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Following the example set by the question-and-answer columns in the early Journals, when Mary Baker Eddy was Editor, this column will respond to general queries from Journal readers with responses from Journal readers. You’ll find information at the end of the column about how to submit questions. Readers are also encouraged to go to Chapter III of Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, by Mary Baker Eddy — “Questions and Answers.”

As children, we used to hunt for Easter baskets. Is it wrong to do this?

From the April 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Q: In the Church Manual, in Article XVII, Sect. 2, “Easter Observances,” it says, “In the United States there shall be no special observances, festivities, nor gifts at the Easter season by members of The Mother Church.”

As children, my sisters and I had a good time hunting for Easter baskets that our parents hid. I’ve sometimes wondered if this is considered wrong. —A READER IN FLORIDA, US

A: Based on the message in the whole By-Law I don’t think this refers to children receiving Easter candy or baskets. When I saw that this is in a section of the Manual titled “Church Services,” my curiosity was roused, so I wrote to the Research Department at The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity and asked for more information about this By-Law. Here is what they shared:  

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