An Easter Puzzle

In the past, Easter has been a pretty big deal. Every year we would take the kids to at least two Easter egg hunts, and we'd usually organize a third egg hunt at our house for the kids and their cousins, accompanied by a fancy Easter brunch. But this year our Easter celebration consisted of handing the kids a couple of chocolate eggs and bunnies. Granted, the eggs were the size of babies' heads and came all the way from the UK, and everyone got to stuff themselves with chocolate for breakfast for the first time ever, but still, it was a subdued affair. I didn't even take the time yesterday to greet everyone a Happy Easter on Facebook, Twitter, or this blog!

(Belated Happy Easter to everyone, by the way.)

Even though all the Easter Eggs have been found and all the Easter Bonnets (and bunny suits) have been put back into storage, I've decided to post this belated Easter blog post so I can show a couple of photos of the kids and their Easter loot. And so I can ask a couple of questions that have been plaguing Alfie and me:

1) Why is it that the UK, a secular nation where half the population probably doesn't even associate Easter with anything but Easter eggs, gets bank holidays on Good Friday and Easter Monday but the US, a nation with a strong Christian tradition that celebrates Holy Week's religious traditions, doesn't?

2) What does the Easter bunny have to do with Easter anyway? Did he hop on over to Mary Magdalene's place to tell her that Jesus rose from the dead?

3) At what age should parents stop taking a child to Easter egg hunts?

4) Why are chocolate Easter eggs and Easter bunnies hollow?

5) Why can't we find more gigantic Easter eggs here in the US?

Maybe I'll figure out the answers in time for next Easter. Or maybe, if we eat enough chocolate, we won't care.

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