Apr 4, 2010

Remember that ONE Easter....

This morning I wasn't awaken by fighting over peeps, arguments over nasty flavored jelly beans....

I wasn't bothered with "Can I eat my chocolate bunny before church?"

I didn't have to listen to whining because I would have said "NO!" "You will get chocolate on your brand new Easter dress."

I didn't have to get on to the kids for playing with the toys in the easter basket instead of getting ready for church.


Well, we didn't rush out and buy brand new frilly dresses this year for one.
The 12 or so in the closet? They are perfectly fine.

There were no fights over candy in the easter baskets because...
Well, there are no baskets.
That's right.
I sat the kids down yesterday and told them that there was NO bunny hopping around outside with easter baskets in hand.

They looked at me and said "Is it a man dressed up as a bunny?"
uhh, although that is pretty creepy....NO!
There is NO SUCH THING, I told them.
Of course, I could sense a teeny bit of disappointment but it would soon fade.

*actually, I think I was disappointed more than they were....not because he was FAKE but because I had to tell them. 
Ugh! Parenting is not fun sometimes . . .

My kids know the real meaning of Easter.
If you ask them they will tell you that Jesus died on the cross, was tossed into the cave (tomb) on Friday and rose again on Easter Sunday. 
They will also tell you that he lives forever and EVER....amen!

See, they know.
We no longer have to keep the charade going.

Easter is not about bunnies and eggs....
chocolate or frilly dresses....
It's not even about peeps. (sigh)
It's about him.

Of course, I would never deprive myself err I mean my kids of a chocolate bunny or 12.
We will munch on a bunny if I decide to buy one.
Heck, we will even hunt a few eggs. (as we did)

egg hunt3

JESUS will be the one thanked and not some fluffy oversized rabbit with huge feet.

Don't worry...
I also told the kids to keep this (Easter Bunny not being real) to themselves.
I would never want them to rain on their friend's parade...
That's a job best suited for a PARENT!

psst...This is the very first Easter in a VERY LONG TIME that we are not in church.
*Sick kiddo and hubby is working*

I feel odd.
I feel... just like... I am supposed to be doing something MAJORLY MAJOR (wink)  but I overslept or something.
Imagine that!

Happy Easter, Y'all!


P to the S: Much to my surprise, they didn't even ask about the toothfairy or Santa.
hmmm....maybe they were scared to ask.
Ya know, kind of like.....Don't ask Don't tell---- (plug the ears) BLAHHHH WE CAN"T HEAR YOU
we still get the goodies!!

That time is coming though....
Baby steps


Liz Mays on April 4, 2010 at 12:53 PM said...

Happy Easter, Linda!!! He is risen! Blessed are we. :)

Polka Dot Moon on April 4, 2010 at 2:50 PM said...

Easter Blessing to you and your family Linda!!

Jenny on April 4, 2010 at 7:26 PM said...

Happy Easter! :D

Brianne on April 4, 2010 at 7:27 PM said...

Happy Easter! You're SO right. Now I feel all guilty...sigh. lol

BNM on April 4, 2010 at 8:52 PM said...

I know I felt kinda bad when my 2 year old said Oh thank you thank you Easter bunny... i wanted to tell him to thank Jesus.. and I did, but hes still too young.
Im glad your kids took the news well and were able to see the true meaning!! :)

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Crafts And Activities For Kids on April 5, 2010 at 8:45 PM said...

Beautiful! Sounds like you had a lovely Easter!

Pres. Kathy on April 6, 2010 at 11:14 AM said...

What beautiful pictures! Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

Kelly on April 6, 2010 at 2:49 PM said...

That's so awesome. We never started the Easter bunny.

Amanda on April 7, 2010 at 8:51 AM said...

I thought we had ruined the bunny when we explained the REAL meaning of Easter to our oldest and how the bunny and chocolate was the commercialization of Easter so stores could make money. Then we did baskets, and he showed me everything that was in it as if the bunny really brought it. Selective memory I guess.

Kerrie on April 8, 2010 at 6:07 PM said...

Oh my goodness, so glad Twitter brought me to your blog! :)
We made the same decision to do away with the Easter Bunny (and Santa Claus) because we wanted the focus to be on Jesus and ONLY Jesus but most of our friends & family reacted as though we were serial killers...
What a nice little affirmation that we're not alone, I totally heart you! :-D


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