Easter is right around the corner. Lets first take a look at this holiday and how a bunny took it over. One might think Walmart or Target invented Easter and the Easter Bunny, since their stores are decorated with bright glowing Easter eggs, stuffed animals and glitter, and believe or not (you believe it, cause you’ve seen it) their stores are decorated immediately the day after Valentines day. But alas, ’tis not true.. Walmart did not invent the Easter Bunny.
When is Easter
Easter 2019 occurs on Sunday, April 21. However, Easter falls on a different date each year
Easter Bunny or Jesus, Can you choose? Can you have both?
Short Answer – Of course you can have both, that’s like asking you to choose between Santa Claus and Jesus. Jeezzus!
Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Although a holiday of high religious significance in the Christian faith, many traditions associated with Easter date back to pre-Christian, pagan times.
But the exact origins of the Easter Bunny tradition are really unknown. And I don’t think there is story in the Bible about a E.B, a cotton-tailed over-sized rabbit known as the Easter Bunny.
And last I checked rabbits certainly don’t lay eggs. Their poop definitely looks like little glistening egg piles that my dog certainly enjoys on many occasions. Does yours? Mine actually sniffs around and hunts for them.
To look a little deeper and according to the University of Florida’s Center for Children’s Literature and Culture, the origin of the celebration – and the origin of the Easter Bunny – can be traced back to 13th-century, pre-Christian Germany, when people worshiped several gods and goddesses.
Spring ties it all together and makes it Okay to go with it…
Spring symbolizes new life and rebirth; and according to History.com, Easter eggs represent Jesus’ resurrection. However, this association came much later when Roman Catholicism became the dominant religion in Germany in the 15th century and merged with already ingrained pagan beliefs.
The first Easter Bunny legend was actually documented in the 1500s. By 1680, the first story about a rabbit laying eggs and hiding them in a garden was published. These legends were brought to the United States in the 1700s, when German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania Dutch country, according to the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture.
So today, Easter is a super commercial event as well as a religious holiday, marked by high sales for Easter greeting cards, candies (such as Peeps, plastic, chocolate eggs, toys and stuffed Easter bunnies).
Its just a lot of fun if you do it right. So lets take a look at “trying” to be more creative with Easter this year.
There are 2 schools of thought here… Buy one already made, or make one yourself. I prefer making them so that I can pick and choose what to put in the basket for my kids. And knowing that I will be sharing the goodies, I like to put meat sticks in there so I can get my meat on! Yea! If you really want to rock the boat, put some rabbit jerky in the basket.
Plenty of good ideas for the basic basket and you really have to start there. Do not skip this step. No one wants to get a an Easter basket disguised as “stuff packed into a Walmart bag.” Lame Dad.
Here are some good baskets
My favorite is this one…
Stuff to put in the basket. Don’t just use jelly beans for Christ’s sake!
Gotta have Easter grass as 2nd step. If you are building an adult Easter bag, you could substitute the bagged grass with some real “grass”.😜
Doubtful your teenagers are going to look around for eggs stuffed with jelly beans. The best bet is money or something cool like makeup. If you really want to be cool, put some condoms in an egg, especially for teenage boys and then you can have that talk you’ve been meaning to have. Easter has just become more memorable.
But if you do like the money in the egg idea, it goes over better with a golden egg
Getting Intense With It.
If you want take Easter up a notch you can always get the full bunny suit and scare your kids when they are sleeping. Or if you are anything like me and you are looking for more of a ‘sexy’ Easter, the bunny outfits can spruce up the evening, or day.
Check out these outfits and stuff
Having more family fun
Easter is a great time to hang with family and do some fun arts and crafts as well as preparing an Easter feast, watching a good show together or playing some fun Easter type games. Here are a few suggestions.
Easter is just so damn fun, go out and live a little and try to make it more enjoyable for everyone regardless of age, beliefs or budget!