This past Easter Cayden was remember how last year when they were at the Shingleton’s that the Easter Bunny showed up and brought them lots of candy that they got to to open before they went to church. I then jokingly told him that I think the Easter bunny only goes to TN! I thought it was funny and he didn’t even seem to get my humor!
You see at the Ivey house we don’t make a big deal out of these things. We never talk about the Easter Bunny coming to fill up their easter baskets or Santa coming to leave toys. We just never have made these issues an issue in our house. We are for sure not against doing these fun things with your kids, nor do we think they are wrong, we just choose not to do them.
I think initially we just didn’t want to do all the things that you are “supposed” to do with your kids that costs a lot of extra money. This past year was the first year we did Halloween! Maybe we didn’t have the money, or maybe we viewed the extra expenses foolish compared to things we had seen around the world. I think that as our kids grew we then decided that this was how we wanted to do things. We are always feeling a little bit different than the norm and this is just another way we seem to go against the flow.
It just seems un-American to not do Santa …. or the Easter bunny …. or eat steak!! For me, I think one of the major reasons that I chose not to do the Easter Bunny or Santa is because I want my children at a young age to not get confused as to what these holiday’s are about and to not confuse our celebration of Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection with gifts, eggs and baskets full of toys. I definitely know that you can do both, we just chose not to.
I do not think any different of anyone that gets their kids Easter baskets or leaves cookies and milk for Santa. Just know that my kids may not see what the big deal is about either one of these if your kids is talking to them about it!!!!