Here is a great article I found concerning Easter, where a lot of Easter traditions originated, and how we can apply a Christian perspective.
I struggled with similar questions around Christmas. Most of Christmas is commercialized and most of my Non-Christian friends still celebrated. It’s concerning to me because this is a holiday, like Easter, which may have had the best intentions, whether they were adopted from a pagan practice or not, but businesses have materialized the meaning. The focus shouldn’t be on the Easter bunny, candy, an Easter basket, egg coloring or egg hunts. If you see that those are where your family tend to gravitate, consider reading the article here and consider incorporating more of Jesus, and less bunny.
I think that these traditions are harmless but at the same time they can be a deceiving distraction. We don’t want to get caught up in these traditions and haphazardly attend church without much more attention or thought. We should start our own traditions, where there are less gifts and candy, and give each activity a purpose. It’s important that although many of these traditions have stories which can tie into faith, the Bible doesn’t have any of these. Our focus should be the Bible. If that means completely changing your Easter festivities, so be it. I’m reevaluating how we celebrate Jesus, on Christmas and Easter, to be sure I’m not being lured into worldly customs and views.
Anyway, that’s my spiel- read the article for some history! Happy Easter to everyone :).
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