As I was chatting with a co-worker the other day, she mentioned that her 3-year old daughter’s daycare isn’t having an “Easter” party this year because a parent complained last year about Easter being too religious.  So this year her daycare is celebrating “Bunny Day”.

Bunny Day?  I’ ve been around for awhile now and I’ve never heard of anyone celebrating Bunny Day.  Maybe Hugh Hefner…?  But a classroom full of 3 & 4 year olds have no clue what’s going on.  All they know is that they’re being given jelly beans and chocolate without having to listen or behave.

That being the case, why the knee-jerk reaction?  Why suck all the joy and ease out of our traditional holiday naming schemes to potentially avoid offending a handful of people?  Just because a holiday has religious traditions as part of it’s celebration doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of secular traditions for everyone to enjoy.  Why can’t calling it “Easter” be part of both traditions?

Here’s my idea: YOU celebrate your Easter holiday your way and leave ME to celebrate my Easter holiday my way and we can each call it whatever we want.  I’m all for individual expression, but publicly, let’s agree to refer to it in whatever way the bulk of society finds recognizable, okay? 

Because when you invite me and my family over for ”Bunny Dinner”, I get a little leery…

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