Hop. Hop. Hop. An Easter bunny hops into the room. She carries a basket with eggs in her hands. She wears a forced smile. Take a look closer. Her lower lip trembles. Tears well up in her eyes.
“What’s wrong?” you dare to ask.
The words erupt with tears and snot. “I’m a fake! I’m a fraud! I try to do my part, but Easter is not about me!”
This scene is a skit we’ve done in children’s church more than once over the years. It’s also one we’ve gotten in trouble for before.
“How dare you tell kids there is no Easter bunny?!” more than one mom has complained.
Well, lady, I’ve wanted to say, If you’re going to bring you child to church at Easter there’s Someone more important we’re going to talk about—not the Easter bunny.
Just like at church, we ban the Easter bunny in our home. Here are a few reasons why:
- It’s all about Jesus! It’s about God’s Son sent to save our souls.
- We don’t want to distract our kids from the real message.
- Jesus is exciting enough.
- The best gifts aren’t hidden in plastic eggs.
- I don’t want to spend money on commercialism I don’t believe in.
- We LOVE resurrection eggs! The tell the story of Christ’s death and resurrection in a fun an educational way.
- I buy some type of Christian Bible or book. Ones I like: The Tale of Three Trees, The Parable of the Lily, and The Best Thing About Easter.
- What I’m buying for my kids this year: God Gave Us Easter, ABC Easter, and What is Easter?
- Decorating eggs
- Attending church
- Having a family dinner
- Doing resurrection eggs together
- Worshipping God as a family
How about you? How do you celebrate Easter?