Another Easter holiday is upon us and in our household that means another lecture on keeping mum about just who the heck hides those eggs. Thats right: my kids don't believe in the Easter Bunny (while we're at it, they also don't believe in Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy either, but thats another discussion for another day). Of course if you asked my children they'd all tell you wonderful stories about the Easter Bunny and how he comes and hides all the eggs for them to find together. Then they'll snicker behind their hands. They know the difference, but they also know just about all their friends believe he is real and are never to spoil that for them. It is not our place to choose where another family places their beliefs. I was speaking to our mortgage broker/new best friend today and she was telling me her son had asked for a skate board for Easter, then changed his mind and said, "I hope the Easter Bunny doesn't bring me that skateboard, I want an ipod now." Excuse me? First of all, asking for Easter gifts? Is this Christmas, have I missed something? Don't get me wrong, I do get my kids a few small things I know they'll enjoy - they usually come in the form of necessary spring and summer apparel like bathing suits and flip flops. Maybe a small toy. Maybe. But an ipod? Geez, even I don't have one of those! Its just one more way this generation is not seeing how you get nothing without working for it. Its easy for them to believe they should receive an expensive item from a mythical figure - they don't have to associate them with actually buying it. But I work hard for my money and I am proud to be able to say my children understand that they have what they have because of it. There is also a religious aspect to Easter that is so often forgotten. How this holiday became about chocolate and eggs I have no idea, but its disappointing to say the least. I grew up going to church in brand new pressed easter dresses, complete with hats and gloves. We had some treats hidden around the house in the morning when we got up but it was hardly the entire point of the day. Now I see how commercial this holiday has gotten, like so many others before it, and it frustrates me. It has become a competition on Easter Sunday when all the kids go out to play: who got the shiniest bike, the best skateboard, the tallest basketball net. Of course we give our children bikes and outdoor play equipment as well, just not in the guise of a gift from the elusive Easter Bunny. We provide for our family, our kids need to see that and learn from example. We put a lot of emphasis on family, having a big dinner together - which usually includes extended family and friends. Its a fun day for us, a day we read the story of how Easter began and spend the day looking forward to Spring with our loved ones. A fresh start, the beginning of a new season and new adventures to come.
Besides, who the heck ever heard of a BUNNY laying EGGS??!!
Thats just silly.