Growing us, Easter was a special time for us children. The girls got new dresses with white gloves and spiffy black shoes. The boys got a white shirt, black pants and a black tie with a good polishing of the Sunday shoes.
We got trucked off to Sunday services where the other boys and girls had their new outfits. Don’t remember much about the homily, but Sunday dinner was special with hot cross buns. Then grandfather and our neigbour would go hide the eggs, actual eggs, which we had helped colored and design on Saturday night with grandmother’s help. The dining room table was a mess when we went to bed.
After the egg hunt, we returned inside to find an Easter basket with a bunny and packed full of candy. Chocolate never tasted so good, especially the bunny. Of course, one must not forget the piece de resistance—the special Cadbury crème egg.
For a child and dare I say an adult Easter candy is not candy without that special Cadbury crème egg. Cadbury may be the best candy on earth, and perhaps in the solar system.
Some purists among us would remove this tradition of the Easter bunny and egg hunt from the children. Based on the articles below, the bunny is of specious origins. In other words the Easter bunny is as pagan as the Christmas tree.
Is this a problem? Can Easter be both religious and secular? Serious and fun?
On this planet traversing the cosmos children need all the care-free years entitled to them before late teens and adulthood. Let children have fun on Easter after services.
However, please monitor their candy consummation. A balanced diet will take a child a long way, but a Cadbury crème egg once a year adds a little sweetness to childhood.
G. D. Williams © 2011
The Huffington Post: Easter Bunny Explained
Vancouver Sun: Just how did the bunny rabbit become the secular symbol of Easter?
THE AUSTRALIAN: Easter Candy
THE EASTER EGG ARCHIVES
THE TELEGRAPH: Easter Egg War
MSN: The History of Easter Eggs
MSN: 6 Easter Breads Recipes