Well for me, Easter baskets are a symbol of the holiday. What would Easter be without baskets filled to the brim with candy treats such as chocolates and jellybeans, all of these usually in the shape of an egg or a rabbit?
Have you ever considered where the idea of Easter baskets originated? Allow me to give you a brief history.
My two girls are 10 and 12 and it would be a stretch of my imagination if I told you they still believed in the Easter Bunny *sniff*. In year's past, our tradition has always been to sit the baskets out on Easter eve. so that the Easter Bunny could fill it with goodies and then hide the basket for the girls to hunt on Easter morning. A special snack of carrots and water was always provided for the Easter Bunny in case he needed nourishment during his night of hopping from house to house delivering treats to every boy and girl. I will surely miss this tradition.
So now, I guess we will still sit out the baskets for the Easter Bunny (aka Mom and Dad) to fill, but it will not be the same, as some of the magic is gone. I will still enjoy filling the baskets with special treats, all color coded and matching - i-Tunes gift cards, small unique gifts and plastic eggs stuffed with underwear just to name a few. It is always a joy to watch my girls look through their baskets in delight. However, I feel that it is important for them to know that Easter Baskets are only one of the symbols of the real reason for the season and that is the celebration and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Here are some Easter pictures from last year: