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post #41 of 56
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You know, I never reflected on Zombie Day.  It was just an idea that we rolled with.  I won't stop it without agreement with my children, because it is family fun and gives us something to do with left over Halloween candy.  However, I do think I will discuss with my children about being respectful to other religions.  This will be complicated because other religions are not respectful to our belief.  We are quite with our opinions, however others are more willing to tell us we will be going to hell.  They know the idea of Easter was borrowed from Pegan religions by Christians.  

 


I don't think you should stop. Your daughter made a very astute observation. The important thing to note here is that (I assume) she did not intend to mock or belittle others with her connection between zombies and resurrected Jesus. She acted in innocence, and frankly, I think it's a cute observation. My friend, on the other hand, does so to illustrate her disdain and dislike of Christians and Christianity, and she encourages her kids to do so as well. Not cool. (FWIW, she's not a good friend of mine, but someone I see at my freethinker's group.)

 

Not all Christians (or people of other religious beliefs, for that matter) are disrespectful of those with different spiritual beliefs. In my personal experience, the fire-and-brimstone, "you're going to hell" types make up the minority of Christians. The vast majority of Christians I know are kind and accepting people who, even if they do not agree, respect my spiritual views and don't hit me over the head with their beliefs. I think they are the quiet majority, and it is for those people I make a point of being mindful about how I discuss religion with my kids (and others).
 

 

post #42 of 56

Back to secular Easter ideas...

 

This year I want to put a different spin on the traditional Easter egg hunt and make it a little more challenging for my kids. I am going to find a pile of rocks and stones in the yard and put stickers on them to denote a "prize," rather than have my DH fill plastic eggs with candy and money. Then they can turn in their stones for a gift. I think it will be a little harder for the kids to spot specially marked stones as opposed to colorful plastic eggs, which means they'll spend a little more time looking around outside and less time eating chocolate! winky.gif

 

Also thinking that I'll buy or make some seed bombs and hide them around the yard. Once the bombs are found, the kids will get to pick a place to plant their seeds. If the bombs don't get found... well, we'll have a few surprises popping up in the yard within the next month or so!

post #43 of 56
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Fruit. That's what my mom did when we were kids and we loved it. We'd get mangoes, papaya, pineapple, kiwis, a coconut, etc. etc. We definitely binged on a fruit for a few days, but it was awesome!

 


Why didn't I think of this before? My kids would be happy as clams pigging out on strawberries, and then we can save ourselves from the inevitable sugar crash when they've eaten two many jelly beans. Maybe I could put a few chocolates in there to hit the candy thing - but fruit really says spring more than candy, anyhow.

 

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Why didn't I think of this before? My kids would be happy as clams pigging out on strawberries, and then we can save ourselves from the inevitable sugar crash when they've eaten two many jelly beans. Maybe I could put a few chocolates in there to hit the candy thing - but fruit really says spring more than candy, anyhow.

 


 

It was awesome - just awesome. She usually threw in a bottle of pineapple/coconut "nectar", as well...mostly because I loved it. I don't know if it would have quite the same impact these days, because those fruits are more common and less exotic than they used to be (never saw a mango or papaya in the grocery store, for instance), but my kids still love it, even though they get lots of fruit on a regular basis.

post #45 of 56

I put short sleeve t-shirts, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and jump ropes in ours in lieu of candy.  They ended up getting Easter baskets from school anyway filled to the brim with plastic grass (*cringe*) and candy.  *sigh*

post #46 of 56

I like that chicken. I thought mine were EEs,but they look nothing like him. We just got a rooster today and boy were our 7 girls angry!

 

I still have to get food for the easter meal. Can't wait to eat a lot and relax. My dd thought the jesus/zombie thing was funny.

post #47 of 56
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I like that chicken. I thought mine were EEs,but they look nothing like him. We just got a rooster today and boy were our 7 girls angry!

 

I still have to get food for the easter meal. Can't wait to eat a lot and relax. My dd thought the jesus/zombie thing was funny.


Easter Eggers are just a mutt (not an actual breed), so anything that lays a coloured egg qualifies. I've got a dozen of them and they all look different.
post #48 of 56
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Back to secular Easter ideas...

 

This year I want to put a different spin on the traditional Easter egg hunt and make it a little more challenging for my kids. I am going to find a pile of rocks and stones in the yard and put stickers on them to denote a "prize," rather than have my DH fill plastic eggs with candy and money. Then they can turn in their stones for a gift. I think it will be a little harder for the kids to spot specially marked stones as opposed to colorful plastic eggs, which means they'll spend a little more time looking around outside and less time eating chocolate! winky.gif

 

Also thinking that I'll buy or make some seed bombs and hide them around the yard. Once the bombs are found, the kids will get to pick a place to plant their seeds. If the bombs don't get found... well, we'll have a few surprises popping up in the yard within the next month or so!


Dh wants to make a map, cut it into puzzle pieces and put them in plastic eggs. When the kids find all the eggs they can put the map together and then use it to find their gifts. It's supposed to rain all weekend so we'll likely be doing this inside. I also snagged ginourmous egg from the coop (goose egg size) and I'm going to paint that one gold with sparkles.
post #49 of 56

We call it Easter but do non religious things: Egg hunt, Easter baskets, etc.  We also try to focus on 'the return of life' in a natural way (new baby animals, new plants/flowers, leaves growing back on trees, etc.)

However, I have explained to my son what Easter means to Christians.  He's 8 and not sure what he believes yet.  I try to teach him about many religions and he's free to decide what he wants to believe.  redface.gif

 

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post #50 of 56
I love the bonfire idea and painting the clay pots. We do an easter egg hunt of our dyed eggs and plastic ones filled with quarters that they can use to power the ride on toys at our local mall. And we get a bunch of quarter machine toys to fill the eggs with instead of candy. I love the fruit idea too and will get some strawberries and exotic fruit. Yum! And chocolate and natural lolly pops. We were invited to my parents for lunch/dinner but we are going to say no and just stay home and watch a movie and perhaps build a bonfire. I like the idea of celebrating new growth but it is so cold here still and snowed yesterday. We get frost until June.

As for the Zombie thing, I am christian and I didn't take offense to it. I just got a good laugh from it.
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If you are celebrating the season of spring it started almost a month ago though.


You don't live in New England, I guess. The weather here didn't get the memo...
 

 

post #52 of 56
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Back to secular Easter ideas...

 

This year I want to put a different spin on the traditional Easter egg hunt and make it a little more challenging for my kids. I am going to find a pile of rocks and stones in the yard and put stickers on them to denote a "prize," rather than have my DH fill plastic eggs with candy and money. Then they can turn in their stones for a gift. I think it will be a little harder for the kids to spot specially marked stones as opposed to colorful plastic eggs, which means they'll spend a little more time looking around outside and less time eating chocolate! winky.gif

 

Also thinking that I'll buy or make some seed bombs and hide them around the yard. Once the bombs are found, the kids will get to pick a place to plant their seeds. If the bombs don't get found... well, we'll have a few surprises popping up in the yard within the next month or so!




Dh wants to make a map, cut it into puzzle pieces and put them in plastic eggs. When the kids find all the eggs they can put the map together and then use it to find their gifts. It's supposed to rain all weekend so we'll likely be doing this inside. I also snagged ginourmous egg from the coop (goose egg size) and I'm going to paint that one gold with sparkles.


That is an awesome idea! I like the idea of turning the egg hunt into an adventure as opposed to a gift grab.

 

It's supposed to rain here too, which is kind of a bummer, but an indoor hunt doesn't sound like a bad idea. smile.gif
 

 

post #53 of 56
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You don't live in New England, I guess. The weather here didn't get the memo...

For real. We're considering calling for another oil delivery, and it's almost May! Tomorrow we'll have a high of 52, rain, and 20mph winds. More rain on Sunday with a high of 63. I don't see too many egg hunts happening this weekend.
 

 

post #54 of 56

 

A couple of days ago, my 7 y.o. son asks me: "Mom, why does the Passover Bunny visit the houses of children who are not Jewish?"

 

Seriously. And here I was worrying that Christian influences would undermine our household's Jewish worldview. ROTFLMAO.gif

 

So I told him the whole Resurrection story, and he reacted the way you'd expect a person to react hearing that for the first time, and from here on out we are not going to pussyfoot around the Christian backstory to popular American holidays. Thank you, Story Of The World, for your helpful Jesus chapter. 

 

In terms of Easter, my basic guidelines for celebration have apparently worked well (too well?), so:

 

1. Baskets. Monogrammed Pottery Barn baskets. Plus additional baskets made by aunt and grandma. Baskets galore.

2. Foil-wrapped chocolate eggs, carrot-shaped Reese's pieces bags, one chocolate bunny each TOTAL, not per basket. Emphasis of all baskets is on toys. Bunnies, lambs, etc. are all fine. Basically, if it's not in the shape of a cross, it can go in the basket. (Chocolate crosses are big around here.)

3. Egg hunt as weather and circumstance permit, but church-sponsored hunts verboten. Around here, the Park and Rec department sponsors a Jesus-free egg hunt. 

4. Family meal - yes, a baked ham is OK, we're Reform.  

5. Since the climate is agreeable here, we are going to plant sunflowers on Easter this year. 

post #55 of 56
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Originally Posted by MissMaegie'sMama View Post

Back to secular Easter ideas...

 

This year I want to put a different spin on the traditional Easter egg hunt and make it a little more challenging for my kids. I am going to find a pile of rocks and stones in the yard and put stickers on them to denote a "prize," rather than have my DH fill plastic eggs with candy and money. Then they can turn in their stones for a gift. I think it will be a little harder for the kids to spot specially marked stones as opposed to colorful plastic eggs, which means they'll spend a little more time looking around outside and less time eating chocolate! winky.gif

 

Also thinking that I'll buy or make some seed bombs and hide them around the yard. Once the bombs are found, the kids will get to pick a place to plant their seeds. If the bombs don't get found... well, we'll have a few surprises popping up in the yard within the next month or so!




Dh wants to make a map, cut it into puzzle pieces and put them in plastic eggs. When the kids find all the eggs they can put the map together and then use it to find their gifts. It's supposed to rain all weekend so we'll likely be doing this inside. I also snagged ginourmous egg from the coop (goose egg size) and I'm going to paint that one gold with sparkles.

OMG, so awesome about the map.  I am SO doing that!
 

 

post #56 of 56

I read somewhere about one family's tradition of giving kids a new kite every Easter.  I love that idea!

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