We've pondered the problem of the Easter egg hunt for a while now. I grew up hunting candy on Easter afternoon, hidden by my father - a Bible believing baptist preacher, and it was a lot of fun.
But, in recent years, we've been challenged to considered where the symbols of eggs and bunnies come from, and whether they have a place in our celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Since the resurrection celebration is not actually God commanded, we have a lot of freedom in how we observe it.
What we are told in scripture is to remember the events of Jesus' death and resurrection. That's something Jesus started himself, with the introduction of communion (Luke 22: 14-23). Jesus also instructed us to share the message of the gospel (Mark 16: 15-16). And, we are to be separate from the world while still living in it (Romans 12: 2).
With these things in mind, we can examine the idea of an Easter egg hunt, and find a fitting alternative. I say alternative, because if bunnies and eggs really do have to do with pagan goddesses of fertility, and because at the very least, they have nothing to do with the story of Christ, it does not seem inappropriate to remove them from our celebration. However, there is nothing wrong with the tradition of the hunt (in fact, you could tie it very nicely to scripture by introducing it with Matthew 7: 7 - "seek and you will find"), it is only the symbols being hunted for that need to be changed.
Why not hunt for the Lamb? Instead of eggs try hiding lamb shaped cookies (in baggies of course), with verses about the Lamb. This not only provides a fun time after dinner, but a little learning with dessert. Learning about Jesus and why He is called the Lamb, will help children remember the story and the significance of His sacrifice. As to the sharing, a plate of lamb shaped cookies could be taken to the neighbors, sent to work with Dad, or given to friends, as an opportunity to share some of what Easter is really about.
We have also thought of hiding one special crown for the children to seek. When looking for the Lamb, they might find the King!
This is just an idea we thought we'd pass along for thought. Celebrating apart from the world, doesn't have to mean leaving the celebration behind. Jesus did say "Let the little children come to me." (Matthew 19: 14)
And, while it's great to be a homeschooler, it's even better to be a Christian!