Easter - Any one out there not celebrating easter?

Angela - posted on 04/07/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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Looking to hear some opions and how to carefully explain to your children you are not celebrating easter.

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Cassandra - posted on 04/12/2009

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Our family doesn't celebrate Easter. My children are grown now, but as they grew up, we simply prayfully practiced speaking the truth in love. Over the years, I have found this to be the best practice, because as different trials have arisen, we could always ask, "Have I ever lied to you." We have found that in the beginning, this laid a foundation of trust, and when it things got tough, that foundation was still there for us to build upon. God will give you the wisdom to share with your children. He has given you good gifts, and He will teach you how to care for them.

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Found it:

The Pagan Origin Of Easter





Easter is a day that is honered by nearly all of contemporary Christianity and is used to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The holiday often involves a church service at sunrise, a feast which includes an "Easter Ham", decorated eggs and stories about rabbits.

Those who love truth learn to ask questions, and many questions must be asked regarding the holiday of Easter.

Is it truly the day when Jesus arose from the dead? Where did all of the strange customs come from, which have nothing to do with the resurrection of our Saviour?

The purpose of this tract is to help answer those questions, and to help those who seek truth to draw their own conclusions.

The first thing we must understand is that professing Christians were not the only ones who celebrated a festival called "Easter."

"Ishtar", which is pronounced "Easter" was a day that commemorated the resurrection of one of their gods that they called "Tammuz", who was believed to be the only begotten son of the moon-goddess and the sun-god.

In those ancient times, there was a man named Nimrod, who was the grandson of one of Noah's son named Ham.

Ham had a son named Cush who married a woman named Semiramis.Cush and Semiramis then had a son named him "Nimrod."

After the death of his father, Nimrod married his own mother and became a powerful King.

The Bible tells of of this man, Nimrod, in Genesis 10:8-10 as follows: "And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad,and Calneh, in the land of Shinar."

Nimrod became a god-man to the people and Semiramis, his wife and mother, became the powerful Queen of ancient Babylon.

Nimrod was eventually killed by an enemy, and his body was cut in pieces and sent to various parts of his kingdom.

Semiramis had all of the parts gathered, except for one part that could not be found.

That missing part was his reproductive organ. Semiramis claimed that Nimrod could not come back to life without it and told the people of Babylon that Nimrod had ascended to the sun and was now to be called "Baal", the sun god.

Queen Semiramis also proclaimed that Baal would be present on earth in the form of a flame, whether candle or lamp, when used in worship.

Semiramis was creating a mystery religion, and with the help of Satan, she set herself up as a goddess.

Semiramis claimed that she was immaculately conceived.

She taught that the moon was a goddess that went through a 28 day cycle and ovulated when full.

She further claimed that she came down from the moon in a giant moon egg that fell into the Euphrates River.

This was to have happened at the time of the first full moon after the spring equinox.

Semiramis became known as "Ishtar" which is pronounced "Easter", and her moon egg became known as "Ishtar's" egg."

Ishtar soon became pregnant and claimed that it was the rays of the sun-god Baal that caused her to conceive.

The son that she brought forth was named Tammuz.

Tammuz was noted to be especially fond of rabbits, and they became sacred in the ancient religion, because Tammuz was believed to be the son of the sun-god, Baal. Tammuz, like his supposed father, became a hunter.

The day came when Tammuz was killed by a wild pig.

Queen Ishtar told the people that Tammuz was now ascended to his father, Baal, and that the two of them would be with the worshippers in the sacred candle or lamp flame as Father, Son and Spirit.

Ishtar, who was now worshipped as the "Mother of God and Queen of Heaven", continued to build her mystery religion.

The queen told the worshippers that when Tammuz was killed by the wild pig, some of his blood fell on the stump of an evergreen tree, and the stump grew into a full new tree overnight. This made the evergreen tree sacred by the blood of Tammuz.

She also proclaimed a forty day period of time of sorrow each year prior to the anniversary of the death of Tammuz.

During this time, no meat was to be eaten.

Worshippers were to meditate upon the sacred mysteries of Baal and Tammuz, and to make the sign of the "T" in front of their hearts as they worshipped.

They also ate sacred cakes with the marking of a "T" or cross on the top.

Every year, on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, a celebration was made.

It was Ishtar's Sunday and was celebrated with rabbits and eggs.

Ishtar also proclaimed that because Tammuz was killed by a pig, that a pig must be eaten on that Sunday.

By now, the readers of this tract should have made the connection that paganism has infiltrated the contemporary "Christian" churches, and further study indicates that this paganism came in by way of the Roman Catholic System.

The truth is that Easter has nothing whatsoever to do with the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We also know that Easter can be as much as three weeks away from the Passover, because the pagan holiday is always set as the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.

Some have wondered why the word "Easter" is in the the King James Bible.

It is because Acts, chapter 12, tells us that it was the evil King Herod, who was planning to celebrate Easter, and not the Christians.

The true Passover and pagan Easter sometimes coincide, but in some years, they are a great distance apart.

So much more could be said, and we have much more information for you, if you are a seeker of the truth.

We know that the Bible tells us in John 4:24, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."

The truth is that the forty days of Lent, eggs, rabbits,hot cross buns and the Easter ham have everything to do with the ancient pagan religion of Mystery Babylon.These are all antichrist activities!

Satan is a master deceiver, and has filled the lives of well-meaning, professing Christians with idolatry.

These things bring the wrath of God upon children of disobedience, who try to make pagan customs of Baal worship Christian.

You must answer for your activities and for what you teach your children.

These customs of Easter honor Baal, who is also Satan, and is still worshipped as the "Rising Sun" and his house is the "House of the Rising Sun."

How many churches have "sunrise services" on Ishtar's day and face the rising sun in the East?

How many will use colored eggs and rabbit stories, as they did in ancient Babylon.

These things are no joke, any more than Judgement day is a joke.

I pray to God that this tract will cause you to search for more truth.

We will be glad to help you by providing more information and by praying for you.

These are the last days, and it is time to repent, come out and be separate.

David J. Meyer

Last Trumpet Ministries International

PO Box 806

Beaver Dam, WI 53916

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Quoting Christie:

why would you choose not to celebrate easter? its 1 part of 2 as the most important dates/holidays in the life of us christians!


Christie,



She doesn't mean that she does not celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, she means she does not celebrate "Easter", which is actually pagan in nature.



I read recently that the first origins of easter were from a sumerian or babylonian goddess, whose name has evolved over the ages.  When Christianity became the religion of the empire, they looked for ways to popularize Christian holidays, and the celebration of Jesus Resurrection became easter, taking aspects of both and combining them.  Still looking for that source where I read that last week, (maybe somebody else out there has a better memory than I do!) but here is what Wiki says...



"The modern English term Easter developed from , whose name he reconstructed as *Ostara.



The implications of the goddess have resulted in scholarly theories about whether or not Eostre is an invention of Bede, theories connecting Eostre with records of Germanic folk custom (including of her name. Grimm's reconstructed *Ostara has had some influence in modern popular culture. "

Christie - posted on 04/11/2009

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why would you choose not to celebrate easter? its 1 part of 2 as the most important dates/holidays in the life of us christians!

Lenetha - posted on 04/11/2009

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We don't do "Easter". We do Resurrection Day(my son says "mesurmexon day..its too cute). We kind of stay away from the regular Easter egg hunts and stuff and only do stuff that is in a Christian setting(churches friends homes etc). We do Resurrection Eggs from either Family Life or Focus on the Family(I can't remember which one created them...Mommy brain, go figure)that goes through the whole story with little eggs that are opened daily that have symbols of Christ's Resurrection. We also do the Resurrection Cookies.

My son doesn't realize that Christmas is such a big deal in the area of Santa or getting toys. We put up the tree and make stuff for others but we have tried to take the emphasise of of gifts. Our family understands how we feel and try to understand that we want to do more giving than getting. We still let him give gifts, but it is not a gift overload that it was when I was a kid. He has no idea who Santa is(you should see the looks that he give people when they ask him what Santa is giving them this year). It leaves an opening for me to talk to others about the reason for the different seasons. When approriate, we will teach him about St. Nicholaus.

Crystal - posted on 04/11/2009

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Quoting Mary:



I posted in another conversation about the fact that our family keeps Passover as more of a focus during this season instead of Easter. We get together with family, we do what they plan because we are not legalistic enough to ruin the relationships over "non-issues." (my son is old enough to not be confused).






We find that honoring God's appointed times is more than gratifying to our family. We invite friends to Seder (the Passover celebration that mirrors the communion we all partake of at church), we refrain from leaven for eight days as a physical evidence of the sin we purifying for our hearts as well and we rejoice on resurrection day when the feast of first fruits reminds us that just as Jesus is the first to be raised from the dead, we too have the sure hope of eternal life when He returns. It is wonderful to see Him in all the appointed times of the Bible. They are dates that God has especially invited us to participate in.






I read, teach and write about these holy days on a regular basis. If you are interested send me a message at FB and I'll be happy to respond. Be blessed, Shabbat Shalom.



 



 



My family celebrates our Father's appointed times as well and we have 3 children ages 10, 8, & 20 months with another on the way... This will be our third year keeping the holy days found in Leviticus 23, and although it was a big change to go from Christmas and Easter to the actual Biblical holidays, we were just very honest with our children about why we were changing and even pulled up the origins of the traditional Christian holidays on Wikipedia and let them read for themselves how they are so polluted with and even originate from Pagan traditions and holidays... my children quickly decided for themselves that they would rather celebrate the actual days that God had appointed and set forth for us & it quickly became a non-issue... We surround ourselves with people of like mind & faith & we always have others to share these wonderful times with! We have just finished celebrating Passover and are now looking forward to the Feast of First Fruits tomorrow... My advice is to find out for yourself where Christmas & Easter come from with a quick Wikipedia search & then decide for yourselves... Our Father wants us to celebrate this season, but he already gave us the instructions for how we are to celebrate it... Check out Leviticus 23 for a list of His appoitned times & Exodus 12 for the first Passover... it's a very emotional thing!





 

Marie - posted on 04/11/2009

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That's great in all, but I know of so many of my friends that were raised with no easter baskets, can't have a christmas tree (placing gifts under a Christmas tree is pegan too, to worship the tree or god of nature) and those friends are now in to Kaballa, or atheist, or don't want anything to do with "strict" religion. I think easter bunnys, candy, christmas trees & santa should be excluded, but just not focused on, and the Jesus, the real reason for the holidays be the center and focused on. Your kids will thank u later.

Rebekah - posted on 04/11/2009

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I won't celebrate Easter the way the world does, no baskets at my house.  We bake Resurrection cookies, build a wooden cross that is rugged and ugly and then we read the Easter Story (many chapters on it Mark 15, also found in Luke and Matthew, etc.).  After we read the story we make the cross look beautiful by decorating it with flowers, paint, stickers, etc.  To represent that Jesus died for our sins to make us clean, so beautifying the cross is a way to understand that our sins are ugly and when Jesus comes in He cleans us up and makes us look beautiful on the inside.



There are other things you can do too... We sent home a Easter Family sheet to all of our parents at church with some Easter ideas to do as a family to teach the message of the Cross.  If you want more ideas, just let me know.

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Quoting Mary:



I posted in another conversation about the fact that our family keeps Passover as more of a focus during this season instead of Easter. We get together with family, we do what they plan because we are not legalistic enough to ruin the relationships over "non-issues." (my son is old enough to not be confused).






We find that honoring God's appointed times is more than gratifying to our family. We invite friends to Seder (the Passover celebration that mirrors the communion we all partake of at church), we refrain from leaven for eight days as a physical evidence of the sin we purifying for our hearts as well and we rejoice on resurrection day when the feast of first fruits reminds us that just as Jesus is the first to be raised from the dead, we too have the sure hope of eternal life when He returns. It is wonderful to see Him in all the appointed times of the Bible. They are dates that God has especially invited us to participate in.






I read, teach and write about these holy days on a regular basis. If you are interested send me a message at FB and I'll be happy to respond. Be blessed, Shabbat Shalom.





I LOVE this idea, Mary!



I've been looking into doing this for a while now.  Our daughter spent 3 weeks over Christmas in Israel on an archeologocal dig in Qumran, and the experience has enriched our whole family.  Many followers of Christ who do not have a Jewish heritage have no knowledge of the pesach seder traditions that forshadow Christ.  I am learning a little bit, but feel so ignorant that I know so little of these traditions that Jesus was observing that night.  The Lord's Supper grew out of this, and I think this is more meaningful than all the bunny/egg/pagan junk that is everywhere.



Do you know of any good resources for better understanding the passover seder?



My kids are obviously older, but for us, it's Resurrection Sunday- "Easter" was a pagan goddess.

Marie - posted on 04/10/2009

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I was raised on believing in Santa and the Easter Bunny. The same for my kids. The only difference is we tell them the REAL reason for Christmas and Easter, and santa and bunny make the holidays fun. They will have friends and questions and couriousity about why they don't "do santa or Easter bunny" I think.

Christelle - posted on 04/10/2009

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Thanks for the recipe - it's a great idea that I first heard about hear on CoM's and will definitely do tomorrow.  What we did today (Good Friday) (Also a borrowed idea that seems to work well with my 5yr old) - I made three crosses of ice cream sticks, we read the crucifiction and then made a little mound  (in the tree house son the dogs can't get to it) and planted the 3 crosses.  Then, this afternoon, we read about the death and burial,  made a little cave, put a stick wrapped in tissue inside and place a Playdoh "stone" in front of the opening.  My son was so excited and kept returning to the "cave".  I'll sneak out early Sunday morning to remove the jesus figure and then we'll read about the resurrection.  It's the first time I really talked about the real meaning of Easter and hope he understands.  I don't do egg hunts, we buy chocolate bunnies whenever, as well as the white cho eggs (I loooove them) but I don't link it to easter.

Dawn - posted on 04/10/2009

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my kids get an Easter basket but we don't tell them the Easter bunny brought it we tell them that we got it. and we get each kid a book (always a christian one if i can find it) and a toy and a few pieces of chocolate for the older one. the only reason i do it is because they get baskets from both grandmas and from my mom's sweet neighbor. but we don't do the egg hunts or anything. maybe when they get older and start hearing about if from other kids then i'll consider it.

we don't celebrate halloween and i had such a hard time with this last one with everyone putting me down for not taking my kids trick or treating! and everytime i said explained the evils of it i got scoffed at. that wasn't so bad but my daughter was bombarded with it on tv and just everywhere we went and kept asking why we couldn't participate in stuff. she's almost 4 and not quite understanding yet that that holiday just isn't pleasing to God. it's almost heartbreaking to see your kids disappointment when they hear other kids talking about santa, the easter bunny and halloween and then you tell them that we don't allow it as Christians and it makes me (almost) want to give in. but i've been holding strong cause i know that they will get it in a few years.

Lori - posted on 04/09/2009

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We don't do the Easter Bunny thing either and I just tell my kids there is not such thing as a giant rabbit LOL!!  As far as eggs go, I have taught my preschool aged sons that the best egg to find is an empty one relating it back to finding the empty tomb on Easter morning.  You could do eggs in this way and then also relate it back to new life and the new life we got in Christ when he died for our sins. 

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what part of easter are you refering to? If you mean the easter bunny and the egg hunting okay that doesnt mean your not celebrating for the true meaning of easter has nothing to do with coloring and hiding eggs and the easter bunny. Good friday being the day that Jesus was cruisified on the cross and easter sunday he rose again. You dont have to do the egg hunting thing to recognize easter it just makes it kinda fun. My son is two and he gets an easter basket and hunts for eggs for fun, but we read stories and talk about the true meaning of easter. When he gets old enough to know better I will explain that the easter bunny is not real, but its a fun thing taht you can do with your kids. I dont think hunting for easter eggs is celebrating the easter bunny. Just as giving gifts for christmas and teaching your children its better to give than to get and baking a birthday cake for jesus is not celebrating santa clause.

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I recommend only focusing on Christ. The history of "Easter" not resurrection has nothing to with Jesus. Easter is from a goddess named Eastra. She had the body of a woman and head of a rabbit. People prayed to her for fertility, thus the eggs. They worshiped her in the spring. It is PAGAN. I can't recall the year that the catholic church began allowing pagans to have their holidays in church but it all tied together at some point. Hope that helps a bit.

Krystle - posted on 04/09/2009

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i ditto heather. we are actually going to a service tonight at sundown to celebrate Christs death. no Easter though... just the special service tonight.

Melinda - posted on 04/09/2009

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I don't see a problem with an egg hunt. I can see the whole Easter bunny thing. Easter eggs started as a representation of our new life in Christ. We need to take back our traditions and stop letting the world take them over and turning them into something they are not meant to be. Easter Lilies is a nice way of commemorating as well

Jennifer - posted on 04/09/2009

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Amy, is it not so much fun. My kids can't read just yet...least not that good. But I will read it to them and they guess what it is we need. It is so much fun though when they figure out what it is and their faces lite up, plus it isn't all that bad of a cake to eat...LOL!

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Jennifer, we have that Bible cake recipe too!! We love it cuz the kids read the verses to see what ingrediants we need.

Jennifer - posted on 04/09/2009

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As for our family I can say that we celebrate the resurection. Our kids are 5 and 4 and we do not go out and buy the whole spill of the easter basket and the Easter bunny bringing tha morning. We do not encourage our kids to believe that there is a Easter bunny. However, we do get together with our family and do the egg hunts but it is all backed with what and why we celebrate Easter. Just as with Christmas, my kids know there is NOT a Santa. We are more so those that will not let the world say what we need to in order to celebrate the birth or resurection of our Lord and Saviour. I know for my opinion we have let the worldly things get to involved and then decicate how we should celebrate it. My kids know that Easter is not about getting dressed up, or the bunny coming with the goodies, or the hunting of the eggs, just as with Christmas, they know it is not about some fake person coming and giving them gifts and it kills me that kids, along with the parents feel we have to follow suit and do what has been done and in all honesty, we have gotten away from what these two major "holidays" actually mean! As Christians we have taken a back sit for so long. Sorry if I stepped on anyones toes but some of our family have issues with us as well due to "not celebrating Easter" the way the rest of the world does but they all have come to relize to respect us!



Love the Res cookie receipes as well. We have a Bible cake receipe that you have to actually get the Bible out and look up the verses in order to make the cake. But I plan on doing these cookies because it is fun for the kids as well as they learn from it! Thank you for sharing!

Mary - posted on 04/08/2009

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I posted in another conversation about the fact that our family keeps Passover as more of a focus during this season instead of Easter. We get together with family, we do what they plan because we are not legalistic enough to ruin the relationships over "non-issues." (my son is old enough to not be confused).



We find that honoring God's appointed times is more than gratifying to our family. We invite friends to Seder (the Passover celebration that mirrors the communion we all partake of at church), we refrain from leaven for eight days as a physical evidence of the sin we purifying for our hearts as well and we rejoice on resurrection day when the feast of first fruits reminds us that just as Jesus is the first to be raised from the dead, we too have the sure hope of eternal life when He returns. It is wonderful to see Him in all the appointed times of the Bible. They are dates that God has especially invited us to participate in.



I read, teach and write about these holy days on a regular basis. If you are interested send me a message at FB and I'll be happy to respond. Be blessed, Shabbat Shalom.

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That recipe sound neat for rez cookies. I have made other ones, where you take the pilsbury cresent rolls and open them up to triangle shape. Take a marshmallow (Jesus wrapped in burial clothes), dip it in marg/butter melted (annointing oils, spices on the body), then carefully wrap and seal "Jesus" in the "tomb" (cresent roll). Bake according to directions and when you open them after Jesus has risen as it is empty inside. This is a shortened version of the story I tell as we do it. 



I made them with my Sunday School class last year and it was a hit. 

Amanda - posted on 04/07/2009

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We celebrate the resurection, but not the bunny. Early on, we decided that honesty is the best policy. We never promote the easter bunny, or santa, but of course the kids hear about them and get excited, so this is how we handle it. when they are old enough to ask "is the (fill in the blank) real?" we ask, "do you want the fun answer, or the truth?" if they say "fun answer", we say "it's fun to beleive in the easter bunny." if they say the "truth," we tell them that it's just a fun thing people like to pretend, but it's not real. Our reasoning is that if we lie to them at a young age about this stuff, when they do find out that they're not real, they may question whether we told the truth about Jesus being real too. We have done baskets and easter egg hunts, but try to emphisize that it's not what easter is about. We always make a big deal on easter, making sure to call it "Resurection Sunday" instead. I struggle with not wanting them to feel completely excluded, but not wanting the worldly influences, so we try to get involved in the church activities, trusting that the kids get something good from them. I don't think we've figured out the best solution. I like some of the ideas posted so far.

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We don't do Santa or the Easter Bunny, but we do Easter egg hunts for fun.  Last year (and probably will this year as well) I took the kids to a large Easter egg hunt sponsered by one of our local churches.



My girls know the true story of 'Santa' and the Easter bunny has never come up in our house.



I probably didn't help much.

Heather - posted on 04/07/2009

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I personally believe that celebrating Christs death and resurrection is very important for childern. We have made it very clear that the easter bunny is a made up creature, and does not exist. I believe that lying to my kids is just plain wrong. My mom did all the holidays with me (santa, easter bunny, tooth fairy) but I don't think it's right. I'm not going to put down anyone who does do them, I just don't think it's right for my family. That being said, our kids do enjoy searching for the eggs that mom and dad hide around the house. I do this because I don't want them to resent growing up as a Christian. But before they can look for the eggs we do read the resurrection story from the Bible. I try to do more toys in the eggs then candy because all that sugar is never good and it usually sits in our house until it goes bad or I bake something with it.



I think that it is very important to explain that the easter bunny is just pretend. If you let it go and just don't do it, they believe anyway from what they hear at school and stuff. Support the truth about easter with your Bible. I like to ask them where the bunny is in the story. They always say that there wasn't one, and I say exactly. That's just what we do, but I hope that it helps.

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we celebrate Easter in the sense of Christ's death and resurrection. However, we don't believe in the Easter bunny. But..we do do Easter egg hunts with a story about how the eggs represent new life and how Jesus the Good Shepherd  looks for one lost sheep so lets find the lost easter eggs!! I think it is all how you present it. My kids don't think they are missing anything. We celebrate Jesus!

Claudia - posted on 04/07/2009

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k, just wanted to make sure, lol.  Well, I know you will get lots of opinions, because it is all about your own personal conviction.  Some Christians will say it's ok, others say no way.. hey that rhymed, lol....  My personal family treats it all the same (Easter Bunny, Santa, Halloween,etc)  My son is turning 4 and he is old enough to start to learn the real meanings behind our traditional celebrations.  You just can't get away from that darn bunny though it seems... we stay away from parties that are having easter egg hunts, etc. and just reiterate the real reason behind Easter.  We've started a lot of bible story reading (children's bibles) and like last sunday we had palm leaves in the house and told him the short narrative story about Jesus' triumphal entry and we play acted it out, etc.   Someone on here I think suggested baking "Resurrection Cookies"  (gonna try that this year too).    Simply put we can't live in a bubble, so we just have to train our children that some people don't believe in the same things we do and we just don't participate in those activities.   As far as Santa, I looked up the real story of Saint Nicholas and told him about the man that gave gifts to the needy and how he really did exist, but that the real reason for Christmas was Jesus' birth, etc.   It's hard, but I'd rather teach him the truth, that is what the Lord is going to hold me accountable for.  Sorry this is so long.



 



Here is the recipe for the cookies



Resurrection Cookies



1 cup pecan halves
1 tsp vinegar
3 egg whites
Pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
Zipper baggie
Wooden spoon
Tape
Bible





Preheat oven to 300 F. Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested he was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11. Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.

So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 c. sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read PS. 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isa.1:18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matt. 27:57-60.
Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matt. 27:65-66.


GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.

On Resurrection morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Resurrection day Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matt. 28:1-9.

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Quoting Claudia:



you mean the Easter bunny and egg hunting?






 






yes that would be the one. 

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