As someone who has been raised Catholic, I am obligated to celebrate Easter by virtue of my being related to devout members of this Christian…

As someone who has been raised Catholic, I am obligated to celebrate Easter by virtue of my being related to devout members of this Christian denomination. To not celebrate would be to risk being disowned as a heretic within my own family. I’d rather not risk another schism!

Guilty though I am that my reasons for celebrating Easter are less than divine (may God forgive me. I promise I’ll do forty Hail Marys after I write this post!), I appreciate Easter as a holiday that brings my family together, and the only one in which my relatives choose to silence their condemnations of my sinful, immoral ways.

Even though I’m always surrendering to temptation and to Satan around this time of year (I’m sorry, but that chocolate cake was just so irresistible sitting on the lazy susan), I look forward to it still as a time when my aunts, uncles, cousins, and I can catch up (and also wear new clothes, but that’s besides the point).

– Allyson

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