I grew up in a country where Lent and Easter fall during the dry season, summer to be specific. To us Filipinos ( well, I’m still Filipino by blood and Australian now by law ), the hot humidity during lent becomes our spiritual challenge. In the United States, Easter falls during spring. It’s easy to give meaning then, spring which means growth and new life which is the the significance of Easter that has been given by our Redeemer. In autumn they celebrate ” Thanksgiving”, which becomes the highlight of the season. They give thanks on that day for all the bountiful blessings they receive. They usually make meaningful mantels which include pumpkins which signify harvest and in return, this denotes abundance in life.
Source: Meadow Lake Cottage
You can also find mantels which emphasizes the counting of blessings of each member of the family.
Source: My Blessed Life
But how about for us here who live down under when Easter is during fall. Is it right for us to decorate for Easter with a type of mantel which reminds the family to gather, count their blessings, give thanks and celebrate during Easter? The answer to this question is a BIG yes. Definitely Easter is a time to be thankful because our Lord opened the gates of heaven for us so that when our time comes, we can be with His Father. Surely, Easter is a time to be thankful because we can enjoy life while we are here on earth because of his many gifts for all of us, the gift of family , the gift of friendship, the gifts of joy and love just to name a few. Truly Easter is a time to harvest what the Lord has planted for us…salvation!
With all these in mind, I can now say that Easter during fall makes sense after all and I feel blessed that I can decorate for fall in time for Easter here in Australia. Easter anyway is a time for us to show gratitude for the GIFT of LIFE that we are all enjoying.
Stay tuned for my Fall/Easter mantel then. Thanks for following by the way. God bless