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It’s not about the bunny!

It's not about the bunny!

 

the Easter Bunny comes from pagan rites of spring – new life, fertility etc, – but more from pagan Germany than pagan Britain. Eighteenth-century German settlers brought “Oschter Haws” to America, where Pennsylvania Dutch settlers prepared nests for him in the garden or barn. On Easter Eve, the rabbit laid his coloured eggs in the nests in payment. In Germany, old Oschter lays red eggs on Maundy Thursday.

Children in the countyside are wise when it comes to reproduction, observing it first-hand in the animals and hens around them every day.   Why would children in an agrarian society believe a rabbit lays eggs?!!!

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April 20, 2014 · 10:30

St Peter interviews three new arrivals

The story is told about Peter interviewing three new arrivals in heaven.

Peter, you see, was deeply concerned about religious literacy and he had become convinced that Christians were arriving with little or no knowledge of their faith. Turning to the first of the three new arrivals, he asked, “What does Christmas mean to you?”

The new arrival responded, “Santa comes down the chimney and leaves gifts. We have a big family dinner and we all have fun.”

Disappointed, Peter turned to the second arrival, “What can you tell me about Easter?”

“Oh, that’s easy,” the second arrival responded, “the Easter bunny hides eggs, we have a big family dinner and everyone has fun.”

Now, convinced that things were really very bad, Peter turned to the third arrival and said, “Can you tell me anything more about Easter?”

To which the third arrival responded, “It’s the day that we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.”

“Go on,” Peter said, suddenly encouraged.

Eagerly the new arrival added, “And when Jesus comes out of the tomb, if he sees his shadow, we have three more weeks of basketball.”

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