirituality - Wrestling with the Bible
Many of the items on the list will last far longer than anything that can be bought from a shop. They also come without the nasty side effects of a sugar crash from too much chocolate or a busted budget.
So, now to turn off the iPad, take it upstairs and give my own advice a try. Powering down ... Now ... How about now ... And ... I can power off any time I want ...
Anyway, rant over. Do let me know what you think in the comments. Happy Easter (again!) and enjoy Half Term!
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