We also have Bunny Day on Saturday. It has worked great for 20 years this year!
This article is comparing two religious holiday celebrations: one is the ancient
pagan festival celebrating spring and the other the Christian celebration of
Jesus’ resurrection. Asserting that the Christian holiday celebration is
more important and should take precedence over the pagan tradition is unfair.
You can celebrate both or none, but please do not disparage another
person’s cherished traditions because they are not your own!
The "bunny thing" is for small children, who are not yet at the age of
accountability. It's a innocent, naive, joyful thing for small children --
and Jesus loved (loves) children. It has always been my point of view that the
Savior, and Heavenly Father, have no issue with Santa or the Easter Bunny (for
children) but rather take some exception to accountable people, teens, adults
who get wrapped in commercialism, fine (Easter) apparel and such. Which isn't to disagree with asking the Easter Bunny to come on Saturday.
Great idea. Between conference sessions this year.In all the
planning to celebrate the last week of the Savior's mortal life, don't
lose sight of April 6th... which is His actual birthdate. This is what our
family (now including our grandchildren) looks forward to each year (38 years)
-- angel food cake, strawberries and whipped cream, singing happy birthday to
Jesus and playing Christmas carols.
We have been separating 'the bunny part' and Easter for 42 years in
our family and with the neighborhood. We celebrate Spring with bunnies and egg
hunting. This is our 33 year of a neighborhood "Spring Egg Hunt", which
we can either celebrate the Saturday before or after the fist day of Spring...or
any other week if the weather isn't yet Spring-like. (this year, because
of the snow in Logan, it will be the Saturday that follows General Conference
weekend.) I have always taught my children and now my grandchildren, that
Easter is for Jesus. It allows us to make our Easter celebration what it should
be. And that is a time to celebrate Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
I love your Easter week ideas. I think we'll try some. We have done the
Santa Clause thing, but I could never bring myself to celebrate a bunny at
Easter. We have baskets and candy - but I've never brought up a bunny.
Instead I have a picture representing each day of the last week of Christ
's life, hanging by the dinner table. At dinner we discuss what happened
on that day. By the end of the week each of us are ready and waiting for his
resurrection. It's my favorite holiday.
This came up as a discussion between my wife and I. How to deal with the
bunny... We're going with the Santa thing because while I'm not a fan
of lying to the kid, Santa is a pretty ubiquitous part of the American childhood
experience. And I feel when he's older we can explain, "well it's
based on this person and is used as a representation of the spirit of the
season."I find it much harder to make that same rationalization
for the bunny. We were kind of at an impasse on this. Maybe the ideas in this
article will work as a compromise to sort of separate the bunny from Easter a
We started doing the "fun", secular traditions on Saturday, too, last
year, and it worked very well!
Thanks for sharing
I figure if you can rationalise the whole egg/bunny/chocolate/easter thing, you
can make it work on Sunday. Or any other day.
Thank you for a great reminder that Easter has greater meaning than a
"bunny". My family likewise remembered the Easter Bunny on Saturday,
and the true meaning of Easter, the Atonement and resurrection of Christ on
Sunday.I like your expanding Easter, to the entire last week of the
Saviors life. The scriptures and activities are sure to instill the true
meaning of this great time of year. Christ lives today, He overcame death.
This gift will come to us all, overcoming mortal death and living again. Thanks Heavenly Father, for preparing such a beautiful plan and
providing it as a gift to all that would come to earth.