Easter is this weekend. My kids have already surpassed the appropriate level of excitedness. They are on defcon 400 and climbing at an unwarranted rate. It’s Easter. Yes, it’s the day Jesus rose from the grave and should be celebrated. I am all for sunrise service and egg hunts, don’t get me wrong. I enjoy family get together dinners and forcing the kids into brand new dress clothes they will hate as much as the next passive aggressive mother. Bring on the holiday themed coloring sheets or easily accomplished activities. And don’t forget the simple Easter baskets with small treats and candy. Sure all of that is fine but the kids are expecting MORE. Somehow each holiday it seems we are expected to outdo the previous year’s holiday.
Each year brings new demands, new expectations, and new head aches. It seems now that they are expecting a second Christmas at Easter. My daughter actually wrote the Easter bunny a letter and asked me to mail it. I told her… He isn’t Santa Claus, sorry. He is a bunny, he brings plastic eggs and candy, not new toys on demand.
My kids are in for a let down this year, I am done trying to outdo the previous holiday. THE MADNESS HAS TO STOP SOMEWHERE! I am not going to try to outdo the neighbor’s holiday. I am NOT going to go over board any more. I am going to try to make each holiday pleasant enough without killing my will to wake up each holiday morning. Quiet simple holidays just being with each other are what makes for family memories and strengthens those family bonds. It’s not about the gifts, the two tons of candy, or what is inside the little colorful plastic eggs. It’s about the fun of the egg hunt, laughing at and with each other, and enjoying time together. All can be done without bringing mommy to a frazzle.
They will thank me for this later. I hope…