I am very interested in what Christian’s perspectives are about the Easter bunny and eggs when the reason for the holiday is Christ’s resurrection. I’ve read a few articles and even got a few social media comments on the topic on some questions I posted.
Here are some thoughts I have received:
“Make them aware of the truth, but don’t celebrate it (the Easter bunny). That’s what my pastor did with Santa.”“I’d leave the Easter Bunny in Easter (still a fun part of the holiday for the kids), but separate truth from fiction for them (bunny is made-up; Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection is real and very meaningful) and make it clear to them that Easter is -about- Jesus. Priorities. But there’s no reason we can’t include all the other stuff – it’s not intrinsically harmful or sinful for us to participate in Easter bunny stories and egg hunts! And candy is always good.”
Right now, Penny and William don’t know about what I have taken to calling “American Easter.” They don’t know about the Easter bunny. They don’t know that the chocolate eggs and jelly beans that have shown up in our kitchen are connected to this upcoming holiday. They don’t think of Easter as a day of candy and treats and baby chicks and bunny rabbits. Their experience of Easter right now comes only through stories and songs learned in church.
Some Christians, rather than celebrate the fact that a day that was once devoted to the celebration of a pagan god and is now devoted to Jesus, wish to be the conscience police and go around telling everyone how they should stop having fun and celebrating because of the day’s origins. If someone has a conscience issue with celebrating the holiday, they should abstain, but to rail against kids eating candy and having fun sounds more like the religious types who murdered Jesus than the kids who hung out with him.