My kids and I have been trekking through the end-caps filled with chocolate, plastic grass and trinkets since before Valentine’s day. Each week, we review that we are not buying any candy or anything else since it’s not Easter yet.
Have you noticed that Easter hasn’t happened yet? Easter is a holiday with a varying date based on the phases of the moon, so it can be as early as late March and as late as, well, late April, like it is this year.
Now that we’re only two weeks out, I’ve started to contemplate my role as the Easter bunny. Sissy’s already determined that the Tooth Fairy is ridiculous. I’m putting the Bunny in the same category. My kids are aware of the bunny, and I suppose he gets credit for the fun baskets and the egg hunt on Easter morning, but we don’t overdo it. The Easter Bunny doesn’t have the same authority as Santa, that’s for sure.
In looking for some history on the Easter Bunny, it appears that it’s been around since before Easter. Early Christians merged the pagan fertility festivals (in which the bunny played a huge role). Somewhere along the line, the Bunny got charged with delivering eggs. German children came up with the idea of building nests, and then eggs got dropped in there on Easter Eve.
American consumerism got hold of the idea, and the Easter machine was born. Candy, baskets, plastic grass, greeting cards, finger tip towels, egg plates, and every type of imaginable basket is now for sale by every major box store in the country.
Do you remember ever believing in the Easter bunny? I mean, Santa is a magical human, at least. But the Bunny? Any “bunny helpers” are clearly humans in a bunny suit. Real bunnies couldn’t possibly hold baskets, and why are they delivering eggs, candy, and toys, anyway? While I’m asking questions, how does the Easter Bunny get into houses? Now that I think about it, it’s more of stretch than Santa and the Tooth Fairy put together.
Do you play the Easter Bunny at your house? Do your kids ask questions? How old were they when they figured out there’s no way this could be for real?