As a young boy and even into the early stages of adulthood, if pressed I would readily admit that my favorite holiday of the year was Christmas – followed at some distance by Thanksgiving! Most kids would probably respond the same way. After all there are decorations, toothsome delicacies, festive songs and most of all – gifts!
It wasn’t till I was older and had kids of my own that I realized there was more joy in giving than receiving. Sounds trite, but somewhere between adolescence and adulthood it became more rewarding to watch the reaction on my kids’ faces in reaction to receiving some long-sought after treasure! My oldest daughter, Maggie, throughout her childhood, would squeal after opening each package, “just what I always wanted!” I had no doubt of her sincerity, she just was overjoyed about everything she got.
And similarly, the older I got, the more Easter began to mean to me. It is a period of some six weeks full of prayer, devotions, self-denial and rebirth. It can occur at any time between the dates of March 22nd and April 25th. Why not pick a Sunday and stick to it, like with Christmas? Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday occurring after the first full moon following the Vernal Equinox, March 21st. Complicated, yes, but since Easter is a sign of re-birth it is only fitting that it falls in the calendar when spring flowers are poking their tentative heads out of the frozen ground.
Easter this year falls on this coming Sunday, April 9th. And as we have for the past 73 years being in business in Smethport, we will be closed all-day Easter. A lot of people won’t see this notice, and I know that for a fact because there are always car tracks in the parking lot driving up to the front door and then disgustingly driving away!
In keeping with the season of rebirth theme, you won’t want to miss our beautiful display of Easter flowers; lilies, hyacinths, tulips, daffodils and more! These are all potted in dirt so you should consider buying early and taking them home so they won’t be all picked over!