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The Easter Basket Dilema

So over the last few days my son has been talking about the Easter Bunny.  He keeps talking about what the Easter Bunny is gonna bring him.  I am not talking just a basket full of candy, and eggs.  He is expecting the Easter Bunny to bring him an $85 Lego set.  I have no idea where he got the idea that the bunny is the equivalent to Santa.

I keep telling him that the Easter Bunny doesn’t bring stuff like Santa does.  I told him that it doesn’t work that way, that the Easter Bunny brings you treats and eggs.

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His response was, “well he brought me a bike a few years ago.”  Which I responded with, “yes, and all you got last year was a basket full of candy and eggs.”  I will tell you the Easter Bunny and I had a long talk about the bike thing.

So my question is, are we setting ourselves up for our kids to expect things like this?  Do we allow the Easter Bunny to visit?  Do we talk with the Easter Bunny and ask him to keep the baskets small?  Do we ask the Easter Bunny to try not to bring other kids huge gifts for Easter?

I consistently go back to the movie Hop and tell him that they don’t have toys in the Easter factory do they.  All they have is candy and some cranky chickens.

I don’t know what the answer is?

I do know that I teach my son that it is OK to enjoy the Easter Bunny and hunting Easter eggs.  However, I also teach my son that Easter isn’t about the Easter Bunny and eggs.  It is about the resurrection of Jesus.  That is why we celebrate Easter, we celebrate Easter because of Jesus, not because of the bunny.

How do you handle the Easter Bunny in your home?

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