The Father, the Son, & the Easter Bunny

I used to believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and Tom Cruise, too”

– Barbara Bretton

It’s Easter, and that’ll be the theme of the day. Whether it be the Resurrection of Jesus or the story of Peter Cottontail, Easter, in some form or another, will be on the forefront of most people’s day.

I won’t pretend to know much about Easter, especially on how an egg-laying bunny got involved in the whole mess. I’m sure there’s a reason, but I had never truly sought out any real answer before now. Some things are just better left to mystery.

But, hey, if you can incorporate an egg-laying bunny into the same celebrations surrounding the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and still have something meaningful in the end, then I want to know more (I mean to offend no one, but I can only go so far.).

Below are just a few facts about Easter:

  • Easter is the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Christian religion.
  • Eggs have been seen as ancient symbol of fertility, while springtime is considered to bring new life and rebirth.
  • Americans spend $1.9 billion on Easter candy. That’s the second biggest candy holiday after Halloween.
  • 70% of Easter candy purchased is chocolate.
  • 76% of Americans think the ears of a chocolate bunny should be the first to be eaten.
  • Egg dyes were once made from natural items such as onion peels, tree bark, flower petals, and juices.
  • There’s much debate about the practice of dyeing chicks. Many hatcheries no longer participate, but others say that it isn’t dangerous to the chick’s health because the dye only lasts until the chicks shed their fluff and grow their feathers.
  • The first story of a rabbit (later named the “Easter Bunny”) hiding eggs in a garden was published in 1680.
  • Easter takes place on a Sunday, after the 40-day period called Lent. Lent is referred to as a time of fasting, but participants focus more on giving up one significant indulgence.
  • Holy Week is the celebrated during the week leading up to Easter. It begins on Palm Sunday, continues to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and then finally, Easter Sunday.
  • “The White House Easter Egg Roll” event has been celebrated by the President of the United States and their families since 1878.

I wasn’t surprised to see some of the above as facts, but more shocked on the predominancy of chocolate over Jesus. Upon performing simple “research”, the facts on the “Easter Bunny” part of the holiday seemed to be more significantly covered than that of the Christian aspects.

Like I said, I don’t know much about the holiday, but am still curious about Peter Cottontail and where he fits into all of this. I still don’t understand the connections completely.

Hell, I don’t understand at all.

According to one Christian source, though, “In the end, the Easter bunny has nothing to do with Jesus directly. There is nothing in the Bible or Christian tradition that links the two together.”

I’ll just have to accept that, or else go crazy.

I do like the concept of resurrection, though. A rebirth, and not one simply applicable to Jesus Christ. Maybe it’s the writer/reader in me, but the concept of resurrection can be a crucial element to any story, biblical or not. Crucial or convenient. Either way, it’s a word worth its weight.

Everyone has had their own moments of personal doubt. In turn, people seek out personal growth on that elusive life-changing level known as “resurrection”.

I’ve never been so lucky as to have had a real personal rebirth, but if Jesus can do it, so can I.

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