March 13, 2010
What to do about the Easter Bunny?
You probably know how I feel about Santa Claus. The fat elf doesn't come on Christmas Eve, but St. Nicholas fills our stockings on the eve of his feast day.
So clearly we have no problem lying to our kids about who's amazingly leaving gifts at our house. But we want Christian holidays to be about Christ and I feel like I'll do a much better job of that if we remove Santa from the 25th. But that still leaves the magic and excitement that all kids feel when they believe in Santa.
Back to the Easter Bunny.
We still do Easter baskets, and they're filled with candy and trinkets and fun things. They are there to help us celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, of course. And I can explain why we use plastic eggs (new life) and pretty colors (pinks, greens, blues and yellows remind us of the Earth beautifully coming back to life).
But do I tell the kids that the Easter Bunny is some devout Catholic rabbit who loves Jesus so much he spreads his excitement by bringing eggs? (Whaaaat? That sounds crazy!) Or does it not even need an explanation? Or should they just come from us and no mention of the EB?
Honestly, I am not making any judgements (and I hope you're not either!) - I want to know how you moms and dads out there explain the Easter Bunny to your kids and keep Christ the focus of Easter. Also, if you don't do the Easter Bunny, what do you do?
Lent is coming to an end! Help, please.