The bunny is back.
The last few weeks have ushered in enthusiastic discussions of the Easter Bunny, hidden eggs and coloring shells. (Which has somehow been interpreted as painting cracked eggshells with watercolors, but that is another story.)
For us, it's been a question of how much is too much. We don't want to over-temper enthusiasm, but the overcommercialization of this and just about every other holiday is a bit too much. Last year, I admit, we got off fairly easy. Small baskets held an Easter coloring book, few plastic eggs with goldfish crackers and M&Ms, and a small trinket.
Kindergarten, though, has ushered in new expectations. Some I don't quite understand, like the desire of our daughter to eat a hard-boiled egg for breakfast (she has never had one before). Thankfully, she hasn't discussed the potential for loot Easter morning.
Instead of emphasizing stuff, we're hoping to turn the focus on family and experiences. While I think they're too young to attend the intricate evening Holy Week services, we're trying in other ways. Making Hot Cross buns on Good Friday and Resurrection Rolls for Easter dinner. Dying Easter eggs for the first time, and if the weather holds (and as I write this, it's pretty tentative), going to an egg hunt and children's celebration at a local church. Not to mention a visit from Mama and Papa.
Hopefully what my children will remember about childhood Easters is the family time and the stuff we did, not the stuff they got.
How does your family mark the Easter season? Are you able to turn the attention from the idea of "stuff?" What will your "Easter Bunny" bring this season?