Years ago, when I was committed to this blog, I wrote this about the Easter Bunny.
So we’ve established that I’m not tied to the Easter Bunny to begin with. It shouldn’t surprise anyone, then, that I made a decision to not propagate the tale of the egg-laying rabbit for my son (in the future, when he understands words). We’ll have egg hunts and stuff, but I don’t think I’ll spend any time making up the story.
Here’s what I’m thinking:
1. I want to establish that this particular holiday for us is sacred. It’s fun. It should be celebrated. But it’s also a time for reflection for Christians. I feel that other religions are really good for this sort of thing; they have legit holy days (<– holidays) that they take seriously. I would like my family to have that kind of reverence on Easter.
2. I don’t even know the Easter Bunny story.
3. I figure I’m saving myself the trouble of eventually having to explain that one more mythical creature isn’t real. Santa and the tooth fairy are probably enough.
4. I knew this kid who got her stories mixed and came up with the Ghoster Bunny, which was frightening to her and caused a lot of problems every spring. I doubt that would happen here; I just like the story.
Any thoughts on this? What are the days (if any) that you consider sacred/really important for reflection?
Since I probably won’t post again for a few days, Happy Easter everyone!