Easter is so important for us as Christians. It’s when we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The focus of Easter, and truly every day, should be on our King. But there’s that pesky rabbit, the one who hands out colorful eggs and candy, lurking around every corner.
So, what is the best way to teach our children that the bunny is not the focus of Easter?
First and foremost, how we, as parents, act will teach our kids how to observe these holidays. The Easter bunny should be secondary to our Savior. This seems like an obvious statement, but it’s easy to focus on the cultural traditions with all of the chocolate, Easter eggs and new outfits more than God.
While I think we should enjoy these moments and our holidays should be fun, it is vital we don’t place as much importance on these traditions as we do on our Lord.
One way to do this is to make sure that all our traditions teach a lesson about the spiritual significance of this celebration. For instance, have a Christian-based theme rather than an Easter bunny theme. While there is nothing wrong with the occasional chocolate bunny, why not make your baskets for your children full of things they can use all year. A new Bible is a great gift to give kids every Easter.
OK, so what about the bunny? What do we do with this larger-than-life rabbit that seems to overshadow the day? That’s really something you have to decide for your family.
In our family, my kids know that Easter is about celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, and that the Easter Bunny is not real. Yes, I am one of those parents. My kids know that the cute, furry bunny they see everywhere at Easter is just a fun way to help us celebrate spring.
When I was growing up, I knew that the Easter Bunny is just a fictional springtime character. My parents would litter the house with Easter eggs and jelly beans, but that was never the focus. Easter was about Jesus. We enjoyed the candy and festivities, but my parents made certain to praise God in word and deed, thanking Him for Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
We all go about holidays in a different way. Tell me, is the bunny a part of your Easter or do you shoo him away?