• Sun, Mar 31 2013

As A Non-Religious Person, I Totally Look Forward To Celebrating Easter With My Kids

shutterstock_63699679I think sometimes it’s easy to feel left out of holidays in this country when you are not religious. But as a non-religious parent, I am fully going to embrace the holidays and make them as fun as they can be for my kids. When they are old enough to enjoy it – we definitely will be celebrating Easter.

I don’t consider myself an Atheist. I do consider myself highly suspect of organized religion.  I do enjoy stories from all different religions and plan on exposing my children to as many as possible. I think it is possible to believe in some greater spirituality without attributing one particular deity to it. I think it makes sense to explain that people – since the beginning of time – have been reaching for something to believe in that is beyond themselves.

I like the pagan story of Ishtar and how every year, on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, a celebration was made. It was Ishtar’s Sunday and was celebrated with rabbits and eggs. Some may prefer the narrative of Jesus rising from the dead. Ultimately – what I remember about these holidays when I was a child was the excitement they brought. I don’t want to leave my children out of that excitement because of my own religious doubt. Holidays don’t have to be religious.

I know a lot of people feel that these holidays are just another day for Hallmark to make money and frivolous things to be bought. But frankly, I like any day that brings families together to share a meal at a table. I used to love coloring eggs when I was a kid. And what child doesn’t love receiving a basket of candy? I want to have these rituals with my children. Sure, I’ll tell them the story of the resurrection. Why not? Then I’ll tell them the story of Ishtar and any other entertaining stories I find. They can decide for themselves what their favorite is.

I guess the point of this whole post is – don’t feel left out of typically “religious” holidays if you are not religious. Remember how fun it was to celebrate these “holidays” as a child – and make your own traditions.

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  • Blooming_Babies

    100% I love Easter, the eggs and bunnies, the treats, and a nice meal with friends and family. We’re not religious but I try to expose my kids to everything I can so we went to an Easter service this morning. I just want to celebrate all of it and enjoy traditions.

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Guerrilla Mom

      Exactly! Happy Easter!

  • Mother

    It’s a mainstream fluke, anyway. Yes, easter does celebrate the rising of Jesus for some. The part of rabbits and eggs, ham dinner and candy, obviously have nothing to do with Jesus. Those parts are pagan tradition celebrating fertility. I encourage families to teach their kids the difference, whether they are religious or not. It’s a great history lesson and great way to share knowledge with your children and loved ones. They will have a head up in life, where most people do not have a clue about the true origins of, not just Easter but many other holidays as well. You are not the only voice in your child’s ear, so be the loudest!

  • Gangle

    I am religious (Christian) and so celebrate Easter by going to the church services on Friday and Sunday.

    I am educated enough to know that Easter also falls on the same time of year as the pagan fertility celebration… not at all a fluke but originally planned that way by missionaries converting pagans in foreign countries.

    I don’t really have any problem with people celebrating Easter or Christmas in their own ways. It isn’t my way, but that is ok. I think it is great that although you don’t follow a particular religion you are interested in opening your childrens minds to other cultures and beliefs.

    I think that the more we know and understand about people who are different from ourselves, the more we are able to empathise and get along.

  • William Hudson

    I have never understood the concept of “organized religion”. All institutions, including churches, must be organized to some extent. Lives themselves require organization–some more than others. Otherwise you would be left with the exact opposite, total discord. However, “organized religion” has little to do with the message of Easter Sunday. God is Holy and could not be in the presence of sin. But He had compassion on us sinners and came into the world in the Person of His Son Jesus Christ. He walked among us, showed us how to live, and then he did an amazing thing. He bled, suffered and died on the cross, taking our sins upon Himself as a sacrifice in our stead, and now all who call upon the Name of the Lord will be saved. He is at the Right Hand of the Father interceding for all who have accepted Him as Savior and Lord. No, faith in Christ is not an “organized religion”. It is a relationship with our Living God, our Creator, and Easter Sunday is the celebration of the risen Savior who bore the sin of the world on the cross at Calvary. I am so glad that you are willing to expose your children to this Truth, and I pray that through the Power of the Holy Spirit, whom Christ sent to us, they and you will come to a saving knowledge of the Truth because God loves all of us desires that no one should perish.