Why Do Santa and The Easter Bunny Get More Attention Than Jesus?
One of our Hubbers came out with this questions and felt cheated at a young age, when the truth came out.
Why is that Santa and This Easter bunny get all the attention than even Jesus, God's almighty begotten son?
When we were kids, we wanted to see our gifts under that three. Red green and gold were the colors that prevailed. Adds, games, music and even recipes, were dusted off over and over, so we could start 'giving away' the money earned during the previous months. Same thing with that Easter bunny. Dollars stores were always anxious to keep that 'business as usual' going. Valentines cards and hearts had to be put aside and painlessly give room for those coloring books and Easter baskets. Do you think the Bible would sell like a best seller and pay the bills? Do you honestly think that... Walmart, Kmart and even those Super Stores would stop those seasonal traditions for those ten commandments and some parables? Who could sell the most? Is a Wonderful Life? Or some religious cartoons for your kids, were offered after the Sunday service...?
If your parents were from Nepal, like our friend Vinaya, then Christmas would've been celebrated in a different way. Norse epic stories brought Saint Nicholas and that tree from Nordic and Icelandic shores. When we were kids, we coudn't wait to dress for Halloween or follow that Easter hunting tradition. Just to give you an example. When you catch a big fish, you get your picture taken in a certain way. You hold the fish against the camera, the way grandpa told your dad. Not on your head, or against your chest. Jesus traditions became too preachy. Huguenots and protestantism, altogether with Lutherans demystified the Christianity from Rome. Our first Thirteen colonies embrace freedom and paganism in disguised. The Anglican separation change our view from Western religion. A bunny was more appealing than the Pope from the Vatican.
We tend to look for the easiest way to have a good time. Just add norms and culture limitations or exaggerations. Your Sunday school study didn't help you at all. You couldn't wait to get home to watch a football game, or check the calendar for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July.. and finally Easter. You are not going to watch Pat from the 700 club re-runs and get inspired. Capitalism and their bankers want to move that money around... Don't read this loud; Wall Street might have a heart attack.
Mark Zuckerberg is ready to change your FaceBook timeline Platform that painfully, oh my goodness, you just caught up with. "Do you frankly think, we need Jesus on our TV's," they say, "to make your day?"
Not mentioning that these are the sign of the times, but society has relegated the Bible to the closet. We have had enough from that 'Prodigal son' and the 'Good Samaritan.' Consumerism, commercial trends, and society 'per se' have set the norms handed down from ancient generations.
We don't blame anyone, is just us and our walks of life. If you were for instance, a peasant in seventeen century France, you had to pick up the crops of the season and pay your taxes to "God save notter rexorum" Louis XIV. You were already mad at the Pope for taking your land in the name of Christendom. Psychologically you started to hate this Book from heaven and his Jesus. Norman Lords were there to help you sustain a feudalism of their own. Scope away to different times and you will sum up everything on that Sunday service when you were a tiny little joyful kid.
Time to close and see, when is going to be Easter Sunday this year. Have some nephews and nieces waiting for me... ya know?