Gimme a Break, Easter Bunny!

Monday, March 29, 2010

I don't understand Easter.

Clarification: I know the reason for the season, but I don't get Easter eggs, the Easter Bunny, Easter baskets, or any of that stuff. I looked up Easter eggs on Wikipedia and it says:
For Orthodox Christians, the Easter egg is much more than a celebration of the ending of the fast, it is a declaration of the Resurrection of Jesus. Traditionally, Orthodox Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, shed on the Cross, and the hard shell of the egg symbolized the sealed Tomb of Christ—the cracking of which symbolized his resurrection from the dead.
Maybe I missed this Sunday school lesson, but I thought Easter eggs were a pagan tradition. I guess this makes sense though, but I really never knew they symbolized anything. And I've never dyed my Easter eggs red... the kits always come with pastel blues, greens, oranges, yellows, and pinks.

As far as the Easter Bunny goes, I was always a little fuzzy on that tradition. I knew who the Easter Bunny was, but I never knew his role in things. When did he come, and where exactly did he leave my Easter basket? It always seemed a little fishy to me. Definitely not as clear-cut as Santa Claus.

Another problem I have with Easter is all the pastel. I absolutely hate pastel colors. While I love the onset of spring and warm weather, I can't stand spring-themed decorations (flowers, birds, butterflies, gag me). Well, I don't like fake flowers, but I love seeing real ones sprouting up!

Just to make sure you don't think I'm a heathen, I love the meaning of the holiday, just not all the malarky that goes along with it. (Although, to be clear, this doesn't stop me from participating. I dye Easter eggs with the best of them, and I would not be a happy camper if I didn't get an Easter basket! So maybe I'm a hypocrite, oh well!)

Nonetheless, Easter is coming up this weekend, so Happy Easter everyone!

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