Last November, my youngest directly asked me if Santa was real, which then led to the conversation about Santa, the Elf on the Shelf and the Tooth Fairy.
I'm not sure why she didn't ask about the Easter Bunny; perhaps is was not on her mind as much as the other two.
However, after that infamous conversation last fall, I'm pretty sure the Easter Bunny left the buiding with Santa Claus.
I will miss the Easter Bunny. We had fun with the early morning Easter Egg hunt before zipping off to church.
I loved watching their eyes light up when they found the chewed on carrots and their baskets full of goodies.
As strong, faithful Christians, Easter's focus was not on the Easter Bunny, even though we had fun with him.
Our focus was and is on the sacrifice Jesus became for us that fateful weekend:
He celebrated a great Passover meal with his friends, honoring and recognizing what God had done through Moses for the Israelites. (Matthew 26:17-30)
He prayed fervently - so much so that he sweated blood. (Luke 22:44)
He healed an injured priest's servant, even as they came to take him away for his mockery of a trial. (Luke 22:50-51)
He suffered the excruciating, inhuman torture of death on a cross as a sacrifice for our sins. Then God raised Him from the dead after three days so that we would be forgiven. (Matthew 27:32-56, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Romans 10:9-11)
Easter is about the love, forgiveness and grace of God the Father, our Abba. It's not about the bunny.
So, as much as we will miss some of the fun "magical" aspects of the Easter Bunny, the beauty and wonder of what Jesus did for us remains our solid rock.
Even though the Easter Bunny left the building with Santa Claus, we'll still have a very Happy Easter!
Luke 24:2-8 (NIV)
2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words.
Do you celebrate Easter? How have your traditions changed as your family has grown?
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