As a kid, I recall coloring eggs and hunting for them in the morning and getting a basket of candy... but I had no idea what it was all about. My mom talked about Spring and renewal and rebirth (in a metaphorical sense), but a small child can't connect with that)... especially when presented with eggs, bunnies.. and candy.
At at age of 8, I witnessed my first "Easter Egg Hunt" event. I was horrified. I think this might have scarred me for life. The horrible children running and pushing and grabbing... more, more, more... the greed... the parents 'egging' them on. It was SICK.
These kids... these parents... they don't give a damn about Easter... or it's meaning. Whether or not you're talking about Eostre (my personal thoughts and my roots) or Jesus (who came along much later), this is horrible. This has nothing to do with Easter.
I think if you add in my aversion to candy and sugary things... Easter is just a bad holiday.
Easter... it's about Spring. It's about light. It's about rebirth... the rebirth of one's soul out of the darkness of winter and the buds on the trees... the flowers starting to bloom...the grass growing again... the veggies in the garden to nourish our bodies.
My husband's work has organized a HUGE Easter Egg Hunt and Cake Walk (you might know how I feel about those)... no, we won't be attending. We'll focus on our values... we'll plant new seeds in our garden and tend the plants. We'll have a few treats, yes, but nothing lavish. We'll talk about the meaning of Easter and why we celebrate this holiday.
What will you do for Easter?
And, really, will you color eggs with your kids... and put them in the fridge... and then hide them in them in the morning... and tell them the Easter Bunny (the creepy guy in the suit at the mall) came by in the middle in the night and hid them in the yard... and the kids have to go find them all... and then hand them back over to the parents to put them back in the fridge... and the parents will make some egg salad sandwiches for lunch or deviled eggs for dinner? Really? Even as a very small child, this whole process made no sense and I couldn't for the life of me connect it to what Easter was all about.