My kids know the Easter Bunny is not real. It was obvious to me how ridiculous the thought of the Easter Bunny was to their small, yet intelligent brains when #1, only 4 years old at the time, approached me and said, "Mom, is the Easter Bunny real?"
Of course, I wasn't going to lie about that. Santa? Sure! But not the Easter Bunny. "No, sweetie. He's just pretend." Her reply? "I thought so, mom. Bunnies don't walk around and hand out candy. They're just bunnies!"
How true, #1, how true.
Sarah asked me, in my last post, what I do to teach my children about the true meaning of Easter. It's easy, really. I just tell them. I explain that Easter baskets, eggs, treats, flowers, etc. are fun, but even though it's "fun", it still helps us learn of the Resurrection. #2 explained my thoughts best when she said:
"In the winter, all things die and go to sleep. But when spring comes, animals are born, flowers come out, and it's green! It's like Jesus --when he died it was like the wintertime, but when he becomed Resurrected, it was like the springtime!"
Anyway, we still do the fun stuff. Small Easter baskets with candy, a chocolate bunny here and there --some small toys, and usually new dresses and outfits. Sometimes we decorate eggs. Sometimes we do an egg hunt. And why not? Why not make the holiday fun? (and I wish I had pictures to show you, but hubby left this afternoon, and once again, I forgot to have him download the newest pictures. And I don't have the downloader-thingy! Oh, sure, the ones from last week are done, but what about this week? Guess we'll have to wait...)
The true meaning of a Christian Easter, of course, is never an afterthought. If anything, decorating the eggs is an afterthought. I don't buy Easter candy until a few days before. I don't break out the baskets until needed. In fact, this year, because of Brandon's crazy schedule, we had the kids wake up to Easter baskets on Saturday (yesterday). I know some families do this on purpose every year; not a bad idea in wanting to keep things separate.
Ooh! But at the same time, I had this thought: Why do the Spiritual and the Fun need to be kept separate? Why can't the fun be mixed in with the serious? There is a time for fun (and chocolate), yes. And there is a time for serious spiritual reflection, yes. But can't they happen on the same day? Without questioning the motive behind it all?
Well, with that aside, let me explain what we do to keep Christ at the center of our Easter. Besides explaining to our children the importance of the Resurrection (throughout the year --not just once), on the FHE before Easter, we have our big Easter FHE. (Hmmm...the redundancy of that last sentence was not lost on me). On Easter Sunday, we show short films about the Savior's life (like the one we received in the Ensign a few years ago). And we talk about it. A lot. Plus there's Church. My children have been blessed with amazing primary teachers who always emphasize the importance of the Savior on Easter. I've heard (via community blogging sites) that some wards don't celebrate Easter on Easter...? My reaction to that is "Wha?!" Having never seen something so strange as ignoring Easter on Easter (in my entire life), I can't begin to understand what they're talking about.
Anyway, that's what we do. I know it doesn't seem like much, but it's enough for us!
Speaking of Easter, today was the craziest (not bad --just crazy) one for me. I was at church by 7:50AM. I was subbing for the organist and choir accompanist. Plus I had a musical solo in Sacrament Meeting today. So, this is how the program went:
Prelude (me on Organ)
Opening Song (me on Organ)
Sacrament Song (me on Organ)
Musical Number (me on piano)
Choir Singing (me on piano)
Closing Song (me on Organ)Prayer
Postlude (me on Organ)
It was a Cheryl Sunday! Whoo-hoo! I was actually pretty grateful to the counselor in the Bishopric who mentioned how we're moving, so they were using me as much as possible. It made me feel less...less...important. Which is good. I already felt kind of dumb.
Oh, but it doesn't end there! Next was Primary. I play. I'm also the nursery music leader. Plus the Primary chorister was gone today, so between one Primary counselor and myself, we had to get through singing time. Fun times!
Sweet Brandon had the kids from 8AM until Noon (i.e. getting them ready for Church, sitting with them in Sacrament Meeting, taking #4 to Sunday School and YM's). So nice! But at the same time, I was so sad not to see him for so long (4 hours?!). I was even more sad that we had to take him to BART before 1PM. Didn't he just get here?!? :(
Now we are listening to the MoTab sing about Easter. And then we'll watch those movies I told you about. And relax. And enjoy our Sabbath Day. I hope you enjoy yours!
P.S. Spotlight Sunday will come tonight!