A friend of mine asked today for my opinion on why there is always more attention on Christmas than Easter. Here is what I told her.
I think people focus on Christmas more because of all the gifts and all the marketing. There's less marketing for Easter because you can buy chocolate bunnies anytime of year, but Christmas involves songs and horse drawn carriage rides and lights on houses and trees all aglow. Christmas is a season; Easter is a day. I would think that has a lot to do with it. Easter has been secularized, as has Christmas, but when you can get gameboys, bicycles AND candy or you can get a basket of plastic eggs filled with jelly beans, which are you going to put more emphasis on?
If people really knew what was important (the gift of eternal life rather than the gifts that come in boxes covered with curly ribbons), they would see the priority of Easter. What Christ did at Easter is essential to the Christian faith. Without it, He's just a baby boy born in a barn, laying in a feed trough.