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I'm I the only one that doesn't do Easter baskets. Anything they get are from daycare or family. Easter has turned into another holiday where it is all about gifts and candy... We do go do our family Easter gathering and do Easter egg hunt and get what ever is given to them. Or if my mom want to do Easter with the boys then I will let her.
We just don't do Easter basket and make it like the Easter bunny has came over night.
I'm kinda with ya there on the whole "whole day about candy and hyper children who won't nap" angle. However, this year I'm feeling twice as motivated to give the kids the fun traditions I had growing up. I colored eggs with Miles on Friday and we had a blast!
I also do not do the whole "Easter bunny" thing. As far as they are concerned, there IS no Easter bunny so one less lie I have to explain to them once they hit grade school. We had discussed before we ever had kids that we were not going to lie to our kids about fictional fantasies like the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, etc. We hated being lied to by our parents when we were kids and we want the boys to know they can fully trust us from the get-go. A foundation of trust is what we are building even from the moment they were born and so far they are just as excited about holidays as any other kid.
Don't get me wrong they still get presents like crazy and I still decorate the house according to the season, we just leave out any mythology and whatnot.
Last month I started getting Miles excited for Easter by telling him, "Easter is about candy and FUN!" I figure he's a great kid 364 days of the year - I'm all right letting him have one day out of the year where we stray from the norm and let him consume his body weight in chocolate bunnies.
I got her a very simple fairy basket that has paint clay butterflies, modeling clay and shape cutters, sidewalk chalk, coloring puzzle and a few small treats. We are very candy/cavity conscious here so treats are very limited. She loves it, and it's a tradition in our family as well as the egg hunt that contained very little candy and lots of prizes and toys.
We do baskets, but very little candy. This year, both boys' baskets are stuffed mostly with things that will be distractions for the kids while we fly in a couple of weeks. Liam got a sketch pad, pencils, markers, pencil sharpener, etc. Emerson got some snacks, a snack cup, etc. I spent less than $20 total. We don't go huge for Easter baskets.
We do baskets and the Easter Bunny, colour eggs. Pretty much the same traditions I grew up with. I give him toys as well as chocolate. Not that I think chocolate is evil, it's just he doesn't ever really ask for much and always end up with stuff until next year. Aidan had a blast with the egg hunt. The basket was secondary on his excitement meter.
We did a large Basket full of toys and Treats. So far he has had 4 pieces of chocolate, 3 peeps, and a small piece off of his Bunny. I have it up on the fridge, so it is pretty much "out of sight out of mind" He has been more excited about the Transformer Toys he got, and has been playing nonstop with them, making up scenarios and imaginary play with them, so to me it is worth it, as he understand the candy is a treat, and can only have a few pieces each day, as long as he is good. Bad Behavior = No candy. And his imagination is being stimulated to think of new things to do with his "Rescue Bot." (He was fighting forest fires last night before bed, "Just like daddy is") But He is an only child, and we do have a tendency to spoil him quite a bit, as we really aren't sure right now if we are gonna have more kids in the future.