Easter-The Secular and the Sprirtual

This past week has been a mad dash of Easter preparations: Picking out the ham, coloring the eggs, buying the candy, ironing the Easter clothes, and so on, and so on, and… In the middle of my frantic rushing to and fro, my eight year old daughter looked up from her homework and asked, “What do colored eggs and candy have to do with Easter?”

I stopped dead in my tracks. Am I hearing voices?


“What does the bunny and the eggs have to do with Easter? “She repeated.

I turned to look at her as I pondered the question.

Hmm..What DOES the bunny, the eggs, the ham— what does it all have to do with Easter?
Oh dear. Since I hardly think my daughter is asking for a lesson on the Easter bunny and his/her religious symbolism, I must take her comment for what it is: I have been spending too much time on the wrong kind of holiday preparations.

So, dear friends, what do you say? I know that there are many families for which Easter is not a spiritual, but a secular holiday. I never thought our family would be one of them.

And in the end, the conversation I had with my girl ended up having very little to do with Easter, but more about keeping our lives balanced. Clearly, I was planning an unbalanced holiday. I appreciated her question because it brought deeper questions to mind. Is it possible to have a balanced holiday? Can we celebrate the secular customs of the day without diminishing its spiritual nature?

Every religion has its own special days, so I do not think this is an issue that pertains only to Christians. As mothers, we want our children to have good memories. We want them to smile fondly as they recollect the time we spent together as a family celebrating what is truly a wonderful day. But more importantly, I want my children to remember Easter, yes, especially Easter, for its spiritual significance. I’m not quite sure how to do this.

But I’m going to try. So this year, our family did all of our secular activities on Saturday. My husband and I hid the eggs Friday night and we gave our children their baskets and had our egg hunt Saturday morning. If all goes according to plan, most of the meal preparation will all be completed Saturday night so that Easter Sunday can be a more simple day; hopefully it will be a day where we attend church and reflect and discuss the things we learned and felt. That’s the plan.

But I’m curious. What is your plan, whatever your special holiday is, and how did it go? .


  1. I enjoyed your article. Sounds like you ahve come up with a great plan to include the bunny and eggs, etc, but not to distract from the real meaning of Easter on Sunday! 🙂

  2. Great article, Kendra! My kids asked the same thing this year, and it was weird to try to explain it. But the plan you’ve come up with is wonderful! I love it. It is all about balance isn’t it?

  3. Like most things that have crept into Christianity over the last 1700 years (worship on Sunday, church buildings, sermons, clergy etc), Easter comes from the Pagans. Even the name, Easter, is that of a Pagan Goddess (Eastre). To the Pagans, the rabbits and eggs represented fertility and rebirth.