do you feel that the real reason for easter is lost in all the bunny candy hipe?
Absolutely! We were explaining the meaning behind Easter to the kids on Easter! My neice who's too young to really understand, wanted to know more so we were trying to find the words to explain it. Lol. After hunting eggs she was rambling somethign about all the eggs/candy she managed to get and my mom told her that Easter's "not just about eggs and candy!" and she said "I know nana, it's about celebrating Jesus." It was adorable, but she doesn't quite understand that Jesus arose from the dead yet. That's OK because she's only 7, but she's happy to "celebrate Jesus" either way. Lol.
Anyways, yes I feel that both Easter and Christmas are sort of done up, making to look as if santa and a bunny should be celebrated and worshipped when it's Jesus (in our opinions anyway). I think the focus is too much on these fantasy santas and oversized rabbits and it makes me sad. That's why I make sure to remind our kids on these days, what they are about. We love doing big parties and eggs and candy and all, but we don't forget the true meaning.
Growing up my parents didn't do the santa claus thing. They didn't say "santa brought you gifts!" They let us realize that the gifts were bought by them and all was provided thanks to God, not a fake santa. I really like that they didn't fill our heads with that mess, but instead told us what these holidays were and then let it go. They didn't force God on us, but they didn't put all the junk of santa in our heads. Had we chose to believe in santa, they would have went along with it so not to ruin our fun. Just like the tooth fairy. They let us pretend there was a fairy who brought money for teeth. We knew it was not true, but it was fun to say "you think the fairy will bring money for my tooth tonight?" They played along. Lol.
Still, I think it's so overdone at this point that most people are lucky to have been taught what they're actually celebrating.