Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter! To believe, or not to believe?

This morning, I was told by my daughter that my eldest no longer believes in The Easter Bunny or Santa Claus. Alright, he is 13, but still... I don't ever recall telling anyone I stopped believing.  Plus, I was pretty certain that if those words ever left my lips, I would never see another white chocolate bunny or caramel egg again in my life! 

It's hard having a 13 year old, a 10 year old, and an almost 4 year old. We don't make big deals out of The Easter Bunny or Santa Claus, because we go to church and have strong faith, but at the same time, I want to make sure our kids have a fun tradition to hold onto. Yes, they get easter baskets with chocolate and marshmallow peeps, and a Christmas tree that looks like Santa's sleigh exploded, but it doesn't compare in any way to the elaborate baskets, or abundance of Santa gifts my friends on social media share! Some of the pictures I see make me cringe.. it's like a mini Christmas.

As a mom, I often wonder if they are satisfied with their baskets.. Some years it's bigger than others, for no reason except I had more time to shop, or they were really good, or, well, I got an amazing deal. This year, I've been really emotional, and really missing my mom. I kinda forgot about Easter a little. I thought I had more time- ! Between going through whatever emotional crap I am going through, and fighting off an ear infection from hell, Easter snuck up on me like nobody's business. All three of them got new outfits to use for pics & the day, but that was all I had really planned.

Last night, the hubster and I went out to a comedy club, and had a well overdue date night. On our way home, we realized all we had were three surprise eggs that I bought while I was away last month. Oops. All in all, I think the E.B. delivered a good little basket for them all.

I'll probably take my big guy out a little later this week and talk to him about not ruining the holiday for his siblings... I hope, as they get older, that they realize that we always did everything in our power to make it fun, memorable, and didn't take away from the miracle both holidays are by believing in traditional childhood beliefs.

So.. what do you think? Do your kids get simple baskets, or over the top baskets? Either way, I hope that you and yours had a very Happy Easter!



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