This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

The meaning of Easter

If you're confused about Easter traditions of chocolate bunnies, hiding eggs, that sort of thing, it's understandable. And, yes, it has to do with old pagan rituals of the celebration of spring, etc. And ultimately, that's all trivia. You can discuss it if you would like, but my family, the Puritans, had no interest in all of that stuff.

As their name implied, the Puritans were interested in stripping away all of the things that the centuries had added to the faith of Christianity. Ceremonies and public celebrations didn't really interest them. They knew what was important, and the most important thing to know about Jesus is that he rose from the dead. And his resurrection is the most important message of hope that Christianity provides.

Easter is the day that we remember that Jesus returned. And if it takes parades, hiding easter eggs, eating chocolate bunnies to help remember, that's fine. But the Puritans remembered it every day. They didn't need Easter to remind them.
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