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    I tell them if they are good girls that the Easter Bunny will come and bring them chocolate, good enough explanation for almost 3yr olds.

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    ...and then the commercial sector grabbed on to the idea and milked it for all it's worth.
    (can you say this without some kid whose dad works for woolies getting offended?)


    *shrug* ...depending on your child's age, some people sugar coat the past, others don't.



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    As with all religious stuff, I when talking to my kids I preface every sentence with "some people believe...", and if I know of another example I put that in too, so that my kids are aware of all different beliefs.
    So I don't really understand why there's an issue with kids being told about the religious meaning of Easter, it's not like they have to believe it, it can just be like a story to them if you want it to be.
    Our latest example is creation. The kids came home from school the other week asking me if God really created the world in seven days. I told them that some people believe that He did, but some people believe in the big bang/evolution, some people believe in the Dreamtime, and some people believe in all kinds of other things. I left it at that and then after a couple of minutes they made up their own mind about which sounded most likely (FYI, it was the big bang/evolution, the science freak in me was so proud ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ana Gram View Post
    I haven't bothered with much an explanation. We get time off, eat hot cross buns and eat chocolate. That's good enough for DD.
    Same here. DD will eat hot cross buns and chocolate without any concern for the "why"

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    No hot cross buns for us, the dairy free are not gluten free and the gluten free are not dairy free, and I ran out of gf flour so can't make any.

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    My family have always celebrated it but definitely not in any religious sense. My Mum is all about mother nature and eggs representing birth of life...sooo we used to make a 'nest' out of twigs, bark, leaves etc and in the morning it would have eggs in it (chocolate and decorated).

    I'm not overly fussed about doing anything but DH would like to do something so we might do the nest thing or a hunt.

    When they are older I will explain the different ways that it is celebrated all over the world.

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    we won't be doing the easter bunny or chocolate, but instead its 'long weekend where we go and visit family,

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarvestMoon View Post
    I don't put a religious spin on Easter or do the Easter bunny. My kids think its just a day where they get chocolate eggs and get to gorge on them. They've never asked for an explanation nor have i ever bothered offering one.
    This. All he thinks its about is chocolate eggs but when he is older we will talk about it more

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    I just do the Easter bunny.

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    We'll be doing what was done in both DF's family and mine growing up - Easter Bunny will come and leave eggs and a present, and we'll eat hot cross buns.

    I have good memories of Easter egg hunts and checking in the morning for bunny footprints

    If the religion behind it ever comes up then I'll explain that some people believe that but we don't. When they are older I'll give a more detailed explanation!

    This year we arent doing anything. DS is not quite 2 so doesn't understand (and doesn't eat chocolate).


 

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