I wanted to chat about something that may or may not be controversial, but as always I love getting other parents feedback and opinion on why they choose to do the things they do! It’s interesting to me to hear other perspectives and see how others parent. It doesn’t necessarily mean I will change my views nor will they, but I love having healthy discussions about hot topics. It’s good, quality conversation!
Why We Don’t Do the “Easter Bunny”
We are looking forward to celebrating Easter in a couple weekends with our family. But just like Santa at Christmas, I’m sure the “Easter Bunny” is bound to come up with someone.
No, we don’t do the bunny around here. Our kids don’t get baskets from this mysterious bunny nor do we allude to him visiting our home or attempt any funny mall photos with him.
I should’ve prefaced this with the statement that if you do do those things, great (again, see above how we all parent differently^^^) We just choose not to. And why?
Well, because Easter is singlehandedly about Jesus Christ and His resurrection. And I know that offends a lot of people and it’s something people like to ignore when they celebrate holidays like Christmas and Easter, but Easter is indeed about Jesus whether you agree with it or not.
At Christmastime we avoid a lot of the Santa talk and just don’t make a big deal of him. We finally came down to doing one gift from “Santa” and the rest from us. And even that I don’t always feel comfortable with, but in an effort to keep some magic into the holiday for them while they’re young we do that. Plus we do a pretty good job of continuing conversation throughout the month of December about why we’re celebrating and the true meaning behind the holiday.
Easter, however, I refuse to budge on. It is the time we celebrate the living sacrifice Jesus gave to us and that He is truly our King of Kings. No where in the Bible is there a bunny and in fact, the whole thing is just weird to me. I once researched where that bunny originated from and how it got involved in the whole Easter celebration and learned it’s exact origin is a bit uncertain, but some believe it was a German tradition brought over to America which has morphed into what it is today. Actually here’s a good article about it.
Ultimately, there is no mention of a bunny or even eggs in scripture. While we do participate in egg hunts, dying eggs, even a basket (the basket is from us — not a bunny), the bunny seems to make a false idol of this amazing day. I also once researched a bit about how eggs and egg hunts came into the whole Easter “tradition” and found this really great post on History.com that talks about all of the Easter symbols and traditions, and how eggs in particular have been a symbol of new life (see: spring) for centuries.
At the end of the day, I never want them to be distracted from what Easter represents and how important it is to our faith and our testimony as Christians. I know this won’t be a popular post, but we are committed to raising our children with a foundation of Christ and I won’t be ashamed of that.
For He has risen indeed!
Even though we don’t do the bunny, we still have some pretty amazing traditions that include spending the morning at church, spending lots of time with our family around a big, delicious meal and talking about WHY this day is so very important. We still do an egg hunt in our yard on Easter and have attempted dying eggs the past couple years. So we’re not all grumpy, holiday scrooges. We just believe in stripping down this particular holiday to what it truly means.
What are your thoughts on the bunny? If you do partake in the bunny tradition, what is your reasoning?