Easter brought a few surprises. Easter always seems to bring surprises.
And no wonder. Easter is a holiday predicated on surprise.
For believers, the Resurrection instills Christians with the biggest surprise of all. Many rejoice at the surprise of an empty tomb and promise of everlasting life.
Another Easter surprise is that the holiday grew from pagan roots.
Ancient Saxons in Northern Europe honored goddess Oestre at the time of the spring equinox, honoring sunrise, springtime, fertility and, essentially, the renewal of life.