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As Easter is approaching quicker than I would wanted to, I find myself again facing the same problem: how to cope with the holidays?
Strangely enough, living in the Holy Land it is not a dream come true for a Christian. I am lucky I am not very religious, otherwise I would've had a hard time coping with the non existent holiday spirit. But this year I face a challenge, as I have to find at least one chocolate bunny for my daughter.
In winter, during Christmas time one candy shop here in Ashdod had a large number of bunnies exposed on shelves, but I didn't think to stock on them, surely they would be found in the shop during Easter, wouldn't they? Well, time proved I was wrong as the bunnies misteriously dissapeared from the shop. I looked in every sweets shop or Russian owned super market I could think of...but no Easter bunnies, not even one. I don't know if this has something to do with the orthodox side of Eastern that is "celebrated" here. And I don't think Orthodox Christians have something to do with bunnies. Also, Easter is perceived as a more religious holiday, in contrast with Christmas, which is more...commercial. So, I have no idea what I am going to do...My daughter doesn't know anything about the turmoil that savages my soul during holidays. For her, Christmas is when Santa brings presents and Easter when the bunny brings us beautiful colored eggs. And that's it. At least for now. And she'll be really sad if there will be no bunnies for her this year. Maybe I'll buy a real one? That would solve the problem for a few years to come...Just kidding, I am not for bunnies kept as pets...Maybe I'll draw her one, or invent some kind of story...Pathetic, isn't it?
Where is the Easter bunny hidding? If you'll see the bugger, tell him there is a nice girl in Israel waiting for a few chocolate eggs and some hope for a better world to come...