As someone who grew up in a unchurched home, I sometimes struggle with holidays who background and "true" meaning lies in the church. My Easters were full of the Easter Bunny, eggs and baskets, I am not sure Jesus was ever mentioned. That is not what I want for my girls!!! Already R knows that Easter is about Jesus (and she had known since her 1st year. Thanks to Miss Patty Cake) For those of you with little kids Miss Patty Cake has a video in which she uses the Resurrections Eggs (FamilyLife) to tell the Easter story. It has stuck with R. This year R has discovered that people were mean to Jesus, and hurt him. How oh how to you explain this to a soon-to-be 3 year old!!! I told her that the mean people gave Jesus boo boos and God fixed/healed those boo boos. She understands the concept of boo boos. At first I was a little concerned about her fixation on the boo boos, but then I asked her what happened after God fixed the boo boos. She told me Jesus is alive!!
So she is off to a good start. But the dilemma is what to do about the Easter Bunny and the baskets. and the Easter Egg hunt (always a HUGE and exciting part of my childhood!) Part of the issue is that Hubbie is singing at the Sunrise service and all 3 services after that. He will not be home until about 1. So there is not really a way to have the Easter Bunny leave the baskets before church or even while we are at church. This year I think we have settled on just giving them the baskets after Hubbie gets home. Not really making a big deal about the Bunny bringing them. I am not really sure I ever want to be make a big deal about the Bunny. But then I struggle with turning my back on my childhood and the traditions my parents gave me. I LOVED the Easter Egg hunt. My Dad is the BEST egg hider ever!! He used to make a tape of where all the eggs were because he hid them so well. I want them to experience that too.