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    Default Non religious families, what do you tell your kids about Easter?

    I'm just wondering what NON religious families tell their kids about Easter? How do you explain what it is? Do you tell them about the easter bunny?

    I'm kind of struggling with this, it would be nice to celebrate but I have no idea where to start?

    Just wanting to hear from non religious families thanks.

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    I don't put a religious spin on Easter or do the Easter bunny. My kids think its just a day where they get chocolate eggs and get to gorge on them. They've never asked for an explanation nor have i ever bothered offering one.

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    We talk about - new life, nature etc.

    ..even though it is 'religious' - I quite like the original Pagan ideas surrounding easter now that I have looked into it more.
    (A lot of Pagan rituals celebrate nature - or 'mother nature' - I like it)

    We don't 'pretend' teh Easter Bunny came or anything like that...last year someone asked the kids if they were looking forward to seeing the Easter Bunny's little footprints etc -- they replied "WE ALREADY SAW HIM!! ..At Bunnings!!!"


    The commercialisation has taken a great deal of the 'fantasy' out of it anyway - IMO.

    I'm Thrilled to bits that this year we just happen to have added an Araucana to our little brood out the back and she is laying blue eggs... can't get any more 'eastery' than that if we tried!!
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    I'm a Chrisitian, but I don't celebrate Easter as a religious festival.

    This is what I told my boys>

    In Europe a long time ago they had a festival every year at the beginning of Spring, because Spring is the time most animals tend to give birth, and that's when the world wakes up after winter. That's what we celebrate at Easter, the world waking up after Winter that's why we have the rabbits and the chickens, they are signs of life coming into the world and Spring..... because we are in Australia, it's the opposite season for us, but that's what the festival is based on....

    Now ALSO... on the other side of the world, there are religions which celebrate their special festivals at the same time. The Jewish people celebrate Passover, and the Christians celebrate Jesus's crucifixion. Jesus died and was resurrected over the Passover period, which is around the same time as the Easter festival in Europe. So to make it easier for everyone, and because it's easier to have one set of holidays, all of the festivals are celebrated at the same time these days.

    and THAT'S what I told my kids. O and J are 7 and totally cool with it being the combination of all three festivals. But they understand that chickens and rabbits have absolutely nothing to do with crosses and resurrections, and that the Passover period actually changes date each year...

    I love it, they can get totally into the Easter bunny and egg stuff... and still understand the importance of having a remembrance meal at Passover time in celebration of OUR faith (being Christians) but understanding that not everyone does this of believes it and that's ok.
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    ATM nothing. She loves the movie Hop, so she just thinks hop is going to hide some toy eggs in the garden for her she is only 2 though.
    Will think of something better next year

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarvestMoon View Post
    I don't put a religious spin on Easter or do the Easter bunny. My kids think its just a day where they get chocolate eggs and get to gorge on them. They've never asked for an explanation nor have i ever bothered offering one.
    This was us....then school went ahead and told them the story of Jesus Now he tells me what its about and I just reply with the generic 'oh really?.....oh ok....cool buddy'. When he asks me things about beliefs, such as 'is Jesus real? Did someone REALLY get nailed to a cross and die?' I answer with 'dunno, what do YOU think?' and let him answer.
    And no, it isnt a religious school...hence the appropriate eye roll.

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    Yeah, I get all pagan on them, and go on and on and on about ancient fertility rituals (which is a bit stoopid here right now asit's AUTUMN, but nevertheless I tell them about it (thinking in my head "We are such sheep" ) and equinox, and I also tell them about how Christians were not content to allow pagans to continue their thousands year old worship of nature, they wanted to force their new religion on them, so merged their observation of the crucifiction and ressurection so they would be more easily assimilated.

    I also mention this was done with Winter Solstice and Christmas...

    So yeah, we enjoy the choc.

    It cracks me up when I drive past churches advertising "Easter" (Eostre being the goddess of the dawn) this and that, and wonder how aware most of them are that they are pretty much advertising ancient pagan fertility rituals, and rituals about Equinox...

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    AM.... is wasn't specifically 'Christians' as a whole generalised group.... It was particular rulers at particular times who changed things to what made it easier politically for them.... it had everything to do with politics and nothing to do with religion...

    So I don't really think it's cool that you are projecting negative associations with Christians onto your kids. But each to their own prejudice......

    I just think it's kind of a bit like people in Germany saying... but the Jews weren't content with letting the Germans have jobs...

    Or people in Iran saying ....... But the Men weren't happy with letting women vote...

    You can't generalise whole sectors.. especially when your children might actually make friends with a Christian... would you not allow that friendship because of that child's religion???

    (Sorry but your post just comes across as a little discriminatory towards people of a Christian faith... many of which do not know the origins of Easter and can't really be held responsible for the actions of Pop Gregory the XIV.. (I think that's who it was.... not sure as I'm not Catholic and really don't give a flying fig... I just have issues with misrepresentation.)
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    I haven't bothered with much an explanation. We get time off, eat hot cross buns and eat chocolate. That's good enough for DD.

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    OJandMe - If it was a completely isolated example, I'd agree with you, but Christians trying to actively convert people by hook or by crook, disrespecting other faiths is an ongoing problem. It's been happening for thousands of years, and continues today.

    http://www.worldfuturefund.org/wffma...ntolerance.htm

    The ancient world was a relatively tolerant place in the world of religion. There were occasional bursts of persecution of this or that sect but as a rule many religions existed side by side.
    During the years 390 CE to 395 CE all this changed when Christianity established itself as the only religion in the Roman Empire and launched an all out campaign of religious terror against all other sects.
    What follows are quotes from the legal code of the Roman Empire as set forth by the Emperor Theodosius at the request of Christian leaders to crush competing religions. The legal persecution of non-Christian religions by Rome marked the beginning of a wave of religious terror that would remain in place until the eighteenth century.

    Heck they tried it on me in primary school!

    So to make it easier for everyone, and because it's easier to have one set of holidays, all of the festivals are celebrated at the same time these days.
    Yeah, I have problems with misrepresentation as well!!!!! Telling your children this sanitised version is quite a laugh, don't let the truth get in the way of a good story, hey?

    Here's a slighty closer version.

    http://www.blue-moon-manor.com/religions/paganism.html
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