How does the Easter Bunny bounce at your house?

I am wondering how you guys play Easter Bunny? What do you put in their baskets? What candy is a must? Do they like the Peeps? (They’re so cute but nobody really wants to eat them at our house! Check out this blog with creative Peeps.) Do you do the Cadbury eggs? What about jellybeans? How big are the chocolate bunnies you buy?

Do you hide actual hard boiled eggs around the house to hunt? We always did that as children, and I can remember my mom leaving them in the center of the kitchen table for days and we would all be EATING them! Can you imagine?

Michael put his foot down about hiding real eggs. He’s too afraid we’ll forget one and it will stink up the house. If it were up to him we wouldn’t even dye the eggs. He hates any process that is messy like that. (Don’t even get him started on the cellophane grass in the Easter baskets. Holy cow does he hate that stuff!)

We usually hide plastic eggs filled with candy. We have to hide the eggs in the basement though because otherwise the dog would eat them up.  I’ll hide the plastic eggs with the kids in the yard for weeks and weeks after Easter.

This year our Easter Bunny has been a little more affected by the economy. He usually leaves in their baskets of candy several small presents, like books, Barbie dolls and little cars. Last year Lilina even got a lawn mower that blew bubbles to push around the yard.

This year he has bought them some nice candy (like the cute Lindt chocolate carrots and little duckies) and Barbie dolls for the girls. But he’s still thinking of something cute for Walshie.

My mom was always awesome at choosing little Easter treats. I can remember several adorable charm bracelets when I was little with itty bitty bunnies and little duckies. She also always found pretty picture eggs with a scene inside.

So what does the Easter Bunny bring to your house? What are your traditions?

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Smoked Oyster

April 2nd, 2010
7:25 am

Explain to me how telling our children a giant bunny rabbit hid candy and eggs is the proper way to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ? Am I the only one that finds this beyond weird?

Annie

April 2nd, 2010
7:33 am

Smoked Oyster, I completely agree with you! The easter bunny is a new concept to me – it was never mentioned in my home country, and makes absolutely no sense to me what so ever.

Only as weird...

April 2nd, 2010
7:34 am

…as the bikini wax you mentioned yesterday…

OK, let's get this out of the way early...

April 2nd, 2010
7:36 am

“Like the origin of Easter, the origin of the Easter Bunny has roots that go back to pre-Christian, Anglo-Saxon history. The holiday was originally a pagan celebration that worshipped the goddess Eastre. She was the goddess of fertility and springtime and her earthly symbol was the rabbit.

Thus the pre-Christian Anglo-Saxons worshipped the rabbit believing it to be Eastre’s earthly incarnation.

When the Anglo-Saxons were converted to Christianity, the pagan holiday, which occurred around the same time as the Christian memorial of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, was combined with the Christian celebration and given the name Easter.

Originally, there were some very pagan practices that went along with the Easter celebration. Today, Easter is often commercialized, with all the focus on eggs, the Easter bunny, etc.

Because of this, many churches are starting to refer to it as Resurrection Day.

deidre_NC

April 2nd, 2010
7:39 am

right on smoked oyster…

Smoked Oyster

April 2nd, 2010
7:48 am

So the Christians practice Pagan rituals? Classic!

HB

April 2nd, 2010
7:49 am

Well, yeah...

April 2nd, 2010
7:50 am

..but, if you will note, it is not only Christians…as JJ will tell us when she chimes in…

BlondeHoney

April 2nd, 2010
7:53 am

We did the dyed & plastic eggs for our boys and a basket with a chocolate bunny and a few treats but that’s about it. Never even heard of toys until just now; I think that’s overkill myself

MomsRule

April 2nd, 2010
7:54 am

@Theresa, hah! Growing up we ate the hard boiled eggs unrefrigerated for days after as well. I wouldn’t even consider doing that now (gross!) but, hey, we all survived just fine! Good memories!

I don’t do baskets anymore or even any type of hunt because we are past that stage. I will get both boys a chocolate bunny though and probably some Peeps. At 10 and 14 they still enjoy watching the Peeps inflate in the microwave.

Looking back now, I think I may have gone overboard on their baskets when they were younger. I always hunted for neat “baskets”. Small wagons, neatly shaped or decorated tins that could be used for storage in their bedrooms, etc. I never selected the traditional looking basket. The “baskets” always contained some toys (Legos, cars, balls, markers, etc) in addition to the candy.

We hid plastic eggs filled with candies, coins, etc. The hunts were always great fun!

Interested Participant

April 2nd, 2010
7:54 am

I believe that the pagan holidays were combined with the Christian ones intentionally to try to smooth over the forced migration from paganism to Christianity. The “blended” holidays were supposed to smooth over the assimilation, if I am not mistaken.

BShepCarlin

April 2nd, 2010
7:54 am

I’m no history expert, but what I do know is that just about every Christian holiday has ties to a pagan holiday. It was done for many reasons, but one being that it made it easier to convert pagans to Christianity by using symbols and traditions they were familiar with.

On what Theresa is asking…we are doing small baskets this year also b/c of economy. Last year both boys got small toys and a DVD, but this year just candy and one very small toy. Really that is the way it should be.

And I don't think the word...

April 2nd, 2010
7:54 am

…”practice” describes this “ritual” – the commercial part of Easter is a part of the American culture, so participation is not necessarily seen as practicing a pagan ritual…

But...

April 2nd, 2010
7:56 am

…whatever blows your skirt up, bikini waxed Smoked oyster…

Alecia

April 2nd, 2010
8:00 am

This year there is a lot of candy out there that is made in China or Mexico. It’s horrible that Brach’s jelly beans are now made in Mexico as well as Starburst candy. Anyway, I will be filling the basket with some candy(US and German) and a few toys. I usually hide the eggs the night before, so that my daughter can hunt for most of her stuff.

motherjanegoose

April 2nd, 2010
8:08 am

I never died eggs growing up.

When I started teaching Kindergarten in Texas, I had no idea what to do. I learned quickly what a mess it could become! I taught at an Episcopal School. There were also many Hispanic students and we had “cascarones” if my memory serves me correctly. Those were fun!

When my kids we little we died eggs but did not use them to hide….maybe just a dozen for fun and then eat them as colored deviled eggs. We hid the plastic eggs and had a basket for each of them.
Our son won the Duluth egg hunt one year and was so proud…he had so many eggs and walked around sharing them with the little kids who could not run as fast…he must have been 7 or 8.

Anyone remember those silver L’eggs panty hose eggs? That was the prize egg in our house and it had money it.

I used to host the Easter Egg Hunt/picnic in my back yard ( in Texas). My entire Kinder class would come over and eat lunch….including any parents who wanted to join us. We had a huge yard with a live oak tree and it was fenced. My husband would grill the hamburgers and hot dogs and the parents would bring everything else. Fond memories that I miss by not living in a small town! Those kids have kids of their own now…time fles!

Happy Easter all! I know the eggs have nothing to do with the real meaning of Easter but who cannot marvel at all of the new life we have here in Atlanta? My yard is filled with birds every day and my husband said he has already seen a bunny hopping in the yard. I love the spring and fall in Atlanta. The colors are amazing!

motherjanegoose

April 2nd, 2010
8:10 am

@ Alecia:

Someone told me on Tuesday, that sugar is so much cheaper in other countries…this is why many of our companies are not making the holiday candies that we are used to. …they cannot afford to compete.

Smoked Oyster

April 2nd, 2010
8:11 am

Wow….Some of you are bitter in the morning…..Or when your crazy religion is exposed for being…..crazy.

RJ

April 2nd, 2010
8:12 am

At my kids age I just buy a chocolate bunny or egg. In the past I’ve bought my son baskets with basketballs and soccerballs. I was lucky one year and found a game for $5 for his Gameboy system. He loved it! I have always enjoyed putting baskets together myself. I sure do miss those days!

@Ok, thanks for getting it out of the way. I was gonna do the same thing. In my church we also call in Resurrection Day, but as a kid we enjoyed hunting for eggs and eating jellybeans. I new the real reason for the season and so do my kids. That’s what’s most important.

Jeff

April 2nd, 2010
8:21 am

I love Easter. It’s wrought with so many opportunities for lessons for children. If you want to have a little fun, put chocolate candy in plastic eggs, then let the kids AND the dogs go find them. Make sure you record it.

On a different note, what’s up with the bikini wax and smoked fish. Sounds like a joke from Playboy.

motherjanegoose

April 2nd, 2010
8:25 am

OOOPS…the grammar police may show up….is it supposed to be DYED eggs…sorry, it has been so long since I have used the term..I simply forgot! Egg on my face for sure!

Hey, Smoked Oyster...

April 2nd, 2010
8:25 am

…just remember to not stand too close to JJ, or X. Christian, or Dar, or Deidre, or Invisible guy in the sky, or…

Hey, Jeff, Smoked Oyster said this yesterday...

April 2nd, 2010
8:30 am

…”Using the same flawed logic, I can say my life is blessed because I shave my bikini area”……

That is the origin of the references today…

A

April 2nd, 2010
8:30 am

@Interested Participant, you are right about pagan and Christian holidays and customs merging. Christmas is a good example, as it falls within a few days of the winter solstice, which was a key celebration among pre-Christian European peoples. I’ve read that there is evidence that Jesus was not born in the month of December at all; but the early church leaders moved his birth celebration, as you said, to smooth over the conversion to Christianity.

Vork

April 2nd, 2010
8:44 am

Wow, some things never change. This place still exists with the holier than thou windbags still running the show….how are thing ladies?

Polytron/E2M Sucks

April 2nd, 2010
8:47 am

Wow….Some of you are bitter in the morning…..Or when your crazy religion is exposed for being…..crazy.:

Whatever you say there, Bearded Clam. For thou art the all-knowing, all-seeing, exalted one of supreme intelligence.

From thine throne of the keyboard almighty, thou shalt enlighten we mere mortals, fools indeed that we are. For thine omnipotent anonymous criticism knows no boundaries.

Fear we that we should anger you, almighty divine troll, lest you should strike us down with ALL CAPS and lay waste to us all indeed.

Becky

April 2nd, 2010
8:49 am

We do the baskets and the kids always get small gifts..This year, she is getting a CD by her favorite singer (Alan Jackson) and he s getting a CD by Blondie..Yeah they are only 7, but have a varied interest in music already..PLus together they are getting the DVD “Marley and Me”.

We will go to church, then go to my sisters house to have an egg hunt and a small (late) lunch..Theresa, we hide plastic and real eggs and as MJG said, we usally have a prize egg for the younger kids and one for the “older” kids..The prize egg for the little ones has money, for the older, maybe a gift card..

Gwinnett: Sucks Excess Lives Here

April 2nd, 2010
8:53 am

Easter baskets and all that stuff is a lot of fun and makes for good memories. Lots of fun making Easter eggs at home, then going to eat lunch with the extended family and letting the kids find the eggs that we hid.

Let’s not confuse Easter activities with the Christian side of it (and yes I am Christian).

Sometimes an Easter egg is just an Easter egg. Don’t over-analyze it, please!

Gwinnett: Sucks Excess Lives Here

April 2nd, 2010
8:55 am

Also, the kind of chocolate bunny I want is about 27 yrs old, 125 pounds and Dominican.

Wacka-wacka-wacka! :-D

Gwinnett: Sucks Excess Lives Here

April 2nd, 2010
8:56 am

Smoked Oyster <- Got pwned

Belle

April 2nd, 2010
8:57 am

my younger one is mostly interested in just the plastic eggs, but the 4 yr old likes to look for the eggs to see what is in them. We do baskets of crayons, chalk, bubbles…little things for them to play with, and of course the chocolate bunny.

Becky

April 2nd, 2010
9:07 am

Vork..Good morning..How are you? Yeah some things on here never change, but we all keep coming back..

To all that have egg hunts..Hope y’all have fun..If you go to church..Hope it’s a great day for you..To those that don’t go to church..Hope y’all have a great day doing whatever you do..

I’ll talk to y’all in a couple of weeks..Spring break and I am talking the kidsto visit family and let the boy fish until his little heart is content..

Becky

April 2nd, 2010
9:11 am

OK..As MJG said, I”m so sorry for all of the typos and misspelled words..Guess it’s just wanting to get all of my work done, so I can leave..

JATL

April 2nd, 2010
9:13 am

@ Smoked Oyster -is this really the first time you’re hearing that all of our “Christian” celebrations have pagan ties?

I’m so excited that I get to play Easter Bunny! I love it -and I love dying eggs and Easter Egg hunts. We’re taking the boys to the Callenwolde hunt tomorrow morning (the oldest has already gotten one at preschool) and then we’ll dye eggs in the afternoon. Sometimes we hunt those; sometimes not, but we always dye them. On Easter they’ll have to search around the house and the porch or deck for their baskets. My only rule for the baskets is -if itwon’t fit in the basket, it’s a NO. I always get them little trucks and books -DVDs, play doh -that type of thing. They both LOVE Peeps -although I think they’ll probably outgrow it. I actually do know adults who like them though! They each get a chocolate bunny, some Robin’s Eggs, jelly beans and while I don’t usually do the Cadbury cream eggs, I am a FREAK over the Cadbury Mini Eggs -so I get them and I get a few little packs for the boys. I like to get the specialty plastic eggs that they like -the Spider Man, camoflage, etc. to put the candy treats in -I don’t give them each whole bags of the stuff! This year the oldest is getting Leapster games and a preschool camera if I can find it. The youngest is definitely getting a bubble gun!

We’ll round out the day with a good Easter luch at our house with our parents.

Vork

April 2nd, 2010
9:15 am

@Beck

i’m well. I don’t have much going on in the office today so I figured i’d see what you guys are up to.

have a good vacation.

JATL

April 2nd, 2010
9:16 am

OMG MJG -we ALWAYS had the L’Eggs pantyhose egg as the prized egg with money in it! What a great memory!

Lori

April 2nd, 2010
9:19 am

My parents have a 20 acre farm, so our egg hunts are quite interesting!!!

Lori

April 2nd, 2010
9:23 am

BTW – I see where your are coming from Bill Maher. I consider myself a Christian, but I have never attacked anyone for their beliefs. A TRUE Christian is loving and tolerant of ALL others, not just other Christians. It’s the same with every holiday. Remember Christmas and people getting so upset at having to say “happy holidays”. Geez people, get over it. Some people are different and have different beliefs. I can’t fathom any reason to get upset about that, unless you are exactly what Bill suggests: bitter, selfish, paranoid and greedy!!

JJ

April 2nd, 2010
9:26 am

When I was growing up, we dyed eggs, and then my mom hid them around the house. Sometimes it would be snowing in Colorado on Easter, so we had to do it indoors. We both got nice easter baskets, and of course, the standard chocolate bunny.

My daughter takes an empty easter basket and puts it outside her bedroom door on Easter Eve. The Easter Bunny fills it up while she is sleeping. I’ve gotten a few friends to do this also, with their kids.

This year, since she is away at college, I sent her an easter “box”. She doesn’t eat a lot of candy, but she loves Reeses pieces. So a couple of boxes of those, the orange “carrot” of reese pieces, money, iTunes gift card, hair bobbles, etc. I even put that easter “grass” in the bottom of the box……..

My mom, brother and one niece are going out for lunch on Easter and try to beat the “Easter Christians” to the restaurant. I typically don’t care, but my mom likes to get together and go out to lunch.

Hey, Bill Maher...

April 2nd, 2010
9:26 am

…where did anyone ‘attack’ anyone for questioning the validity of Christian beliefs? If you will check, I believe you will find that the ‘attack’ was ON the Christian belief, as in”Explain to me how telling our children a giant bunny rabbit hid candy and eggs is the proper way to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ?” and “So the Christians practice Pagan rituals? Classic!” and “when I hear some one refer to them selves as a true Christian, I am inclined to think they are bitter, selfish, paranoid and greedy.”

Hmmmmmmmmmm.

motherjanegoose

April 2nd, 2010
9:29 am

@ Vork…yes, we have managed to stumble along, for quite a while, without you…imagine it?
Might say something.

There have been several days when I am not on the blog and the rest ( of the posters) seem to get along just fine too, without me. Other folks here have ideas that are quite interesting! Some, not so much ( to me) but there are those who seem to thrive on criticism ( towards T) and crass comments towards each other. As DB mentioned a while ago, MANNERS PEOPLE.

To me, this implies that no one here is any more important than the rest, except Theresa. If she closes up shop…what will we do? :)

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 2nd, 2010
9:29 am

Hey Vork!! Happy Easter!

DB — Loved, loved, loved, loved your Peep link — how cow – it’s the cutest thing ever. I’m putting it on Facebook –thanks for sharing that!

I apparently didn’t read closely enough yesterday and I’m afraid to even go back and look at what the bikini wax conversation was all about —

got cupcakes to work on — you bake them in waffle cone cups and then use icing, coconut, and jellybeans and a bent twizzler to make it look like an Easter basket. The only catch is you have to cover the waffle cones in foil while you back the cupcake inside — so just enough foil to cover the outside and and the top edge and then the cake covers the inside while it bakes. We’ll see how it turns out.

Well then, Bill Maher...

April 2nd, 2010
9:34 am

…try to stay germane to the topic at hand…

And, Bill Maher...

April 2nd, 2010
9:35 am

…just try to keep up….

That goes for you, too, Madame Blog Moderator...

April 2nd, 2010
9:36 am

…the bikini wax question has already been answered today…

Vork

April 2nd, 2010
9:37 am

@Theresa

Hey lady, Happy Easter to you as well.

I always find it highly amusing how I never have to name anyone in particular on here…..the culprits will simply announce themselves….love it….I miss you guys…;)

And, what point is that Mr. Bill...

April 2nd, 2010
9:37 am

??????????????????????????

motherjanegoose

April 2nd, 2010
9:37 am

T…I did not see DB on the blog today…was it HB’s idea? Did I miss something?

motherjanegoose

April 2nd, 2010
9:39 am

@ Vork…yes, I knew the jab was at me…not rocket science here.