What does the Easter Bunny Have to do with Easter?

Really? This is a question that has long since plagued me. I just don’t get it. We go out buy our little boys and girls new Easter outfits and then have them take a picture with a rabbit. We paint Easter eggs. Cadbury makes a ton of money off of there chocolate bunnies and eggs and some other stuff, I’m sure.

Last time I checked none of these things are mentioned in the Bible, nor do they have anything to do with the resurrection of Christ.

Now, I’ve done some research on this, but before I tell you my findings, I’d like for you to share your opinions on: What the Easter Bunny has to do with Easter.

8 thoughts on “What does the Easter Bunny Have to do with Easter?

  1. Easter is the wrong word for the Christian celebration – it is mentioned in the bible because the Passover fell at the same time as the Easter celebration. The worship of the Goddess Ishtar was not celebrated ny the early Christians nor was it co-opted by them . When Constantine made it a law that all must be “Christians” there were added to the church many who did not join because of personal faith but to avoid persecution and penalty of law. They blended their pagan beliefs with Christians doctrine thus perverting the truth with a counterfeit. Many of the pagan religions saw spring as a time of “rebirth” when all of nature was coming to life again but though this so-called rebirth sounded a lot like Christian teaching it is not the same as the Resurrection or being born again. Giving children chocolate at Easter may be relatively harmless, but distorting the truth is not good. That is my two cents about it anyway.

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    • Paul, thanks for stopping by and the comment. This is the very reason why I wanted people to weigh in on this. In my research, I’ve come across this too. I definitely don’t believe in distorting the truth or not understanding where something comes from, and I believe that a lot of people celebrate Easter strictly from a consumerism stand point and have lost sight of the true meaning or perhaps they don’t know or perhaps they know and don’t care.

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  2. It is far easier to co-opt existing celebrations in a society than it is to move them. Christians changed the pagan holiday Eostre – celebrating the fertility Goddess – to the ressurection.at Easter. That’s why the chicks, rabbits, eggs, etc – all symbols of fertility remaining from the original pagan holiday.

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      • Like all religious holidays, Easter has maintained some of its pagan aspects inculding the sensationalism. It would be nice if the holiday was celebrated solely for it’s Christian meaning without the pagan side, but that would be denying human nature. At least it is there for any who choose to focus on the spiritual meaning. For the others, I doubt that very many celebrate its original meaning (pehaps a few Wiccans), and for the vast majority it is a rest and a chance it be with family – none of which is bad.

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      • Agreed. I do feel that the pagan part has pushed the Christian aspect to the background, which I don’t agree with; but then again there are going to be others that don’t want the Christian aspect to be front and center or and then there are parents that want to decide when their children know the “truth” about Easter.

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  3. If memory serves me (I have very little memory power), the bunny is like Santa and judges kids to see if they have been naughty or nice. I admit I had fun with all of this when my kids were young, but now I kind of think it’s creepy lol. My daughter has admitted that both Santa and the Easter Bunny terrified her because she was freaked out by the thought of these mystical beings spying on her. I now wonder about the wisdom in keeping up with this!

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    • My parents didn’t let me believe in either of them. They have pictures of my sister with them, but she cried and made such a fuss that they stopped and my mother said if she had anymore kids she wouldn’t tell them about these “mystical” beings.

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