Why the easter bunny doesn't visit my kids

WHY THE EASTER BUNNY DOESN’T VISIT MY KIDS

With Easter quickly approaching, we have been receiving numerous invitations to attend different Easter Egg hunts. I have also been receiving messages asking what I am putting in my kids Easter baskets. Our family does not participate in Halloween, and my children know that Santa is just a character. Yes, at the ages of 2 and 4. And the Easter Bunny doesn’t visit my kids either.

Origins of the Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny came to America back in the 1700s along with a group of German immigrants. Their tradition included an egg-laying rabbit called in “Osterhase”, now known as the Easter bunny. Instead of setting out baskets, children would make a “nest” for the rabbit to lay its eggs. Some children have even been known to leave a carrot or two out so that the mythical creature can have something to snack on. The tradition has evolved to include candy and other gifts in modern society. So much candy is bought that in 2016, Easter candy sales even beat out Halloween!

So what’s the deal with the eggs?

The tradition of decorating eggs can be dated back to as early as the 13th century. It began as a sign to mark the end of the fasting period of Lent, since eggs were forbidden during that time. Families would spend their entire Saturday decorating eggs with bright colors as a celebration, and would eat them on Sunday morning. Modern day Christian’s have said that the eggs are a symbol of Jesus’ emergence from the tomb.

The True Purpose of Easter

The candy, the eggs, the mythical creature… they’re fun, sure, but what do they really have to do with anything?

Simply put, NOTHING.

If you try hard enough, and put in a fair amount of thought, I am sure that you could find Christian symbolism in almost any holiday. In my opinion, Easter doesn’t need any theatricals to make it any better.

Jesus died on the cross to save our souls. He rose from the dead as a symbol of the new birth we could have by believing in Him. HE DEFEATED DEATH. And a fictional character that defies nature will not reinforce this fact to my kids.

“Let them use their imagination”

Everyone I have this discussion with says the same things.

“Let them be kids” or “Let them use their imagination”.

My kids use their imaginations ALL day long. At any time of the day Ace could be a horse, a crocodile, or a tiger. You never know what you are going to get. Lana can regularly be found “teaching” her animals and babies, who are all very involved in the lessons. They don’t need a bunny to be able to express their creativity and imagine things.

“Do as I say, not as I do”

Another issue I find is that for the Easter bunny to visit, I have to lie to my kids. Morally, I don’t personally see it as fair to tell my kids that lying is bad, and then lie to them about this. Many will argue that “it’s all in good fun”, but at whose expense?

I don’t remember being super upset when I found out that the Easter Bunny wasn’t real, but I have seen others that think it is a tragedy. Honestly, we have no idea how our kids will react to finding out they’ve been lied to, so why take the chance?

The Easter Bunny Doesn’t Visit my Kids — and they’re okay with that!

This is the first year that the Easter Bunny won’t be visiting our home, but “he” (is it a he????) has in the past. That being said, Lana is the only one who is old enough to remember hunting eggs in the past. She brought it up to me recently, and I told her we won’t be doing that anymore.

“Why aren’t we hunting eggs, Mommy?”, she asked me.

“Because that isn’t what Easter is about,” I told her.

“Well, then what is it about?” she inquired.

This simple discussion opened up into an opportunity for me to teach her an invaluable truth; the foundation of our faith.

The Usborne Book of Bible Stories

I recently purchased “The Usborne Book of Bible Stories“, and it contains “The Easter Story”! (This book also comes with a nifty CD so that I can pop in the CD and the kids can “read” on their own whenever they want!) When the topic came up, I sent Lana to get her book, and we began reading. The story takes you through Palm Sunday; the Last Supper; Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane; His arrest, judgement, and crucifixion; and of course, His resurrection. The kids all thought the story was pretty cool, and at the end Lana asked me, “But where is the bunny? I thought there was a bunny…”

Exactly, my dear, exactly.

She was a little bummed, but ultimately, she understood that Easter is about so much more than egg hunts and candy.

You do you

In no way do I look down on anyone who chooses to participate in these traditions. Ultimately, as parents, we sometimes have to make choices that others won’t agree with. We have to do what we think is best for the upbringing of our children.

If you think that I am crazy, cool. If you think I am somehow damaging my kids, cool. The fact of the matter is that this choice was not made for you. It was not made with your opinion in mind. What matters is that my children understand the real reason for this holiday. And if that means that the Easter Bunny doesn’t visit my kids, then so be it.

 

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Ariel King is a Stay-At-Home mom to her three children, Lana, Ace, and Norah. Writing and researching are two of her biggest passions. People say that she is full of all kinds of useless knowledge, and it is even rumored she has a Google PhD. She is not a typical mainstream mom, imperfect in every way, but is on a mission to encourage and inspire other moms. Her belief is that no one should feel alone in the day to day of motherhood.

15 thoughts on “WHY THE EASTER BUNNY DOESN’T VISIT MY KIDS

  1. We are the same! We don’t celebrate Halloween and my kids know that Santa isn’t real. And we won’t have the Easter bunny visit our house. We do, however, do Easter egg hunts. Not at all saying I disagree with you, but its just a part of us doing what works best with udwithkids being 2&3 Easter Day wouldn’t be any different than any other day if I didn’t do something a little different, such as an Easter Egg hunt. I have explained to my 3 year old that Easter is a day that is special for us to remember that God gave us Jesus to be with us in our hearts.

    Next year, as my oldest is old enough to understand more I’ll explain the egg bringing life in the same way God sent us Jesus who is life. (I still need to work on some details)

    1. I’m definitely not knocking anyone’s choice to do Easter egg hunts, or anything else really. If that’s what works for you, then awesome!

      I try to involve the kids in decisions that effect them, so after we talked about what Easter is really about, we started talking about things we can do to celebrate!

      Lana wants to paint a picture of Jesus leaving the tomb, and Ace is still thinking about what he wants to do. 💞

  2. The husband and I grew up VERY catholic, but he grew up in Montana, while I’m Hispanic. Now, we are both non religious…. I don’t remember going egg hunting on Easter, ever! We went to church! And I don’t get the connection. But the husband loves the tradition, of dying the eggs and hunt. So they did that, but instead of candy, we put berries and earasers.

  3. This is the first year as a Momma on Easter and I didn’t do a basket. It was a tough decision because I grew up with a very extensively celebrated Easter. We were religious, so I really didn’t understand what it was about. I just knew I liked candy. But as I got older and learned about Jesus, I appreciated it more. So yesterday, instead of showering my child in gifts (which doesn’t make sense) or taking pictures with the creepy mall bunny, we sat and read God Gave Us Easter and enjoyed some tacos with friends.

    1. I love it! Yes! Our family was always big on the commercial aspect, but I don’t really remember us ever focusing on Jesus. Even at church. It was all about the Easter outfits and the lunch/hunt after service. I don’t want it to be that for my babies.

  4. I think we are hitting a point where we have gone so far away from what Easter is supposed to be that many people are stopping to reflect and re-focus. Good for you for sticking to your beliefs and not allowing the pressure to sway you either way.

    1. I COMPLETELY AGREE! Thank you. It has taken a lot for me to get to this point. In the past, I hated defending my position, but I just had to give myself a little gut check. The choice I made in no way harms my children, so there isn’t any reason why I should feel ashamed of it. Ya know?

  5. I love reading about your opinion and how you choose to teach your kids about Easter. So often not, holiday are focused on the gifts rather than the meaning behind hte holiday.

  6. This is a very great, informational post. We do Easter bunny here, but I can see the reasons behind not doing it. I love that you talk about the real meaning.

  7. Great post and perspective! We do the “Easter Bunny” thing, but I honestly think it’s more because we just always have so it’s something expected. It is interesting to read a new perspective from someone who does not. Many children now do not realize what Easter is really about and get caught up in the eggs and candy portion of it.

  8. Fantastic blog post! Thanks for being bold enough to be real and tell it as it is. What you wrote was very thought provoking. I agree that a lot of Easter traditions serve to distract people from the true meaning of Easter. I want my kids to have a deep understanding of the real Easter message. I will think hard about how best to do this.

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it! My whole childhood, I knew what Easter was about, but we didn’t seem to focus on it much. I have always felt a little bit convicted about doing the whole Easter bunny thing with my kids but it wasn’t until this past year that I really got to the point where I felt we needed to do away with it entirely. I pray that you are able to find a good solution for your family 💞

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