When I was a child, my parents were careful about limiting secular influences. Anything that could be associated with paganism or the occult was strictly forbidden. There were a lot of things that I didn't do and see as a child. This also carried over into the holidays, which meant that my family didn't celebrate Easter. Instead, we observed Passover (based on Jesus' instructions to the disciples).
While the Christians around us celebrated Easter, only the "heathens" had egg hunts and the Easter Bunny. If you had asked me, I would have given you a long speech about the roots of each symbol, which were viewed as part of a master plan to eliminate the Christian aspect of the holiday.
When I started dating, DH, I knew that his family participated in what I "knew" to be pagan and secular. But I never anticipated the conflicts that would arise when DH and I had children of our own. I guess I thought that I would miraculously bring DH and his family around to my way of thinking. Any guess on how well that's going?
Needless to say, those traditions in DH's family continue even now, with the cousins now bringing their kids to the old homeplace for eggs hunts.
While we didn't attend the family Easter dinner/egg hunt this year, we have done so every year in the past. Barring unforeseen circumstances, we will attend next year. At some point between now and next year, I have to determine what exactly I tell my son about the holiday.
Right now, BB knows the story of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. He knows that there are Easter eggs and egg hunts, although he's never asked why he doesn't do so. The first few years I kept him inside during the egg hunt so he didn't know what he was missing. Next year I won't be able to get away with that. So how do you explain why you don't do something without demonizing those that do?
I know that I'm not going to give BB the same speech about Druids and fertility rites that I heard as a child. Given my penchant for making my faith a solely intellectual religion, I know better to engage on a complete sweep of all that is secular. To do so would ultimately create within me a sense of self-righteous pride and my reasons for not doing things would become my religion.
There are those who acknowledge the pagan roots of egg hunts and still carry them out as a sign that the pagan roots have been redeemed. In a way I do agree with this line of reasoning, but that seems too easy to me. Even if you do use the "eggs represent the new life we have in Christ" argument, why hide the eggs and fill them with prizes? Doesn't the candy then become the focus of the holiday?