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Easter: what the heck happened?

Now, I know I run the risk of sounding like a grumpy old woman, but seriously: what the heck happened to Easter?

I remember, as a child, waiting in anticipation for Easter Sunday to arrive: the excitement of finally being able to open and scoff all the Easter eggs that had been gathering on the sideboard in the living room for what seemed like an eternity. I remember when people spent the day at home, or maybe at their grandparents’ for a big family Sunday lunch and a buffet tea (cheese and pineapple hedgehog, anyone?). There may even have been a (fairly poor) Easter egg hunt in the back garden.

Easter used to be a pretty simple affair, but nowadays, to be honest, it just seems like a bit more hard work. In true ‘My public holiday is better than yours and let me prove it to you in real time on Instagram and Facebook #considerablymoreblessedthanyou’ style, a bigger than normal Sunday lunch, a few chocolate eggs and a veg in front of the TV no longer cuts it.

And on top of it all, these four things have happened:

1. Easter cards

Yes, Easter cards.

Easter.

Cards.

Who on earth thought this one up? Nevermind the added work of giving them, who actually wants to receive an Easter card? If it isn’t made of chocolate, doesn’t contain chocolate, and if it doesn’t come in a Mini Egg-studded envelope, what is an Easter card other than recycling-in-waiting?

Happy Easter card bunnies hatching from eggs

Hop on.

2. Easter presents

There are genuine dilemmas happening currently on a local Facebook Mums page regarding Easter presents. One parent states: “I don’t know what to get my 6 year old for Easter”. Sorry, you what? Are people really getting in a state about what to buy their children for Easter?

How about, perhaps……an egg?

But it gets worse. Apparently there are now cases of parents buying their children ‘a couple of eggs’. A couple of eggs? Why does a child need more than one chocolate egg from their parents? Is this normal? Should I be buying ‘a couple of eggs’ for my children? Will my children feel bereft if receiving only one chocolate egg from their parents means that they end up only eight eggs closer to type 2 diabetes on Easter Sunday rather than nine? I’m not convinced.

3. Meeting the Easter Bunny

I can see similarities between meeting the Easter bunny and meeting Father Christmas. Really, I can. The Easter bunny sneaks into your garden when you’re not looking and brings eggs. Father Christmas sneaks into your house in the middle of the night and brings presents. Why shouldn’t you want your children to meet both of these delightful trespassers equally?

The difference between the two, in my mind, is that you rarely find a Father Christmas who would not be out of place as the lead protagonist in a horror film, carrying out frenzied attacks on unsuspecting victims in a dark alleys, before running off with a maniacal giggle to find his next target.

I have yet to meet one Easter Bunny that did not scare the flippin’ bejesus out of me and as such, we shall not be partaking in this particular Easter activity. Ever.

cute easter bunny
How did we get from this…..
Easter bunny costume
….to this?

4. General Easter tat

When did it become the case that popping into your local supermarket for a loaf of bread in the run up to Easter meant being forced to run the gauntlet down the ‘seasonal’ aisle, jumping over bags of fake straw and batting away the wind-up chicks, singing bunnies and inflatable Easter bunny skittles, while at the same time, trying to avoid knocking over the inexplicably wide selection of Easter glasses and crockery? And stickers. Don’t get me started on ALL the stickers.

And do I really need an Easter tree?

 

What do you think? Do you send Easter cards? Do you love a bit of Easter tat or do you think it’s all getting a bit too egg-streme? (Sorry, not sorry)

Let me know in the comments.

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17 thoughts on “Easter: what the heck happened?”

  1. I’m not sure when it became so commercialised but as a Christian Easter is as big a deal as (if not more than) Christmas. We have had an Easter tree as long as I can remember, something that began during my childhood growing up in Germany where it is a huge tradition. It literally consists of a few twigs we gather in the park. I love that more decorations are now available, one benefit of the commercialisation I suppose. Likewise we have sent Easter cards for as long as I can remember. We do a couple of presents at Easter, but we do less at Christmas than others and spread the cost over the two very very important festivals in the year. If I’m completely honest I wish people would stop going in about this. If it’s not your thing don’t do it, but others that make a deal of it might have their reasons…
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    1. Thanks for your comment. What I have tried to do in this post, albeit flippantly, is criticise the increasing commercialisation of Easter and the pressure that this commercialisation (along with the continuing rise in social media usage) now puts on people to partake in organised events (such as meeting the Easter bunny), to buy Easter cards and presents, and to buy Easter decorations, when they wouldn’t otherwise have done so.

      I am aware of the importance of Easter in the Christian calendar and in no way was it the intention of this post to criticise Easter as a Christian festival, or indeed anyone who celebrates it. I have no problem whatsoever with people celebrating any religious festival or event in whatever manner they choose.

  2. I love Easter! We hide the Easter eggs for the young ones to find on Easter Sunday, we have hot cross buns on Good Friday. We sometimes decorate eggs but they are getting a bit old for this now, and the Easter bonnets. But cards, presents and meeting the Easter bunny are not things we have ever done.
    #dreamteam

    1. I really enjoy Easter too, but we tend to keep it quite simple. I love the fact that it’s a great excuse to get together with family we haven’t seen for a while, but I can’t be doing with cards and presents!

  3. Haha! This post has made me laugh! I agree with you that everything is becoming much more commercialised nowadays: Christmas decorations for sale in the shops at the end of September; Halloween being such a huge event; Easter being more about making money with people often forgetting its true meaning. I think so long as we don’t overdo the commercialism and celebrate the events and holidays whilst making sure that we don’t forget why we are celebrating them than that is the way forward! #KCACOLS

  4. I agree with you wholeheartedly, the one upmanship seen on fb at the moment with who cam be aeen to be doing easter best is just silly.

    Although I have to confess that when my boys were little I did buy them a small gift at easter (usually a dvd) rather than an egg, because they had so much chocolate from other family members.

    #abitofeverything

    1. I’m not against gifts at Easter per se, it’s the whole one-upmanship that gets me, like you say. In fact, I’m actually wishing my children got more gifts than eggs now, because I know I’m going to end up eating a lot of the chocolate and it’s not going to do my diet any good!

  5. I agree it’s getting so americanised with all the rubbish you dont need to spend your money on.
    I just buy my sons 2 easter eggs and that is it they, sure do appreciate them! X #ablogginggoodtime

  6. Haha – “delightful trespassers!” That made me laugh! Easter to me is a time to be with family, to take advantage of the long bank holiday weekend and just do something nice. Growing up, for me it was a big old Sunday roast with the wider family then scoffing down chocolate eggs til we felt sick! Now I have my own family, we seem to have started our own little traditions but nothing majorly different to my childhood! I do a tiny egg hunt in my lounge in the morning and the kids get one big egg from us and usually some bubbles or a new book. They get enough confectionary from everyone else! Then we go on a nice family walk somewhere to make room for (or work off) all the chocolate! Not an Easter card or tree in sight and definitely not a visit to see the Easter bunny! That would scare me I think! Haha!
    My children also know why Easter is celebrated and we talk a little bit about what Christians believe and why it is so important to them. I’m not a practicing Christian myself but I like my children to know the true meaning of the festivals we partake in, and then they can decide for themselves what they want to believe as they get older. #KCACOLS
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  7. Well I am very happy to say that we don’t do Easter cards, trees or presents or anything like it. But at the same time I have to stress that Easter is my favourite time of year, I much prefer it to Christmas. We had a great time on Sunday but it was nice and simple. My two girls got up that morning and went out after breakfast to do their egg hunt in the garden. We then went to my mum’s for dinner and way too much dessert and then it was back home to lie back and watch tv for the rest of the evening. Pure bliss! Of course kids don’t need presents or several eggs each – they are actually very easily pleased I find. And I’m totally with you on the going to see a person in a large bunny costume, not only would that scare the crap out of my kids, it would also scare the bejeesus out of me too! #abitofeverything

    1. I agree that Easter is a lovely time to spend with family. For me it feels a bit like Christmas from that perspective (but without all the stress!)

  8. I remember getting a basket of treats. No toys, just random candy that I loved and that I wasn’t allowed to eat much during the year because it wasn’t healthy. Easter was our splurge along with Halloween. You are so right over how this holiday has become so very big! My nieces just got 8 gifts from my parents. 8 gifts!!! Now, they weren’t huge, but 8 gifts. I remember getting a single pair of sunglasses in my basket one year and I almost died from excitement. My nieces couldn’t even name 3 of the 8 that my mom and dad gave them. It made me sad.l Don’t get me wrong, my nieces are always grateful, but too many gifts leave them with an inability to focus on any of them. It’s like our having 18 million things to watch on Netflix – I’m in such mental overload that I can’t remember what I watched last night. #DreamTeam

    1. I know what you mean! Anything more than a couple of gifts and my little girl has no idea what she got. Luckily (or unluckily) for me, that also applies to chocolate eggs and she got A LOT of those. She’ll have no clue if I help myself to a couple…..

  9. Saturday night my daughter said to me she was scared of the bunny coming, I assured her that those people dressed in weird bunny suits are not the Easter funny and that the Easter Bunny is a cute little real bunny like our pet ones, she felt much better! Thanks for joining in with #ABloggingGoodTime

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