I see you in Target with the shopping cart filled with puzzles, stuffed bunnies and toys. I see that there is barely any candy in your cart and that basket that you picked out, while super cute is never going to hold that expensive haul of goodies. And I’m asking you to stop, Easter is not Christmas. Ignore the over achieving Mom down the street who is getting little Damien a new bike, ignore the blogs that are shouting 10 Great Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas! and for the love of all things ignore the ads that are filled with toys, Easter is not Christmas.
I totally get that you don’t want little Susie to have tons of candy. I get that in a world of make your own juice and kale is king that sugar is a big no-no. I get that it’s tough to ignore all those Pinteresting Easter ideas. It’s easy to let ourselves wander down I’m a Bad Mother Blvd when we think every kid in towns Easter will be bigger and better than our kids.
But let’s stop the insanity, let’s put the breaks on the bunny. Put back the toys and the games and for the love of all things spring put back anything that costs over $20. And instead do what my Mom did, buy your kids a candy that they only kinda like (I’m looking at you plain M &M’s) and a bag of candy that you like and call it a day. Let your kids eat chocolate for breakfast and then toss the stuff once Easter is over.
Let’s not make Easter in to a bigger event than it needs to be. Fight the good fight, we have enough on our plates between Santa, Elves, Leprechaun’s and the tooth fairy. Let’s take this whole holiday back to what is was, a basket and some candy.
Let’s take Easter back to what it used to be. Take back the bunny, Easter is not Christmas.