The countdown until Easter has been daily noted by my first-grader. Talks of the reality of the Easter Bunny have been rampant. (I suspect this is her testing me to see if I believe it's "real.") And the excitement of egg hunts at day care have carried the kids through the week.
But at home, we've really worked to simplify our Easter celebration. It's not a condemnation of the secularization of the holiday or of the bright pink Peeps, as much as we're keeping our celebrations scaled to size.
Novel idea, I know. But rather than torture ourselves with bags of chocolates that will only result with tummy troubles and overly hyper children, we've downsized our Easter giving in recent years.
Yes, we do plastic eggs, but they were mostly bought second-hand, and they are stored year to year. I balance that with the fact we don't dye hard-boiled eggs that no one will eat. Rather than scores of candy, we slip inside Annie's bunny-shaped crackers and jelly beans.
We've eschewed stuffed bunnies and chicks that would otherwise be ignored, instead finding fun, niche items that they might enjoy. Last year's baskets have become our "harvest baskets" for the garden; this year the Easter Bunny is bringing watering cans packed with a flower ring (for my daughter) and a gardening tool set (for my son.)
Sure, we still enjoy treats. They'll get a scaled-down chocolate bunny (they do sell those!), jelly beans and a few small chocolates. And it will be packaged with "character" toothpaste - for them, a treat.
At the end of the day, the kids won't remember how much candy or treats they did or didn't get; they'll just remember their excitement of Easter morning and a day with mom and dad.
How do you mark your Easter celebrations? Have you simplified them in recent years?