I had to think about it for a few minutes, but decided I'm OK with it too. Along with the jelly beans, we've put prayer books, rosaries, etc in Easter baskets. Haven't mixed religion with candy directly though.
Like the article said, a chocolate cross with Jesus on it or a molded Jesus would be a bit much, but I see more good in this that harm. The reason for the season and all that.
Saw this in the Enquirer...
Easter baskets carry message with the sweets
By Joy Kraft / Enquirer staff writer
Move over Peter Cottontail. You have company on the Bunny Trail.
Jesus and the cast of the upcoming religious holiday are front and center in Easter baskets from 11th Hour Gift Service of Loveland, alongside chocolate bunnies, chirping chicks and cream-filled eggs.
"We thought people would like baskets with a more spiritual focus, with less candy and more age-appropriate family activities," says Jackie Rapose, co-owner with Anita Grolmes.
But that doesn't mean sweets have been banished.
There are Scripture Smarties, Lamb of God gummies and foil-covered chocolate crosses as sidelights to family-friendly fare that includes bottled bubbles, sticker and activity books, videos, finger paints, stamp art and books about Jesus and the Bible.
The baskets, which can be custom made, start at about $20 for an activity basket with a cuddly Easter duck, an egg filled with stickers, stamps, finger paints, Play-Doh and a craft book. Prices rise to $100 for the Catholic Home basket with a framed painting of Mary, stuffed animals, a video, books, a hand-blown crystal angel and candy.
The two basket creators started working with the Catholic Shop in Madeira but hope to market the baskets to other Christian stores as well.
"We'll tailor the contents to what folks want," says Rapose, "sticker books, Play-Doh, card games, coloring books."
The basket price includes delivery in the Greater Cincinnati area, and orders will be taken up to Friday. Information: (513) 235-6781 or the Catholic Shop, 7015 Miami Ave., Madeira.