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Tell Me More About the Easter Bunny

Since Jenna is two and a half this Easter, I thought it was time to give her my condensed version of what Easter is really all about it. I told her the story of Jesus, Christians, and the cross, but left out all of the gory and transcendental details. I ended with: “Even when people die the love we have shared together lives on forever.”

At this point Jenna smiled up at me and remarked: “I’ve got bunny teeth!”

When I had the same talk about Easter with Bruce five years ago, he thought about everything I said very seriously, and then said: “Mommy, tell me more about the Easter Bunny.”

Ugh! Back to the land of rank commercialism… I’m not sure that dyeing Easter eggs should have anything to do with Good Friday, but that is what we did last night anyway. I already feel guilty about resorting to the “I-bet-these-dyes-come-from-China” pack of colored wonders I picked up at our local grocery store. We’ve been really busy. Too busy in fact, for me to make the natural dye recipe from the April, 2009 edition of Ladies Home Journal we usually use.

In case you are interested, here’s the recipe:

Add 2 cups of water and 2Ts vinegar to:

  • Orange: 2 Ts paprika
  • Blue: 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • Pink: 1 cup chopped beets
  • Green: 1 cup blueberries and 2Ts turmeric

Or, you could just buy a box of dye from the store. Whatever…


  1. jengod says:

    Would you believe I forgot about the dyeing Easter eggs part of Easter this year? We’re incredibly secular, and I completely disregarded the whole thing this year, but I do love the Easter eggs part. I would do this natural dye thing in a heartbeat tomorrow, but I only have brown eggs in the house so I’d have to buy white ones at the store. I think I’m gonna save my pennies for actual chickens, which we’re pretty close to actually getting!

  2. Claire H. says:

    My mom tried the natural dyes one year when I was a kid and as I recall, they don’t work very well. Since then, we’ve always just done the Paas-bought-on-clearance-the-Monday-after-Easter thing 😉

    • jenbrdsly says:

      With the natural dye you have to put the eggs in, and then let them sit for a while. We switched to natural dyes after that one year when all the little babies in China were being poisoned by milk and people were also freaking out about red dye. I looked at Bruce’s hands after he had used the Paas dyes, and they were completely stained. It made me wonder what chemicals my son was ingesting. That’s why I feel guilty about copping out this year.

  3. CC Jen says:

    I don’t even understand how the Easter Bunny came into being – I mean, I get that it’s some sort of overly commercialized, semi-pagan thing, but can’t we just call it the Spring Bunny and let Easter be Easter?!

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