We have lost Christmas through the commercial interest . . . and I don't want to lose Easter. We crucified the given Christ on His birthday. Shall we now bury the living Lord beneath the rabbits, the eggs, satins, finery and thoughtlessness? We say no. We want to celebrate Easter in religion from now on.
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Source Notes: Quoted in Leigh Eric Schmidt, Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of American Holidays ("Raining on the Easter Parade") (1995). Lee was a Methodist clergyman in White Plains, N.Y. He and his congregation wrote a report bemoaning the commercialization of Easter.
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