Bye bye bunny: Keep Christ first this Easter

Hannah Hutson, Columnist 

Have you ever wondered why the Easter Bunny exists? I would like to know who thought a gift-bearing rabbit would be a perfect symbol for Easter.

I was 6 years old the first time I met the Easter Bunny. My mom thought it would be a good idea to take me and my two younger brothers to a photography studio to take beloved Easter pictures.

She did not, however, tell us that our pictures would be taken with this horrifying creature with massive buckteeth pulling us onto his lap. The next 20 minutes consisted of the three of us screaming and crying until we were released from the cruel and unusual torture.

Needless to say, my mother made sure those pictures never saw the light of day.

The Easter Bunny is not only kind of terrifying, but also a bit controversial. Some Christians say we shouldn’t have the Easter Bunny since it has nothing to do with the crucifixion and resurrection. Others think it’s a cute symbol that helps children to remember the spring holiday.

Personally, I feel as if the Easter Bunny directs kids’ attention away from the true meaning of Easter. Despite my horrible experience with the creepy Peter Cottontail as a child, I was still able to love the little stuffed Easter Bunny I got each year in my Easter basket. However, because I always received these, I never really focused on the true meaning of Easter until I was much older.

With my youngest brother, my parents tried something different.

They still gave him an Easter basket, but before he was allowed to tear into the basket, they made him open the resurrection eggs. These eggs told my little brother the story of the crucifixion and resurrection by placing one symbolic relic in 12 eggs.

For instance, the first egg holds a small palm branch to represent Jesus’ triumphal entry, and the last egg holds a rock representing the stone that was rolled away when Jesus rose from the grave. My youngest brother grew up knowing the true meaning of Easter and never asked what the Easter Bunny was.

I’m not saying society should get rid of the Easter Bunny entirely, but I do think that we should integrate resurrection eggs as part of children’s Easter rituals.

Resurrection eggs should be a priority, opened before the Easter Bunny comes bearing baskets filled with toys and candies, so kids will understand that the true meaning of Easter comes before the frivolous side.

The resurrection eggs are just a simple way to tell kids the Good News. Instead of children associating the holiday with an imaginary gift-bearing bunny, they should think about the One who gave them the ultimate gift of salvation all those years ago.

Hutson is a sophomore journalism and mass communication major.

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