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Bathsheba Sun 12-Apr-20 08:49:56

So these days it's the 'Easter Bunny' that brings all the Easter eggs. Children everywhere are coming downstairs on Easter Sunday morning to find that 'The Easter Bunny has been' hmm And according to some posts on Facebook, they also leave treasure maps, so the children can find the eggs that they've brought.

Now look, I love the traditional Easter egg hunt, but our children and grandchildren have always been told, and were/are happy with the idea, that the grown ups buy the eggs and hide them for them to find. And yes, a treasure map is a great idea to add another dimension to this age old Easter game. But it is NOT THE EASTER BUNNY THAT DOES IT.

How long before the shops start selling Easter Bunny 'advent' calendars? And maybe they'll have little baby chick helpers, some of whom will be hiding in the house watching to see if the children are being good, while the rest are elsewhere (in a secret fantasy chocolate land, of course), busily wrapping up all the chocolate eggs that their mummies are laying grin

threexnanny Tue 14-Apr-20 12:54:31

I like the idea wherever it came from or started. In fact this year I think the Easter Bunny should have been declared an 'ESSENTIAL WORKER' as we all really NEED chocolate to help get us through this!

Iam64 Tue 14-Apr-20 09:07:27

We had some great photographs on our family whatsap group of our grandchildren hunting for eggs. There were huge footprints leading from their cottage to woodland a few yards away - then the little boys rooting around and finding Easter eggs hidden by the Easter bunny.

We can't visit the children, didn't have our usual family get together over Easter. I'm delighted that my daughters and their partners made maps for the children to follow, that magic bunny rabbit feet appeared outside their homes. Harmless fun, no great expense needed but lots of interaction between the children and their parents.

What is there to grumble about?

Susan56 Tue 14-Apr-20 09:05:09

My granddaughter woke up on Easter Sunday and saw a baby rabbit in the field behind their garden.She was so happy as she thought it was the Easter rabbits baby.I say let them have this little bit of magic and make believe.

Skweek1 Tue 14-Apr-20 08:59:49

The Easter Bunny is a charming and harnless concept (I wrote a short story in my Mind Creating Writing group about him hiding the eggs in the orchard for the children in the nearby house to find and his excitement when they thanked him). But it is lovely old German custom, der Osterhase (Easter Hare) and I prefer to keep the magic of the Easter Bunny, Father Christmas etc in the hearts of young children - they grow up far too soon. I still believe in the old man who magically flies all round the world with his reindeer and a rabbit hiding chocolate for children . Please don't take that away from me and other young at hearts.

notanan2 Sun 12-Apr-20 18:24:58

So basically the OP goes to town for easter for the kids in the family
But doesnt like people going all out for easter in different ways to how her family does
That about it in a nutshell?

kevincharley Sun 12-Apr-20 18:09:22

And... since when have rabbits laid eggs?

Georgesgran Sun 12-Apr-20 16:59:05

Up in the North East, we always had Pace Eggs - I’ve still got my first, 69 years on! Just a dyed hard boiled egg, but the name comes from the Latin - Paschal - meaning Easter.

Beechnut Sun 12-Apr-20 16:42:47

That’s very impressive annab275. Well done to your granddaughter 🐇

annab275 Sun 12-Apr-20 16:31:48

This is my grand daughter in the papier mache Easter Bunny mask that she made with her mum. Any excuse to get creative - it is much more fun to make your own

Romola Sun 12-Apr-20 16:04:17

Advent calendars for Easter? But that would go completely against the idea of Lent (about 42 days I think) when the idea is to be frugal and restrained - not that I've ever managed it.

NemosMum Sun 12-Apr-20 15:51:17

As children we painted hard-boiled eggs, or dyed them with flowers or old bits of cloth tied around during the boiling. Sometimes we marked them with candle-wax before painting or dyeing. It was incredibly good fun and filled the days between breaking up school and Good Friday. We made little Easter Gardens with old shoe boxes, plaster of Paris and twigs & greenery from the garden or hedgerow. We did get given chocolate Easter eggs by grandparents and aunties. But how much better for children to be creative than have everything magically provided. The commercialisation is regrettable, in my view, but people are free to choose, and that's fine.

grannysyb Sun 12-Apr-20 14:34:27

My late aunt would take us to roll dyed hard boiled eggs down our local hill. She was an historian and called it "pace egging" The hill was called "Pudding Pie Hill!"

Bijou Sun 12-Apr-20 14:08:46

Like all religious days Easter has become commercialised. When I was a child my father would take us to the sweet shop to choose an Easter egg each. On Good Friday Mother would cook a special dinner of salmon, expensive then, and Easter Sunday roast spring lamb with new potatoes and fresh peas.
Mother’s Day didn’t exist. Mothering Sunday after church we gave our mother posies of primroses and violets picked from the hedgerow.

HurdyGurdy Sun 12-Apr-20 14:06:48

I can't remember when the Easter Bunny came into our lives. I don't think my children were visited by him/her/it.

I definitely wasn't as a child in the 1960s. Our Easter activity was to decorate a hard boiled egg, which we rolled/threw down a hill to break the shell, and then we ate it. Chocolate eggs were given by family/friends of the family.

My granddaughter and grandson have an Easter Egg hunt in our garden/house with coloured plastic eggs and when they have collected 20 each, they can exchange them for an Easter egg (for my granddaughter) and an Easter themed book (for my grandson, who doesn't like chocolate or sweets).

I just think it's a hit of harmless fun for them whilst they're little. I'm pretty sure they know full well there's no bunny doing the hiding, and just humour the adults grin

Willow500 Sun 12-Apr-20 13:27:12

No Easter Bunny for me as a child or my own children - eggs were just from the parents or grandparents although when I was at infant school we decorated hard boiled eggs for a competition. However I had to smile last night just before going to bed when we received a message from my son over in NZ (where of course the Easter bunny and tooth fairy are classed as essential workers grin ). Our little grandsons had done their egg hunt and eaten chocolate before breakfast. They both then felt rather ill and the eldest (6) had 'retired to his bed and turned his face to the wall'! Having just devoured the ears off my Lindt bunny I know the feeling grin

grandtanteJE65 Sun 12-Apr-20 13:09:24

No, the Easter bunny didn't come to me as a child either.

It is, I believe, a German tradition and the bunny is a hare there.

Surely, it does no harm for children to think the Easter hare or bunny has hidden the eggs they find?

Their parents and grandparents can still give them Easter eggs too if the want to.

sweetcakes Sun 12-Apr-20 12:42:22

You have your traditions and we respect that, other people have their traditions please respect theirs 🐰

Thecatshatontgemat Sun 12-Apr-20 12:40:34

Beechnut is spot on.....

sodapop Sun 12-Apr-20 12:25:16

I agree, our children can have a little magic whilst they are very young. Easter Bunny, tooth fairy, Father Christmas. Real life kicks in soon enough I think.
I'm not sure that the cost or amount of gifts is important. As Urmstongran said only a couple of gifts are from the Easter Bunny or Father Christmas the rest are from family and friends.

rockgran Sun 12-Apr-20 12:17:05

When I was a reception teacher the children made little baskets and overnight the Easter Bunny put some little eggs in them. I used to make talcum powered paw prints around the place. It seemed a bit of harmless 'magic' that brought some joy.

Oopsminty Sun 12-Apr-20 12:10:57

How long before the shops start selling Easter Bunny 'advent' calendars?

I love that idea!

Sadgrandma Sun 12-Apr-20 12:09:11

I bought my 2 1\2 year old granddaughter some plastic eggs from Amazon a while ago with little wind up toys inside, intending that we would have an Easter egg hunt in the garden when they came to us for Easter Sunday lunch, but the lockdown put paid to that. However I gave them to my daughter when she called in to exchange Easter eggs (keeping social distancing of course) and I've just had a video of my granddaughter having an Easter egg hunt in their garden. She was told the Easter Bunny left them - what's the harm in that? The video was magical and it really cheered me up to see her excited little face. We all need a little bit of magic at this horrible time.

lemongrove Sun 12-Apr-20 11:53:10

We always do egg hunts ....but that’s different.

lemongrove Sun 12-Apr-20 11:52:17

Where does all this Easter Bunny stuff come from ( the idea that he provides choccy eggs) the US?

Daisymae Sun 12-Apr-20 11:21:15

One year I hid gold foil eggs in the garden before the arrival of the GC only for the pigeons to be attracted and have a good peck at them!