For those of you who read my blog on a regular basis, you know that it is not about religion. Born Again Brazilian refers to my efforts to become more Brazilian, not more Christian (though becoming more Christian isn’t a bad thing… depending on your definition and if you really do it).
However, I know that the title of my blog leads to some disappointment. And I hate to disappoint. (Just FYI – the misdirection has also led to some friendships as well.) But for those of you who signed up with me for the sole purpose of having another BA buddy, I find it only fair to point out how different a Born Again Brazilian and a Born Again Christian celebrate today’s holiday.
Here is what we’ve done so far on this year’s Easter.
1. Woke up way too early so that our daughter could indulge in the commercial side of the holiday with a chocolate filled Easter basket and finding plastic eggs hid around the living room that were filled with chocolate.
2. Drank a whole bunch of coffee while I searched Rotten Tomatoes to see if any good horror movies were coming out on DVD.
3. Because we were out at a friend’s house last night indulging in our own glucose feed (i.e. wine), combined with the fact that we woke up early, lay around the apartment watching stupid movies and episodes of Medium on Netflix.
4. Too lazy (see 2.) to go out or cook, we consumed sausage and cheese and the hard-boiled eggs the Easter bunny hid and instant noodles… oh yeah, and chocolate. Not exactly a traditional Easter meal.
5. Convinced our daughter that Easter was about staying inside and enjoying all the toys we have to play with and movies to watch and not going to the park like we promised.
6. Took naps. (Well, two of the three of us are currently napping.)
7. Never considered for one moment the idea of leaving our television and our computers to go to church. Or even the idea of going outside.
Here is what the good Christians are doing on this holiday:
Rejoicing about Jesus (did I phrase that right?)
Quoting Scripture (did I spell that right?)
Here’s what other expats in Brazil are doing…
See the difference?