For Christians, Easter Sunday is, of course, the traditional Sunday on which the resurrection of Jesus is celebrated. However, even non-religious people celebrate the holiday with egg hunting, Easter bunnies, and chocolate.
If you want to send an Easter card greeting, and are low on funds, you can easily create your own with a little imagination. Consider many of the themes that are related to Easter, and then begin to brainstorm.
As a poet, if I feel uninspired on one particular day, then I try to devise a number of possible ideas, and write them all down. It’s not much different when coming up with a card.
Try a message like this on the front:
Return to love
On the inside, continue the theme. Expand on the basic ideas you’ve engraved on the front of the card:
This Easter, remember not only Christ
But the love of family and friends
For in them, He shall live on
In terms of imagery, if you are creating a religious card, you can draw your own pictures of Jesus, crucifixes, and images of resurrection. You may also cut out or copy pictures from other sources, provided that you aren’t publishing your card anywhere!
With the above message, you may want to choose a nature-related image to complement the message on the front. You may also combine the Christian imagery with the symbols of spring, to incorporate them all.
Granted, not everyone enjoys sappy or religious-based cards. For a more lighthearted appearance, you may want to try a humorous theme. Now, for the most part, people tend to take their religion very seriously, so mixing that with humor can be difficult.
I once heard a great joke that went something like, “Alzheimer’s Easter: This year, I’m going to hide my own eggs, because I probably won’t remember where I put them.” OK, you may say that it’s tasteless, but you’re giving the card to someone who’s over 50, and can take a joke, then it just may be perfect.
In the same tone, you can even create Easter cards with sexual undertones for your significant other or spouse. What you should say on such a card depends highly on the recipient, but you may come up with something like:
It’s Easter…everyone’s egg-hunting.
Put this message on the front, and then on the inside, write something like:
But there’s one spot I forgot to look!
If you’re a guy making this card, it may be even funnier if you cut out or draw an attractive woman searching for Easter eggs on the front, and then on the inside, put a similar picture of the woman in a suggestive pose.
Is this “crossing the line”? Yes and no, but again, you (hopefully) know your lover better than anyone else…so that’s your prerogative.
Something In Between
If you find the previous two examples too far from the Easter theme, you can somehow combine the romantic and the religious sensibilities of the holiday as well. Once again, consider the topics associated with it: renewal, fertility, rebirth, life.
You may be able to create a message that combines the concept of Jesus’ rebirth with the idea of revitalizing your relationship:
To remember the sacrifice
And eternal life
Granted through Christ
Let us remember
Our eternal love
For one another
And for this day, on Easter.
This, just as the above examples, is only a suggestion. Wording, in cards and poems, is key; thus, many people search the card racks for hours upon hours looking for the perfect combination of it all.
Your main advantage, in creating your own card, is not only that it saves money, but that it is from the heart. Whether it’s designated to friends, family, or lovers, it should ideally be a reflection of your own feelings. In this way, it is much like a handmade Christmas gift.
Monsignor Thomas Hartman and Rabbi Marc Gellman, who together created the God Squad TV show and advice column, often address holidays such as Easter. While Rabbi Gellman doesn’t celebrate the holiday himself, he will usually write about the emotions and traditions associated with it, and what others can take away from it, according to Wikipedia’s entry The God Squad.
If you, personally, are a nonreligious or even atheistic individual, there is a chance that you can still reflect on the meanings behind the holiday, even if your motivation doesn’t come from God. When this is the case, you can simply take one of the above ideas, and devise your own message, in a secular sense:
On this day
In this season
We celebrate the Earth of green
We breathe upon the winds of life
For even when our heartbeats cease
We know that we have loved.
It’s almost certain that your family and friends would appreciate a message like that, religious or not.
So this Easter, don’t stress yourself over finding or making the perfect card. Give thought to what you truly want to express, and put it on paper. Whether you do so by hand, computer, or professional printer doesn’t truly make a difference in the end.
Simply remember the feelings behind the words; they’ll work themselves out for you.