Easter and Christmas: The “Unbiblical” Holidays

So, this morning a friend and I were chatting and I mentioned how we don’t really do the Easter egg thing because it’s not related to the actual meaning of Easter. She pointed out that I do the Christmas thing and that that’s not really related either, which got me thinking because I despise inconsistency, and I realized the following which I’ll share in case anyone else is having the same issue.

I posted about Christmas in December of last year, and how there is a lot of symbolism to me that fits with the real meaning of the day: Jesus’ birth. I’ll also post a few points today for whoever doesn’t want to click back.

Yes, the tree is a bit arbitrary, but it’s a tradition that comes with Christmas, so it stuck around. Also, we usually decorate with balloons or whatever for our own birthdays, so to me a tree is no less arbitrary than that. Christ and His salvation are the biggest gifts we ever received, and besides, if He were here on earth, we would be giving Him presents for His birthday. Exchanging gifts is a different way of doing this, and while it isn’t Biblical in the sense that no one in the Bible did it, it’s in the spirit of the Bible; giving to each other freely, being generous, gathering together, and loving each other. None of this is wrong or against the Bible, and although Christmas has been adopted by secular people and is more of a tradition than anything else, it is still a beautiful way to celebrate the birth of Christ. We make Him the center of our day and we honor Him by coming together with our friends and family and making it a priority to spend time with them. Again, none of this is unbiblical (as in disagreeing with the Bible), nor is it entirely unrelated. And this is why I think it’s awesome to celebrate Christmas.

Easter, on the other hand, has been made all about the Easter bunny and eating chocolate and hunting for Easter eggs. This is the death and resurrection of Christ we are talking about – our salvation – and it’s been reduced to Easter eggs. I can’t find anything in the secular tradition that relates to the death and resurrection of Christ, except that the eggs are hard-boiled and are therefore dead. There’s no religious significance to any of it, and no Biblical connection, and that’s why we don’t celebrate it the way the world does. I’m not saying it’s wrong to do it, and it’s not like I don’t eat the chocolate eggs this time of year or think people who celebrate Easter in this secular way are going to hell. Frankly it’s weird to me when people make a huge deal out of these things, because God knows our hearts. But I do know that over the Easter weekend, I don’t want my focus to be a bunny rabbit who brings eggs. Jesus Christ brought Himself, gave all of Himself, poured Himself out on the cross, died for our sins and gave us salvation and eternal life. That’s what our focus should be.

If your kids do Easter egg hunts, awesome and may they have fun, but make sure they know the real meaning behind Easter and let’s not water down one of the most crucial events in history. Christ died for us; all the glory and honor and praise to His name.

2 thoughts on “Easter and Christmas: The “Unbiblical” Holidays”

  1. As a child, I was taught that the shell of the egg was a metaphor for death, and the egg within a metaphor for resurrection, as being life within or beyond the apparently impenetrable barrier of death. I think folks in the Orthodox tradition having been using eggs (dyed red to symbolize His martyrdom) for a very long time. For myself, I find the custom charming, in its own way, although as you point out so well, it ought not displace the meaning of the day.

    Chocolate Easter Bunnies and the resultant rampant tooth decay and hyperactivity may be less theologically grounded. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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