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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Holiday (04/05/12)

TITLE: Bunnies, Bonnets and a "Spring Holiday?"
By Laura Manley
04/11/12


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There are a few things about which I am absolutely passionate. I’m not talking about your every day, run-of-the-mill things that fluff my feathers, but ones that make a difference in this wicked world of ours. One of those passions surfaced on the eve of Easter this year.

I was about to go to bed when the title of an article on the Internet struck a chord with me; a chord of disdain. The heading said “Bunnies, Bonnets and Other Easter Traditions.” I cringed as I read this article after having just put my Bible down minutes before. I had been reading about how our Lord and Savior went through the most horrific death conceivable and died on a cross for the world’s sins…past, present and future. I was saddened by the thought of all the people who were probably more interested in that title for exactly the reason it was written, than what the resurrection of Jesus meant to the Christians of the world.

When I saw this article about bunnies, bonnets and other Easter traditions, it triggered an array of emotions. The last I was aware, Easter was not a tradition, but a happening. It is a time when Christians celebrate in remembrance of what Jesus did for us on the cross; how He died for us and after three days rose from the dead. I was, and remain, outraged what the world today sees as important on a day we should celebrate His resurrection. In my own mind, I don’t even think of the day as Easter, but refer to it as Resurrection Sunday. With that reference, there is no doubt as to what I am celebrating.

One of the first sentences in the article in question says and I quote: “’Learn the story behind those and other ways’ we celebrate the spring holiday this year.” Personally, I wasn’t interested in learning the story behind anything that had to do with bunnies and bonnets. To begin with, Easter is NOT a holiday and it breaks my heart to realize that the most important thing in the world, our salvation and how Jesus sacrificed his life for us on the cross, has been reduced to references of bunnies, bonnets and other Easter traditions.

It is not unlike what the world has done to the day we set aside to celebrate the birth of our Savior. I listen to people make reference to the “holidays” when they are speaking of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years as though the three came as a packaged deal. Again, Christmas is no more a holiday than Easter.

I am grief-stricken for the people in this world who don’t know Jesus and whose lives seem like a fantasy. I do not look down on these people and understand why they do what they do; they act according to what they know and how they’ve been reared but my grief comes into play when I think that we who do know Jesus as our Savior are not doing the job He left us to do. There are countless people who believe the way the authors of the article in question believe, i.e. about bunnies, bonnets and other traditions, because too many of us believers are not taking His command in Mark 16:15 to heart: And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (KJV)

I am putting the blame on myself as much as I do on the author of the article to which I refer. If I was doing a better job of reaching the lost, I might have read an entirely different article on the eve of Resurrection Sunday. Shame on me!

My prayer for those of us who know Jesus as our Savior is that we will listen closely to His commands and will make it a priority to set out to do all we can to reach the lost before next Resurrection Sunday. To that end, I challenge each and every one of my fellow believers to make that a goal for them; to make next Resurrection Sunday the celebration it should be with no bunnies, bonnets and other traditions in the mix and with more names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/13/12
This is a very passionate article. I can tell you have strong feelings on this and want to share the love of Jesus with the world. It is sad that the world has commercialized Holy Days. It's funny because you don't see as much commercialization of other religion's Holy days. It shows the devil is hard at work in trying to fool the world into believing Easter is about bunnies.

With that said, I disagree that Easter is a holiday. The word literally means Holy Day and Jesus' Resurrection is the most holy of days. I think many people mourn on Good Friday and rejoice on Easter Sunday. While it is true that Jesus suffered a horrible death, he did it with the knowledge that he would suffer because he loves me that much! Amazing and what a reason to celebrate --the fact that Jesus loves me gives me immeasurable joy and thanksgiving.

I know you were making that point too. I also know of some people who don't celebrate Easter and Christmas because the days as known now were taken from pagan cultures. Even the name Easter itself is derived from a Pagan holiday. So I totally get that. I think that though it may be bunnies and bonnets for some, it gives us who know the truth a chance to tell others the true meaning behind the holiday. you did a wonderful job of doing just that.
CD Swanson 04/13/12
Excellent job with expressing your love and displeasure at the "wrong intent/meanings" for celebrating the resurrection.

I was reading Shann's response, and agree totally, especially about the "pagan holiday."

The word in the orginal transcripts (in Greek & Hebrew) was Pascha and Pesach. Which means "Passover." And, Christ became our Passover. Our beautiful sacrificial unblemished lamb. There is no English translation for these words...and somehow it translated to the pagan word, Ishtar- Easter.

But...overall, a fabulous job of showing your devotion to Jesus Christ and your obvious frustration.

I posted on my website something very similar to your story last week, and also posted my article in faithwriter's on this subject too. So I completely appreciate your heart for Christ.

Good job. God Bless you~
Graham Insley 04/17/12
This comments page could easily get hijacked into a discussion on pagan easter verses Passover. But I make that comment not to facilitate this, but rather to highlight the truth of the passion you have woven into your story.

Well done. One of my passions is that what we write should reveal truth about relationship with God. And you did that well.
Colin Swann04/18/12
I found this article interesting and very thought provoking, which I think was what the author wanted from it - thanks for the challenge!
Donna Wilcher 04/18/12
I agree with you completely. Several years ago, I began to question my families traditional celebration of Christmas. It had become so secular, with little, if any, reference to the real meaning (Jesus' Birth). It seemed decorating trees, spending too much $$$ on gifts and Santa Claus were way to prevalent.

Needless and sad to say, my idea of scraping at least some of those activities, with more fitting traditions, were quickly shunned by the others in my family.

The celebration of Easter is no different. However, now that my children are older, it was easier to bypass the egg hunt, baskets and the bunny thing.

Each year I intend to systematically eliminate certain "traditions" from my families activities. Maybe by the time my life is over, I pray I will have succeeded in steering the next generations in my family toward the REAL meaning for the SEASON(s).

I'm glad you entered this, good for you. You wrote it well, and with passion! I enjoyed it very much.
Dannie Hawley 04/18/12
This would make a very passionate Op Ed piece. Well-written. May I suggest a possible explanation for the bunnies and bonnets.? While it is easy to identify with Christmas -- who doesn't get excited over the birth of a baby -- the Easter holiday encompasses all 8 days, not just the resurrection day. The Holy Week activities that lead up to the wonderful Resurrection Day are very painful -- who likes to see the innocent suffer and be tortured to death. The realization that it all happened because of my sin -- well, it is just too hard so let's put some colorful fluff into the truth, shall we? I don't agree with the Bunnies an Bonnets thing; I just understand why they do it. In any case, you have articulated your feelings quite well and I agree with you.
Verna Cole Mitchell 04/18/12
Your heart's desire to celebrate Easter as a day to honor God came through clearly in this piece. That's my desire, too.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/19/12
Congratulations for ranking 9th in level one!
Bryan Rudolph04/22/12
Thank you, Laura, for your unequivocal demonstration that bunnies and bonnets are bogus, as substitutes for Easter's message and meaning.