Furry Bunnies, Pink Chicks, Costco Baskets, and Easter

Furry Bunnies, Pink Chicks, Costco Baskets, and Easter

What’s wrong with celebrating Easter with candy?

I don’t think I every consciously thought about it this way, but I guess I pictured Jesus reacting to our Easter celebrations like a mother reacting to a child who complains about her cooking: guilt trip. I could envision Jesus saying, “Well, I’m glad you’re enjoying your candy, but you know I died for your sins right?” Or perhaps, “I guess that bunny is prettier than my broken body on the cross.” It felt profane to associate Easter with candy and eggs, like we were detracting from the “real meaning;” and so we would make sure our kids knew that it was really about Jesus.

Recently, I’ve been thinking a little different about the whole thing. I’ve started wondering what Jesus’ reaction would actually be if he saw one of my kids with a basket full of candy on his big day. I tend to think a big smile would come across his face at the sight of one of my kids with a chocolate stained mouth. I think he would walk over to her, give her a big hug, and say, “I love you,” in a father’s tender voice. If there was anything more said, or meant, it may be, “I’m so glad you like the chocolate the Easter Bunny left for you!” Nothing more is said, the “I love you” said it all.

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1 Comment to Furry Bunnies, Pink Chicks, Costco Baskets, and Easter

  1. Amen! Look at the Eastern church… They take the elements of pagan Easter and revision them in a Christian light. This is what Paul did in Acts 17, or what St. Patrick did with the Shamrock in Celtic Ireland. Mission work often takes the pagan symbols, reinterprets them to relay the gospel truth in a particular cultural context.

    In the orthodox tradition, they usually dye their eggs red to symbolize the blood and sacrifice. They also interpret the egg’s hard shell as the sealed tomb and the cracked shell once peeled as the resurrection. In the end, what we have from such a re-visioning is new life in Christ. And Easter’s pagan past was largely a fertility/spring celebration, and that too means “new life”.

    Jesus wouldn’t be offended in our celebrations (maybe our commercialized focus and spending habits around the holidays)… No doubt… Good insight brother.

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