Monday, March 28, 2011

It's not about the Bunny...

Don't be shocked at what I’m about to say.

We don't do Halloween Trick or Treating, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, or... da-dum... the Easter Bunny in our house.

If you do in yours that is your business. It's just not what we do. And why is a whole other blog post, because today I just want to talk about how despite our lack of the Easter Bunny, Easter is still a very special day for us. Although we prefer to call this day Resurrection Sunday. Easter Sunday is a special holiday for us because we celebrate the risen Savior!

Now, I am not opposed to the traditional "Easter basket" so to speak, though. Although I prefer to low-key it and avoid bunnies and Easter-egg hunts if they are going to detract from the true meaning of this day. But I do think the giving of small gifts on Easter / Resurrection Sunday is somewhat appropriate, because Christ gave the greatest gift to us on this day - the gift of His life for ours, the gift of salvation.

So, if someone wants to give our child a present on Easter Sunday. That's fine. We’re not going to make a big deal of it though. We want to focus our celebrating on what makes this day so special to us: the precious gift of God's Son.

What makes this day special is that it is a time of remembranceof the love Christ had for us.

What makes this day so special is that we recognize this is the day of His rising from the grave. Rising from death, his death, that took away the sins of the world.

What makes this day so special is knowing we have salvation through His death and resurrection.

What makes this day so special is singing out loud in church with hundreds of other worshippers: “Hallelujah! Christ arose!”

What makes this day so special is that we remember the reason we can truly celebrate life is not because of springtime and baby chicks, lambs and bunnies. It’s because of the glorious life that springs anew in our hearts.

And my favorite part of the day, after a rousing worship service is meeting with our family for a lunch that opens with a prayer of thanksgiving to our God. With smiles around the table because we are in unity in our worship.  
And if there happens to be a chocolate bunny or chick at the table, I’ll eat it!

Do you celebrate Easter/Resurrection Sunday? What is your favorite part?

Disclaimer: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Hop blogging program, for a gift card worth $25. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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