Tuesday, 19 April 2011
My Hot Cross Bun 'Issues'
Once upon a not-so-long-ago time, hot cross buns were available in the shops only a few weeks before Easter. Back in those days I would buy them as often as I could and even store some in the freezer to enjoy after Easter. In particular, we enjoyed the Coles homebrand buns. They weren't dried out so you could eat them toasted or not, as you desired. Over the last few years hot cross buns have been available within days of Christmas being over. And this is where my objections began.
Is it just me, or is there something inherently wrong with greedily profiting from a religious observance and tradition some four months before the event actually occurs? Because of the commercial greed that drives the provision of hot cross buns so many months before they're required, I now buy none. That's right, not a single cent is spent on purchasing these little fruit buns that absolutely adore. And that makes me feel a tad cranky. I want to stomp my foot and whine "It's not fair"!
Rather than becoming bitter and twisted about the whole thing, I decided to make the tradition of eating hot cross buns a meaningful and special event in our family. I make them early in the day on Good Friday so that we can hopefully have them for morning tea. Over the years we've spent time staying with friends, camping, staying home....and no matter where we are I will make them. Because I want my children to know they are a special part of the symbolism that helps us focus on the reason we celebrate Easter in the first place.