What do Arbor Day and Easter have in common?

University of Michigan students participate in an Earth Day Tree Hugging Flash MobFriday was Arbor Day. In the town where I live, that meant a free tree! Of course I can’t pass up the chance to plant another tree. The nice people giving out free Douglas Fir trees also offered me a flyer about Arbor Day. This caught my eye; this description of Arbor Day as a distinctive holiday

Open quote markMost holidays celebrate something that has already happened and is worth remembering like the day someone was born or a religious holiday celebrating a past event. Arbor Day reflects a hope for the future.

Not so fast Arbor Day! You don’t have the corner on this market!

Hope for the future? What about Easter!?

Though comparing Easter to Arbor Day is like matching up apples to oranges, it did cause me to ponder.

Time Out. Talk about…A speech bubble Ask your family: What are the similarities between these two holidays? What are the differences?

Both holidays share in hope for the future, but Easter has an advantage… we don’t have to wait for a tiny tree to grow into a towering timber.

With Easter there is no wait.

Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can have a close relationship with our mighty God…today!

That is something worth celebrating every day!

A freshly planted Douglas Fir seedlingA massive Douglas Fir tree
On the left, the bucket was placed there as a size comparison. This is a seedling! Though it has high hopes for someday being tall!

Photo credits:
The seedling photo is from my archives.
Tree huggers is by the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment.
The massive Douglas Fir is by Wildcat Dunny. Both of these Flickr photos were licensed under: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic