As Easter approaches, a majority of parents are rushing around trying to figure out what to put into their child’s Easter basket. I just don’t buy into the over-commercialization of Easter. Easter is more than baskets, bunnies, eggs, ducks, jelly beans, and candy.
I hope that I am not shunned as a Christian mom for not allowing my kids to have Easter Baskets even though we still celebrate Christmas. Don’t worry our family teaches our children about the real reason for the season and why we celebrate the holiday.
Even Christmas is over commercialized and teaches kids the wrong message that they should get gifts under the tree if they behave. Over the years, I have realized that this mentality just feeds on the generation of “give me everything that I want”. Sorry teenagers, but one day you will discover the mentality that I am talking about.
Anyhow, back to the reasons why I don’t buy Easter baskets for my children.
Growing up my parents always filled our baskets with fake grass, chocolate eggs, and an Easter Bunny. Today, parents are expected to fill their child’s basket with expensive goodies and a bunch of junk that they don’t need. The average family spent $150 dollars to fill their children’s Easter bunny.
Easter baskets typically end up being mostly candy or other junk food that they don’t need. While I am not opposed to them eating junk occasionally but they don’t need 15 pounds of candy. Candy is filled with empty calories and it isn’t healthy for them. I do give them a small amount of candy but I don’t put it in a basket or have the Easter Bunny to bring it.
I could fill an Easter basket inexpensively if I hit up the dollar store or Target’s dollar spot. However, it would end up being junk that ends up at the bottom of the closet or it will end up as endless clutter around the house.
As an allergy suffer, I realized that my kids had way too many stuffed animals. It didn’t dawn on me that having a ton of stuffed animals in the house or near my kids, was causing major health problems such as asthma and allergies. I ended up finding out after several doctor visits and breathing treatments that stuffed animals in their bedroom was a breeding ground for dust mites.
We were told to limit their collection to one or two of their favorite stuffed animals and get rid of the rest. So opt to skip purchasing those cute stuffed Easter bunnies. Don’t even get me started on the huge stuffed animals that have been making their appearance over the last year or two.
It seems like every time we turn around throughout the year there is another holiday or celebration to attend. We want to teach our kids that each holiday wasn’t created for the opportunity to ask for things they want. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t mind giving kids gifts we just don’t want them to expect it just because there is a holiday, like Easter. We want to teach them the real meaning of celebrating each holiday.
Each year we always plan a family celebration with our kids. We always go to church as a family and then have lunch together at home. Family time is important and I much rather teach my kids that family time is a perfect way to celebrate.
We also allow our children the opportunity when they are younger to attend an Easter egg hunt. In the past, our church has always hosted an Easter egg hunt for the kids and we have let them participate until they were too old. I don’t want to ruin all of their fun so I let them participate in certain activities such as the Easter egg hunt.
Just because Easter has been over commercialized doesn’t mean that you need to give into the pressure. Your kids might be upset that the Easter Bunny didn’t come to see them this year but they aren’t going to die if it doesn’t happen. You still can get your child 1 chocolate Easter bunny or a bag of their favorite Easter candy and give it to them on Easter Sunday.
The Easter Bunny doesn’t bring out kids an Easter basket and I don’t feel one bit guilty about skipping it. Easter is an important holiday that doesn’t involve the need to continue an old tradition. This old tradition is creating children who find an excuse to ask for everything they want without learning how to work for it.