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Tomorrow is Bunny Day

Easter is approaching — the time where we tell our young children that a large mutant bunny is going to sneak into our home in the middle of the night and leave them chocolates and dollar store toys….

I understand the original meaning for the Easter holiday… but I cannot grasp the reason why this scenario has been the one people chose to go with when trying to come up with a “fun” and “magical” story to tell their kids before the day came.

Then, I started to think about the way I have been explaining Easter to my children and I realized… I’ve never told them the Easter bunny would be coming. They found that out… all on their own. From friends at school, television, YouTube or something. So now, the story isn’t just passed down from parents to child — it’s distributed to individuals everywhere without tradition being a part of the equation at all.

I’m rambling. Apologies.

When I was young, I hated Easter. I would always have to wear a huge obnoxious dress and large floppy hat. I had to go to the home of relatives I hardly ever saw and who couldn’t remember my name. We were required to be on our “best behavior” because the homes we would visit were not proofed for children to play in. The only thing I liked about that day was the massive amounts of sweets.

My father had four siblings, those four siblings all had children and my father had three. So, the family made sure to get enough candy, marshmallows, eggs, and jellybeans to accommodate us all. (and half of the neighborhood)

From the moment we arrived at our destination — my brothers and I would immediately begin looking for the sugary snacks! However, we knew to avoid the ‘easily found items’ that were meant for the toddlers.

Sometimes I wonder if my children have the same aversion to Easter as I did at their age. It doesn’t seem that way but at the same time, I don’t think my parents knew how much I disliked the holiday festivities at the time. Probably because I was too busy filling my mouth with candy to say anything about it.

What about you? What did or does your family do for the Easter holiday?

🧡Shine Bright, Kayla

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