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Dear Maggie,

This weekend, Iím invited to Easter dinner with my family. But the problem is, I donít celebrate Easter. Iíve found my own path and this holiday isnít a part of it. How can I, in good faith, take part in a family celebration with all the Easter Sunday trimmings and symbolism, without betraying my own true beliefs, much less without saying anything about what I think? If I donít go, theyíll be angry with me. If I do, I have to keep my mouth shut about my own beliefs, and that feels like a lie to me? What should I do?



Signed,

Easter Scrooge

Dear ES,

I never get over how everyone with a firm belief thinks theyíre somehow obligated to share it with everyone else.

You mentioned dinner and all the traditional Easter stuff. Which includes colored eggs, and bunnies and marshmallow chicks and a big dinner, right? And what, I ask you, do ANY of those things have to do with the Christian meaning of Easter? Nothing. Theyíre all fertility symbols related to pre-Christian observations of the Spring Equinox. But is your family shunning them because it might betray their faith? No! Why not? Because they are fun and part of the holiday tradition, not to mention in keeping with the Universal theme of life and fertility and the return of spring, the promised, consistent triumph of life over apparent death.

Look, celebrating with the family is FUN. So go and let it be fun. Too many people think they canít get along with anyone who does not share their spiritual beliefs, and that is just so lame. Spirituality is personal, and if it works for them, let it, and if it doesnít work for you, thatís OK too.

So have fun, and happy spring!

Maggie

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