chocolate bunny

Dear Grandpa Bunny,

I can’t believe I only have one more week of training left. I’ve learned a LOT but I still have so many questions.

Right now I’m especially wondering…

Why on earth do we bring chocolate bunnies to the children on Easter?

Love,

Little Bunny

 

Dear Little Bunny,

I know, I know….all young bunnies ask about this at some point.  It may seem kind of odd to give the children chocolate shapes of ourselves to…eat.

It all began with old Elmer Easter Bunny. He always had such a silly side to him, but he was a generous and faithful Easter Bunny.

I think all he really wanted to do is to find a way to give the children a bigger piece of chocolate.  Anyway, here’s the thought Elmer came up with. Jesus gave all of himself: his whole life,death, resurrection, his sweet love, everything… When we give the children chocolate bunnies,  it’s like we are giving all of ourselves too.  I’m not sure if the children think of it that way…but I like Elmer’s idea. (And the children do like getting nice big chunk of chocolate!)

Do you like the idea of giving all of yourself for the good of others? (not to eat, but in other ways.) It’s such a special part of being an Easter Bunny.

For me, it has become my greatest joy!

I bet it will be for you too! You have done so well during these many days of training.

Lets pray your final week is the best of all.  Let’s make it A4UJ! (All for you Jesus!)

I’m so proud of you! Jesus is proud of you too!

 

Lots of love and big snuggly hugs,

Grandpa Bunny

 

For the Big bunnies…

As you begin your final preparations for Easter, here is an activity you may want to try with your family. You can do it very simply or as  a keepsake crafty project. Make an Easter Tomb to remember and honor the death and resurrection of Jesus in a very special way perfect for younger children.

For the not so crafty types, here is the simple version:

Supplies…Shoe box, brown fabric, stand up crucifix,  toilet paper, Risen Jesus figure, tiny bunny, jelly beans

1) Turn a shoebox on its side and drape some brown fabric over it leaving the “open” side partly uncovered. Get a crucifix that stands on a base that you can get Jesus off of. Detach Jesus and hot glue a loop of red yarn or string to his back. Make the loop big enough so you can temporarily “hang” Jesus on the cross and his arms will line up. Stand the cross with Jesus on top or next to the “hillside”.

2) Show the children that Jesus died on the cross. But He didn’t stay on the cross. He was on the cross for 3 hours. Count 1…2…3. Then Jesus was carefully and lovingly taken down from the cross by his mom and the apostles. They wrapped him in white cloth. Child can carefully wrap crucified Jesus in toilet paper (or if you like, in white fabric strips). Then place Jesus in the tomb. Place a round stone (from your yard) in front of the opening. Count 1…2…3 again to show that Jesus was in the tomb for 3 days. Place the tiny bunny near the stone or inside the tomb.  Tell them that they can pretend to be the bunny staying so close to Jesus when he was all alone. Ask the children…Did Jesus stay dead? NO! He is alive!

3) Then take Crucified Jesus out of the tomb and replace him with the Risen Jesus! Stand Jesus at the entrance to the tomb with the little bunny and pour some jelly beans all around in front of them. Jesus rose from the dead so he could pour His life, His sweet love and His JOY into all of our hearts…no matter who we are. Even if we are as small as a bunny! And when we receive His life…eat a jelly bean…His sweet love lives inside of us! (Children may want to do this activity over and over on their own…and that’s a good thing!)

If you are the crafty type, click on: Jesus is the JOY of Easter Resurrection set for a download

of instructions and pictures to create your own Easter Tomb Keepsake SetJesus candy bunny tomb

(And remember the reason we give candy on Easter…Because the love of Jesus is so SWEET!)

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Cathy bunny head shot (1)The creator of the Grandpa Bunny Letters is Cathy Gilmore, a native of St. Louis, MO and a married mother ofthree. The Grandpa Bunny Letters are inspired by Cathy’s love for JRR Tolkien’s wonderful, Letter’s From Father Christmas.  Experience with the Montessori-based children’s Bible study program, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd gives Cathy a unique approach to writing children’s literature.  She is the author of the endearing children’s book Little Lamb Finds Christmas and co-author of the book, Easter Bunny’s Amazing Day, in which a new kind of Easter Bunny shows that “Jesus is the JOY of Easter!” Cathy’s passion is to cultivate each reader’s spiritual imagination through stories that touch the heart with the transforming love of Christ.