‘Merry Christmas’, ‘Season’s Greetings’: They’re our most popular Christmas well wishes. I still baulk at the supposedly inoffensive ‘Happy Holidays’.
But what about Easter? What is this season’s most appropriate greeting? Well, I’ve done a bit of research and there seems to be consensus. ‘Happy Easter!’ wins the prize.
I don’t know about you, but it’s hardly inspiring. I think we can do better and I’d like to propose the following new and improved Easter greetings: write them on your Easter cards, light them up in front of your home, put a custom-made label on your Easter eggs.
As a start, what do you think of ‘Great Easter!’? It’s perfect. The Easter story is all about greatness. Jesus said, ‘Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be the slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many’ (Mark 10:43-45). Follow Jesus, take the place of a servant, and have a ‘Great Easter!’. I’m loving it.
But I think we can do even better. How about ‘Humble Easter!’. What could be better, on the most humble of holidays, than to enjoy the sweet refreshment of having a humble Easter.
But there’s one more. It’s hardly original. Indeed, it’s been around for almost two thousand years. When you greet a friend, smile and say, ‘Christ is Risen’. Then wait as they smile and give the customary response, ‘He is risen indeed!’. Such good news.
Humble Easter everyone!