Have You Ever Celebrated Easter With an Easter Gift?
Why not make this coming Easter feel a bit more special by sending your loved one with a beautiful, safe, organic cotton gift she can treasure for a lifetime.
Classic off-white woven knitted toys available as not only your favorite bunny
but also your favorite bear, moose, hippo, and duck!
“The very first Easter taught us this:
that life never ends and love never dies.” – KM
Pastel colored dolls and items are perfect for gifting to your friends,
children or grandchildren, as you hunt for Easter eggs this holiday.
“For I remember it is Easter Morn
and life and love and peace are all new born.” – AFP
So How Does the Tradition of Giving Easter Baskets and Others Gifts Tie into Easter?
Have you ever wondered why we give Easter baskets? Why we have activities such as Easter Egg Hunts? And how do they relate to the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus?
Surprising Pagan Roots
Parents have actually been giving their children baskets in the spring for centuries, even before the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus as recorded in the Christian Bible. In the Germanic traditions, for example, giving baskets in the spring was associated with a Germanic fertility goddess. Young seedings were offered to her in baskets each spring in hopes that she would send a successful harvest. This same germanic goddess was also believed to carry a basket filled with eggs to encourage fertility. Rabbits were believed to secretly visit children the evening before Easter to give them their baskets. Other cultures celebrated the coming of Spring with their own beliefs as well. Various cultures attributed this seasonal change to various gods and goddesses. Some pagans even still celebrate the goddess “Mother Earth” today.
Christian Make-Over Many Years Ago
Christians today celebrate Easter in recognition and celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus about 2,000 years ago. According to the Gospel accounts, Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected at the time of the Jewish Passover. Since that event took place, those who believe in Jesus as their Messiah have honored that day and celebrated it with the traditional Passover. Like Christmas and many other “Christian” holidays today, the early Christian church leaders felt that old traditions needed to be “made over.” They did this so that people could more easily let go of their old religion and reinterpret their previous practices in a new light. It is for this reason that many of the customs associated with pagan celebrations of the coming of Spring were adopted and reinterpreted into Christian traditions.