The Easter break is behind us. A subdued Parliament has returned to a difficult summer term, remembering the horror of the terrorist attack, the implications once again of the Middle East and the legislative burden of delivering an exit from the European Union. Whatever the next couple of years brings at Westminster, life will not be the same again.

But there we are. Life changes, for Parliament, the country and in individual lives up and down the country. Our world is made up of questions about how we progress, and what we take with us, or leave behind.

While most of us welcome change, and confront the difficult changes with resolution, we want some things to remain the same. And one of these, I believe firmly, is an understanding of our past reflected in the country’s overwhelmingly Christian heritage.

The row over the National Trusts ‘airbrushing out’ of the word Easter, in reference to the egg hunts at various NT venues brought this issue to light again. It has come up before in arguments about the renaming of Christmas as ‘Winterval’ once upon a time and surfaces occasionally with stories like the Easter Egg hunt. As often the case, the facts behind a tabloid story were not quite as they seemed. Yes, the NT had renamed its hunt after its sponsor, and it was thoughtless not to have called it Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt, but a glance at it’s website would have seen many references to Easter.

But the point about the risk of losing the reference to why we have an egg hunt in the first place was well made. I suspect there are many growing up knowing more about the Easter bunny than the Cross, and I think that is a shame. I was lucky enough to be brought up in a Christian family, and go to a school where we had an assembly with hymns, so the weaving of our country’s history with Christianity was revealed throughout my education. It explains why every town and village has a church, explains our monarchy’s history, our island’s struggles for identity in a European continent with a clash between Christian sects and of course why we have ‘Christmas’ and ‘Easter’ at all.

You cannot understand England, or the United Kingdom, without an understanding of the Christian faith, just as I do not think we should now allow our young people to leave school without understanding the impact of different faiths on the wider world.

Accordingly we should cherish the names of Christian festivals. You do not have to be a believer to recognise the impact of faith in the UK, but we do our future a disservice if we remove, however innocently, the past.