Saturday night, Bebe had a friend sleep over at our house for the first time. What a milestone for her (and for me, who put up with them until they finally crashed after midnight)!
Her friend who came over is our neighbor, and I know that her family doesn't attend church at all. During dinner, we were talking about how she would be going home before we went to Mass the next morning. The friend says, "Oh well, at least you go to a Catholic church. My friend Sissy took me to her church. I think it's called the Morgan [Mormon] church? They were so strict there. I didn't like it. We don't go to church. I don't really believe in that God stuff and I don't really care to figure it out, either. I believe in Big Foot, and unicorns, and fairies, and mermaids... that kind of stuff."
I giggled at this comment, but later when my brain was on rapid-fire while the girls watched a movie and fought sleep, I started thinking. I know for a fact that this child and her family celebrate Easter and Christmas. As kids get older and they talk (don't they always?), the children of unchurched families will learn that to some people Christmas is the celebration of Jesus' birth, and Easter is the celebration of Jesus' resurrection. But--here's where I'm stumped--what will their parents tell them when they ask why Santa comes on the day Christians celebrate the birth of Christ, and why the Easter Bunny comes on the day that Christians celebrate the resurrection? I mean, if there's no connection, then why doesn't Santa come on New Year's Eve, or Hannukah, or some other random day that's not December 25th? And why doesn't the Easter Bunny come on a different day as well?
I haven't stopped wondering about that all weekend...