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Marylea - posted on 03/22/2011
I agree with what Heather said. We don't do santa at Christmas or the easter bunny/eggs/chocolate etc. at easter in our house either. My personal opinion is that you have decide why you're celebrating the holiday. The easter bunny and egg hunts and all that jazz are apart of the secular/comercialized holiday of easter, its a holiday of self indulgence with nothing to do with Christ. If that's what you want to celebrate go ahead but Easter as a Christian holiday is about the sacrifice that Jesus made for us and about His death and resurrection. I personally don't agree with amalgamating the two.
Danielle - posted on 03/21/2011
Like a few people have pointed out, its all about how you emphases things. We have always done eggs, and bunnies are darn cute, but we don't go over board. We have Easter baskets, but they are simple and always have a cross and a verse in them.
One thing that brought home the true meaning of Easter to me as a kid was how my mom brought old tradition in. Along with the fun dyed eggs we would make Ukrainian Pynsaky eggs. There is so much meaning to them, my mom was truly able to tie-in the Resurrection to the work, time and effort it takes to make a Pynsaky.
We also would celebrate Passover. Since God created it there is tons of meaning, and tons of fun in it. In my opinion there is nothing wrong with having fun during a Christian holiday, be it a rompous passover, or family time making bright colored eggs. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to make Pynsaky, and enjoy a Passover meal.
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I think the Easter celebration is too commercial. That the problem. You have to ask yourself. Do I want to do the Chirstmas Santa, Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy thing? I chose to do it and now regret that choice. At 13 month old your child is too little to understand the True meaning of things. So, let him enjoy the Egg hunt but keep the Bunny out of it. Keep the Gift giving but keep Santa and the tooth fairy (when he older of course) out of it Celebrate these occasions with Chirst as the Center. For a child as young as 13 mos old I would use look for Sunday School circulum for that age range use it as a guide. Repeatition is key with this age. Books about Chirst for the seasons or Easter and Christmas are great tools. God Bless
Amanda - posted on 03/24/2011
We do the Easter bunny and egg hunts, though my daughter doesn't quite get it. We also go to church on Easter, attend holy week services (since our church has services almost ever day of holy week) and explain as much as we can what the holiday is really about.
Tracy - posted on 03/24/2011
We have always let our children believe in the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and Santa. They too all know the REAL reason's for Christmas and Easter. I just believe that there is more lessons in the entire package. As I had said, they always have had the "magic" of Christmas and Easter, and in following that, loosing their teeth, thus the toothfairy. When they were older and had the maturity to question the questions, we explained to them [two of our three children] that "yes, we [mom and dad with occasional help from loved ones -friends and family] had been the ones to be Santa, the Easter Bunny, and even the Tooth Fairy, but anyone can be those things. They are real, the 'magic' of them anyway. They are what Jesus wants us all to be, -someone who gives without needing the recognition of having given. To give from the heart, with love." I believe that my children have been able to experience the Joy, Love, and unselfishness of having been given to by Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy... and I have seen them now want to 'pay it forward' and do the same for others. They can now experience giving truely from the heart. That's our experience anyway, we have one more child who is young and still 'believes'.
Donna - posted on 03/20/2011
1I agree with what many of these women have said, you can do the eggs and the egg hunt as long as you balance it with teaching your children about the true meaning of Easter. As your son gets older you can tell the Easter story through Resurrection Eggs; plastic eggs and each tell a part of the Easter story and it's true meaning.
Ultimately though, as I think Victoria said, it's a personal choice.
Heather - posted on 03/18/2011
We don't do the bunny or eggs. That tradition has roots in paganism and it really does just distract us from Christ. I want my kids to grow up looking forward to celebrating the resurrection of our Savior, not looking forward to candy. (I should note that we don't do Santa either. I feel that to tell my kids something is real when it's not is to lie, and Satan is the father of all lies...)
Victoria - posted on 03/17/2011
We do Easter Eggs, but we don't do the easter bunny. We celebrate Good Friday & Resurrection Sunday. We celebrate Jesus. The Easter eggs are just gifts and a bit of fun, we might do an egg hunt, but we we've never told our kids that the easter bunny is anything to celebrate, just like we don't celebrate santa at Christmas.
It's a personal choice though.
Carla - posted on 03/17/2011
My grandfather was a minister, we were brought to church at a week old. We always celebrated Easter. We all went to church, then went to Grama's house for a huge ham dinner and an Easter egg hunt and baskets. We did not for one minute idolize the Easter bunny instead of Jesus. We knew WHY we celebrated Easter, it was just a fun thing for little kids.
As long as you teach him from day one, WHY we celebrate Easter, and WHO we owe our salvation to, he should be fine.
God bless, honey, have a wonderful Easter!
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