In your family, do you do the bunny thing or just the Jesus thing at Easter? My wife and I have never really done bunny stuff with our kids (other than devouring a good chocolate critter we've bought in the post-Easter clearance sales). To my 3-year old, Silas, Easter is the day we have a big party at church and Ms. Rhoda (his Sunday School teacher) gives him treats to eat.
This morning Silas and I went to a local home and garden store. While standing in the check-out line at the store, we were approached by a 6' white rabbit carrying a basket of chocolates. The rabbit didn't say anything, just held out the basket for Silas to take a treat. Silas was stunned; SPEECHLESS! And if you know my kids, silence is an oddity. I had to explain to Silas that it was the "Easter Bunny" and that he was allowed to take the treat. My explanation didn't calm his fears, but he took the chocolate anyway.
For the next hour, Silas kept talking about this tall rabbit with no mouth. He was sure there was no mouth since the rabbit did not say anything to him.
As I pondered this encounter, I realized that the experience Silas had with the white rabbit is quite similar to the experience that unchurched people have when they visit church services. Out of context, the traditions and language we use can be as senseless (and scary) as a six-foot white rabbit - without a mouth.
What kind of things are we doing as a church (what kind of family traditions do we keep) that make newcomers (specifically pre-Christians) feel uncomfortable?