No bunnies I like bible based Easter items
I Don't know about you guys, but I've never really been into Easter like most of my friends. As a child... and into adulthood I never understood the custom of having a big white bunny drop candy off at my house.... Then he dropped off a big chocolate statue of himself which i never could finish. The jelly beans didn't bother me though. I never understood the word Easter.. I just figured it was in the bible somewhere... Surprise it's not. It turns out... many of the "things" we associate with Easter come from pagan rituals. In light of that many church have done away with the word Easter altogether during Services. Instead we call it Resurrection Sunday and instead tying it into the end of the season of lent and not focusing Christ's death and burial but his resurrection *with* power.
According to Christian Answers.net
1- the word Easter: Most reference books say that the name “Easter” is derived from the Eastre, the Teutonic goddess of Spring. ( again not from the bible.. some kind of pagan thing)
2- The rabbit is well known as a sexual symbol of fertility. (again a pagan thing folks used hoping to increase their chances of getting pregnant.
3. “The egg was a sacred symbol among the Babylonians. They believed an old fable about an egg of wondrous size which was supposed to have fallen from heaven into the Euphrates River. From this marvelous egg - according to the ancient story - the Goddess Astarte (Easter) [Semiramis], was hatched. And so the egg came to symbolize the Goddess Easter.”
So, I do notice when stores, like this Walmart, have Resurrection Sunday Items.