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When did Easter become the new Christmas?

Note: I wrote this blog last Easter but it started an interesting conversation so I thought I would post it again, so here it is……..

I admit it, I have found myself falling into the trap of overdoing it at Easter. Let me backtrack by beginning with saying how I have always loved Easter. An admitted chocoholic, it has long been my favorite holiday as chocolate is the main event and better yet, you are sanctioned to eat it at 7 am – what could be better? Even as a young adult in my twenties, pre-children, my husband suffered through coloring Easter eggs with me and having a private Easter egg hunt, complete with baskets. Also, you need to know I come from a long line of Easter overdoers, as I can remember Easters with my grandmother where there would be nearly as many gifts wrapped and hidden as on Christmas morning. I may even recall a bike being hidden in the bushes one Easter, if my memory serves me correctly.

I started slowly with Easter once our kids arrived on the scene – we would color hard boiled eggs a few days before and hide them, and throw maybe a few jellybeans and a couple Hershey kisses in a small basket and call it a day. As our brood grew and our kids got older, I found myself packing the baskets to overflowing, getting each child a separate “big present” that would be hidden on the lawn – Polly Pockets, Little Pet Shop kits, Lego’s and the like. I find myself creeping toward bikes in the bushes. It has to stop. And stop it will this year.

I know I am not alone. The newspaper circulars for major stores indeed promote Easter as a huge gift-giving occasion. Since when did Barbies, princess costumes, and Nerf toys become typical Easter gifts? Isn’t Easter about spending time together as a family? I won’t even get into the fact that most children don’t even know the religious relevance of Easter and instead see the Easter bunny as the originator of the holiday (sadly, probably including my children – good dinner conversation for tonight).  

This Easter, I resolve to keep my Easter to a minimum, and focus on spending the day with  my family, choosing a fun activity we can do together – take a walk, go for a bike ride, even play a board game. I resolve to stick to coloring eggs and one modest basket per child. I will not break down. Wish me luck!

How does your family celebrate Easter?

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