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.

Why the resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated on Easter

If you're puzzled about why there are bunnies and colored eggs on the same day that people go to church to remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ, it all makes more sense when you think of Spring as being a time of rebirth.

Nowadays, in our homes and offices, Spring is just another day on the calendar. But to my ancestors, living in northern Europe, centuries before there was such a thing as a Starbucks Latte, Spring was a big deal. Similar to the winter solstice, on the third week of December, it was a time of celebration. And many of the old traditions, both during Christmas and Easter, remain to this day. Of course, now we know that bunnies aren't hatched out of eggs, but that was common knowledge in the, uh, less educated days of my ancestors. People saw eggs, then they saw bunnies, and they made a connection. Not so far fetched, considering that many people knew that rats were spontaneously created out of piles of seeds lying around the farm. There may even be people who believe this kind'a stuff nowadays. There's probably a website for it.

So anyway, if you get a disapproving look from someone on Easter Sunday because you're celebrating everything that Spring brings, such as flowers, bunnies and eggs, don't be discouraged. Easter is a time to celebrate, and shout out to the world that He has risen.

Make a joyful noise!
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