What's in that Easter basket?

  • Updated: March 30, 2012 - 6:33 PM

If you could put anything, anything in the world, in an Easter basket, what would it be? We posed that question to several Twin Citians. The answers were "sweet."

A kite, water toy, bubbles solution, new flip flops or sandals, and candy with Xylitol, which can help fight cavities (available at www.xylitolusa.com or www.drjohns.com).

Dr. Bobbi Augustyn at Camp Smile Pediatric Dentistry in Plymouth

Packets of seeds. John 12:24 talks about a kernel of wheat falling to the earth and dying, yet producing fruit, he said. "It helps to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ and allows our kids to go digging in the dirt, which they all love to do."

Pastor Chris Enstad at Elim Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale

A chocolate bunny made in our shop, foil-wrapped chocolate eggs, gummies from Sugar Sugar candy shop in Minneapolis, Marich Green Beans Natural Jelly Beans (available from Marich.com and some Whole Foods stores), Legos and Star Wars toys.

B.T. McElrath, of B.T. McElrath Chocolatier in Minneapolis

A handmade coupon book with credits for time to spend with a child, including "15 minutes of play time outside" or "Let's play your favorite board game." (For adults, a copy of "No: Why Kids -- of All Ages -- Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It" by Dr. David Walsh.)

Neil Eerdmans, Oxbow Creek Elementary in Champlin and a semifinalist for Minnesota teacher of the year

Green grass (symbolizes the Garden of Gethsemane), chocolate bunny (Jesus), sour worms (Judas' betrayal), Peeps (the disciples), Bitter chocolate (the crucifixion), rock or marble (stone rolled away from the tomb), paper airplane (ascension into heaven), and red hots (Holy Spirit).

Donna Rizner, Sunday school and confirmation teacher, Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove

JOHN EWOLDT

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