Saturday, 03 April 2010
What is the first thing that most people think about when they hear the word "Easter?"
I'll tell you what most children think about:
- Easter baskets!
Uhhh... Come again? Since when is Easter about Eggs and bunnies? Since when do bunnies and eggs even go together? As far as I know, bunnies are mammals and therefore have babies like the rest of us: outside of an egg.
Easter is about Jesus and His suffering, not about candy! As a Catholic/Christian, I am offended, to say the least, that children will be associating this holiday with stupid material things.
That's not to say I wasn't one of them at some point. There were times when I looked forward to Easter because of the baskets my parents always gave me -- and the weeks that followed when I'd keep the grass because it made me feel happy.
There was one distinct year, however, when my parents refused to buy a basket. Needless to say, I threw an age-appropriate tantrum and pouted throughout the day.
Today, however, I am grateful my parents did that. I am beyond grateful they stopped buying my sisters and me baskets of candy every year because that gave me the chance to really know God. To really get the feel for what this holiday is truly about: the suffering and resurrection of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
How do you guys celebrate Easter? What sorts of values do you teach your kids with regard to this holiday? Do you give them candy and a basket to "keep them happy/quiet?"