Festive fun or hopping mad: Is Easter turning into the new Christmas?

Festive fun or hopping mad: Is Easter turning into the new Christmas?

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There was a time when Easter meant a nice Sunday roast, strange homemade bonnets, a visit to Church and lots of chocolate. But with shops are now offering trees, wreaths and crackers, is it starting to become spring’s answer to Christmas?

There was a time when Easter meant a nice Sunday roast, strange homemade bonnets, a visit to Church and lots of chocolate. But with shops are now offering trees, wreaths and crackers, is it starting to become spring’s answer to Christmas?

Carolyn Bailey is homes and garden editor for the magazine. She said that more people were buying decorations for Easter than ever before.

“Easter is becoming like a second Christmas,” she said.

Retailers have sprung on the trend. A number of supermarkets including the big ones such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Asda are stocking Easter crackers this year. Crazy right?!

Poundland have also got in on the action, offering everything from bunny banners to carrot-shaped fairy lights.

Meanwhile Tesco, M&S and John Lewis are selling egg-speckled wreaths.

Eggs are no longer just made of chocolate, but are painted and covered in beads, sparkles or pom-poms.

And where do you hang these trinkets? On an Easter tree of course. Again this ridiculous but people are buying them!

Varying arrays of twigs – often painted white – are laden with colourful eggs and bunnies.

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There are more than 16,000 posts on Social Medias such as Instagram and thousands more on Pinterest.

If your garden doesn’t have much in the way of Instagram-able branches, a number of high-street stores are selling the skeletal trees ready for decorating.

Canon Sarah Rowland Jones is from the Church in Wales.

“In many ways Easter is the more important Christian festival,” she says. “People should be given cause to remember what it’s all about.

“If making more of Easter makes people look beyond the caricature of Christianity – at what is at the heart of what more than two billion people around the world practice – then it’s a good thing.”

Easter continues to be the second-biggest retail event in the UK after Christmas.

Market researcher, Mintel, estimated Easter to be worth £550 million to UK retailers in 2016.

The craft giant, Hobbycraft has seen its sales of their Easter range fly almost 44% compared to last year.

Included in the range is a faux grass bunny which has completely sold out. Meanwhile, fillable egg characters are up 93% compared to 2016.

Hobbycraft says “decorating the home for Easter is bigger than ever before” and that homeowners are inspired by crafters like American businesswoman Martha Stewart.

Martha Stewart’s online project tutorials currently include “cosmic painted eggs” and “How to fold a napkin into a bunny”.

But if all this hasn’t got you going crazy and asking yourself the question ‘why?’, Amazon has just the slogan t-shirt for you: “I don’t carrot all.”