EASTER IS ONE of the most important Christian holidays. It marks the resurrection from the grave of Jesus Christ, according to the Gospels of the Bible.

But as with many holidays, the exact origins of some of the traditions we associate with Easter and still practice today are difficult to decipher.

Since ancient times, eggs and rabbits have represented new life and been associated with spring festivals.

Easter may have actually originated before the birth of Christ, derived from a pagan festival called Eastre and named for a pagan goddess associated with spring. Others dispute that belief and say the word Easter is derived from a German word meaning "dawn" - as in the "dawn of a new season."

I combined both eggs and bunnies for you to make for your Easter celebrations this year using instructions I found at spoonful.com.

Supplies you will need

* Plastic-foam egg

* Pom-poms in white and pink in various sizes

* 1 white chenille stem and 1 pink "bump" stem

* 2 wiggle eyes

* Thin floral wire

* Scissors

* White tacky glue

* Cardboard tube

* Pastel-colored fabric or ribbon

* Small silk flower (optional)

How to make it

Cut a circle from a cardboard tube for a holder for the egg. Glue a scrap of pastel-colored fabric or ribbon to the circle.

Glue a half-inch white pom-pom to the back of the egg for a tail. Glue two slightly smaller white pom-poms to the front for feet.

For ears, ask an adult to cut two bumps from a "bump stem." Cut the white stem large enough to wrap around each bump. Twist the stems together at the bottom to secure, and insert and glue into the top of the egg for ears.

Glue on wiggle eyes and a small pink pom-pom for a nose.

Glue two small pom-poms to the front of the egg for arms and glue the flower between them.

Ask an adult to cut the floral wire into six 1