The Easter Bunny doesn’t come to our house.
Yep, you read it correctly. (Santa doesn’t either.)
There are a few reasons why my husband and I have chosen not to “do” the Easter Bunny, The Easter Bunny, Santa, Tooth Fairy, etc. are all characters that families tell their children to believe in. They can’t see these characters, the kids learn about them from what their parent’s tell them and one day they find out that it was all a myth.
And then there is God; the kids can’t see Him, they learn about Him primarily from their parents and a naive mind could then think that God is mythical as well. I don’t want my children to grow up wondering if we are going to pull the “God” rug out from under them like we did the Easter Bunny. I think there is great potential for confusion.
The truth about God is the most important thing that I will teach my children and I want to avoid things that could confuse them.
We have also chosen not to do the Easter Bunny because we don’t want to muddy the waters when it comes to why we celebrate events and doctrines crucial to our faith in Christ. I want our kids to know why we celebrate Easter. If I am going to say that Easter is all about Jesus, then I need to make Easter all about Jesus and not all about candy, bunnies and (dare I say it?) time with family.
I am not saying that these things (bunnies, candy, family time) and pointing our kids to Jesus are mutually exclusive. If traditions such as an Easter basket or an Easter egg hunt can be used as a fun, memory building way to point my children to Jesus and not distract them from Him, then I are all for it (and I am).
Personally, I have found no way to use the Easter Bunny to point to the real meaning of Easter and so another reason why Chris and I have chosen not to have him come to our house.
Here are a few ways we have used some of the common traditions of Easter to teach our kids about the Resurrection of Christ.
Last year was the first year we did Easter baskets, and most everything in their Easter basket had a significant reason for being there.
I made some tags for their baskets out of a cute fabric I found at Walmart which has names of Jesus and verses on them. They coordinated with the gingham liner I made to
spruce up their thrift-shop baskets I found.
Walmart actually had a few items that had “He is Risen” on it. There was even a Hershey’s chocolate cross.
They each got a lamb, and we talked much about how Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!
The book is a cute poem which uses different colors in the Easter Basket to tell the story of Easter. It includes Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, and of course the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Christ; each represented by a different colored item in the basket. Love this!
I want to use this as a basis for the kids’ baskets this year. I plan to have something symbolic for each color in the baskets. And, instead of giving them the baskets on Easter morning, I thought it would be cool to use the basket the week leading up to Easter to tell the story of Christ’s journey to the cross! I’ll save the details of my plan for another post, so stay tuned!
Psst… (Update 2013) I’ve since put our plan into a little ebook!
Last year we made our own version of Family Life’s Resurrection EggsThey tell the Easter story with little symbols in each egg that correspond with a scripture reading. The kids had fun with this!
They did the typical hunt for eggs, then we all went inside and opened the eggs (which were numbered) to see what was inside. We read the scriptures that went with each symbol to tell the story of Easter.
- A fun food craft @Impress Your Kids (Lots of other great ideas there, so be sure to check out the side bar.)
- Lots of great Easter book suggestions @ Noel Piper’s Blog
- Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper (which you can also download for FREE at Desiring God) Love the idea of a Resurrection Tree…may be adding this to our traditions.
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