I’m about to head out of town to do some Easter celebratin’ with my folks and some of my peeps (by the way I love me some Peeps). Sure I’m Catholic, but really the best part about Easter? The brunch buffet. Yup. Keeping that in mind I’m actually going to post an old Easter op-ed I wrote for The Seattle Times in college (I’m using the title I created, not the expansive one my editor chose). If you don’t want to read it, skip down to some classic and not-so-classic Easter ads. This weekend I’m going to try to accomplish something I have never been able to do before, watch a bunny hatch a Cadbury Egg. I wonder if the rate of sugar hangovers is higher after Halloween or Easter? Hoppy Easter!
A Creative Escher Peeps Diorama
My Truth About Easter
People have taken the context of Easter to obscurity, often forgetting why they celebrate the holiday.
Like many Christian holidays, Easter has been secularized and commercialized. People often gripe about how Easter is a corporate scandal to make money off those who like to celebrate.
To those skeptics, I must be a corporate sucker. My earliest Easter memory is of my first Easter egg hunt, a giant pink bunny and my screaming peers. I also recall dying eggs with my dad and mom, crafting tremendous Easter baskets full of candy and toys.
My parents raised me in the Catholic Church and although my current mass attendance is poor, I don’t dismiss my religious upbringing. But I wonder if it is wrong for me to think of Easter more as a celebration with friends and family, and less of it in the name of Jesus.
One of my roommates, whose family is not at all religious, has always celebrated Easter. In fact, without religion, Easter still has a unique aura.
The Web site of “The Magical Land of Cadbury in Australia” greets visitors with “Where the magic of Easter begins.”
According to Christian belief and tradition, Easter does hold magic. But I believe there is also magic in Easter bunnies and in the surprises they deliver. And my stomach believes there is magic in the form of Easter brunches.
To devout religious followers, the magic of the bunny and brunches may be offensive. So excuse my temerity. My celebration of Easter may not reflect typical Christian intent, but I recognize that I am celebrating life and family.
And isn’t that what we are supposed to do during the Lenten and Easter season, celebrate life?
Obviously, Easter is about more than bunnies and egg hunts, but it’s also about more than Lent and church service. Easter should represent the celebration of life, no matter the form.
As I grow older I still get excited to see Cadbury eggs and pastel color schemes in grocery stores. I look forward to sipping mimosas at Easter brunch with my parents and relatives. I appreciate being alive and spending time with my family and those I love.
Perhaps I observe Easter with candy and buffets, but I’m celebrating life. And isn’t that the meaning of Jesus’ resurrection?
I challenge everyone to create meaning in their own celebration of Easter.
– By Penning Panda (Catholic by up-brining, secular through life, and a fan of brunch)
Now on to the videos:
The first is the OG Cadbury Bunny ad.
The next clip is the classic Cadbury Bunny “Tryout” commercial, the cat was a new addition in 2009.
The third clip is the 2010 Cadbury Egg 2010 “3D Goo” commercial.
And finally I present you a rejected Reese’s Easter commercial. Pretty creative, a little risque, but disappointed it was not picked up… I wonder why?