My Baby Will Believe in the Easter Bunny But He Won’t Believe in God

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  1. Laura and I have the same problem, except that Laura still identifies as Jewish, while I consider myself an atheist. So how do the atheist and the Jew celebrate Easter, the most Christ-filled of all religious holidays? Egg hunts, Easter baskets, and chocolate, of course. I don’t know if it’s easier or harder that neither of us really struggled with Christianity. I was raised Christian, but I see now that I never really believed it; any praying I did was akin to throwing a coin in a fountain and making a wish. But it is weird to try to come up with ways to celebrate holidays with Brandon, when those holidays aren’t really my holidays anymore, and never were my wife’s holidays.

    And I have no idea what to do later on, when he learns that other people celebrate Christmas as the birth of Jesus, their Redeemer and Savior, while he celebrates it as a day to celebrate family, good friends, and good food. I secretly hope that our generation will be more lax about their faith, so that the children of atheists, agnostics, and atheist-Jew combos won’t be alienated for not believing something that is almost certainly false, and that half the alleged believers don’t actually believe anyway.

    For now, I tell myself, and hopefully will tell Brandon, that it’s less important why these holidays are celebrated, and more important what they mean to us as individuals, and as a family. To borrow, albeit somewhat grotesquely, from the existentialists, we can create meaning in the world, we need not take it as it’s given, pre-packaged and ready to consume. The meaning of Christmas, Easter, and the rest are up for grabs, no matter what the “Put the Christ back in Christmas” crowd has to say about it.

  2. Good luck, Brian. You can teach your kid about the Easter Bunny and about no god but you can’t be sure your kid won’t believe in God. Kids surprise you!!!! And you don’t know and can’t really predict wht they will BELIEVE in.
    Judith

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