Why I Won’t Tell My Son About The Easter Bunny.
I was so excited to figure out plans for Ezra’s first Easter! I want all his holidays to be important and memorable. Obviously, at ten months old, he won’t remember all these festivities, but that’s why we have cameras! Besides, he still has a great time in the moment!
My Dad lives in the country, which I love because it’s a great getaway for Ezra & I. Also, when holidays come around, their events tend to be more spectacular in my opinion. Who doesn’t love clear air and big (usually free) events?
So Friday we headed out to his place. The Easter Family Fun Day wasn’t until the next morning, so we just had some down time and dyed some Easter eggs. I wanted to put the hard boiled eggs in a whisk for Ezra to help dip, but I forgot it… So Ezra just had to watch. It was nice to feel like a kid again. We mostly took it easy because Bubble was getting over an ear infection and upper respiratory infection. I wanted him to get as much rest as he could.
Later on, we winded down with some books and Ezra fell asleep in quite an interesting manner..
My Dad is always up first. Then I groggily followed (I felt a sickness coming on). I always enjoy that part of the day I’m awake before Bubble, because I don’t feel on edge and can enjoy myself. I love waking him up and seeing his first smile of the day, but he needed his rest before the big day. Bubble woke up and had a surprise on the table!
My Easter Beliefs
Alright, so I didn’t want Ezra to have two Easter baskets, it just sort of happened because of the size of the items I gave him. I obviously didn’t put any candy in there. I really hope I stick to that, because I don’t want holidays to be an excuse for overload on candy. There isn’t really a logical reason to me. Also, I absolutely despise the freaking Easter bunny costumes. I will never have Bubble’s picture taken with him, unless he is older and begs me to. I’m not going to tell my son that the “Easter bunny” brought him a basket because I think that is just silly, and doesn’t relate to the holiday at all. Growing up, I had no idea Easter was religious at all, I just thought of bunnies and baskets. I know it’s all in how you raise your kid, but I just don’t want to deal with an Easter Bunny mess.
Before you think I’m the mom who won’t “lie to her kid”, I am okay with and will tell Ezra about Santa Claus. However, I will explain he is the spirit of Christmas, rather than an actual person. I’m not trying to take fun out of holidays for my son, but I just think fun shouldn’t mean the child not knowing what the holiday is really about, and celebrating it in the wrong ways.
Also, I am “slightly” religious. My dad was raised very catholic, and switched over to Christianity. He has so much knowledge that he is passing onto Ezra and myself that I am so grateful for. I believe in higher power and afterlife. We didn’t make it to a service that weekend because of illness, but I wish we could have. While we were at my Dad’s, he told Ezra the meaning of Easter and why it is important. Ezra loves to listen to anything his Grandpa tells him. He doesn’t understand the story of course now, but it’s a good tradition to get into.
So when we went to this Easter Fun Day, there was a giant Easter Bunny there who I desperately avoided the whole time. I told my Dad if he tried to come talk to Ezra, I might have punched him in the face. (Just kidding because that’s bad parenting, hahaha….. But I might have). We went to have some free pancakes and sausage first. Of course, I let Ezra try some (he wasn’t really digging it). I really wanted him to participate in the egg hunt, but I didn’t want other parents thinking I was cheating with me holding him because he can’t walk. So after breakfast, we just headed for the petting zoo.
Ezra LOVES animals, pretty much any animal. So far. I’m not going to experiment and try to terrify him with spiders and such. The donkey was his favorite. I’m not really sure why. But look at that mesmerized face! They also had chickens, a horse, a rabbit. These two were his favorite though. After the petting zoo, we stood in line for the horse drawn carriage ride. I got a video of that, but no pictures, sorry.
I think Ezra was more mesmerized by the decorations in the carriage than the horse pulling it, hahahaha. We also gave face painting a go, but that didn’t last very long. I think if he wasn’t sick it would have worked. She tried to paint on his forehead so there would be less chance of Ezra grabbing the paintbrush.
She got the egg shape, and after that, he started getting upset, so no more face paint! My child will just have a random green circle on his forehead! Hey, whatever floats this kids boat.
I’d say we had a pretty fun and successful Easter. Bubble totally had fun and got to see some new and exciting things.
What are you Easter beliefs? What did your family do?