St. Peter tells them that they can enter the gates if they can answer one simple question.
St. Peter asks the first fool, "What is Easter?"
He replies, "Oh, that's easy! It's the holiday in November when everyone gets together, eats turkey, and are thankful..."
"Wrong!," replies St. Peter, and proceeds to ask the second fool the same question."What is Easter?"
The second one replies, "Easter is the holiday in December when we put up a nice tree,exchange presents, and celebrate the birth of Jesus."
St. Peter looks at the second fool, shakes his head in disgust, tells him he's wrong, and then peers over his glasses at the third fool and asks, "What is Easter?"
The third fool smiles confidently and looks St. Peter in the eyes.
"I know what Easter is."
"Oh?" says St. Peter, incredulously.
"Easter is the Christian holiday that coincides with the Jewish celebration of Passover. Jesus and his disciples were eating at the last supper and Jesus was later deceived and turned over to the Romans by one of his disciples.
The Romans took him to be crucified and he was stabbed in the side, made to wear a crown of thorns, and was hung on a cross with nails through his hands.
He was buried in a nearby cave which was sealed off by a large boulder."
St. Peter smiles broadly with delight.
Then he continues, "Every year the boulder is moved aside so that Jesus can come out...and, if he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter.
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