Over $30 in candy – nearly half of that is chocolate in the form of bunnies, frogs and chickies. Over $60 is books, this year they are each getting their own “first” bible. Some how I’ve managed to keep the small goodies and toys under $30.
If you’re keeping track, yes that around $120 spent on Easter for two kids. Much of it will end up in their baskets with the personalized Pottery Barn liners. Yes, I am that mom.
Due to the timing of the tax refund windfalls, this year, like last, their dad and I had a discussion about putting bigger ticket items in their baskets. It’s the Easter Bunny, not Santa Claus, I said. We’re Christian and Easter should be every bit as important as Christmas, he countered.
If you know me, you know I hate to lose an argument. But he had me there. Then I went with they are both over commercialized. Sadly, it’s not a victory just a fact.
Yet with Christmas at least I know the lessons I want the kids to learn. Generosity, that giving is better than getting. Faith and belief in miracles. Those two are lessons both holidays have in common at least.
The odd thing for me is that kids are naturally inclined towards faith and miracles. It’s not until they start grasping at logic do things like peek-a-boo and Santa Claus lose their magic. The trick, it seems, is teaching them how not to lose faith in miracles.
But the toughest lesson for Easter is when they lose faith in a person. Somewhere along the line something will happen and the are going to have to forgive someone. And, unless it’s just me, forgiveness doesn’t come naturally.
As a grown up, I admit I can be as deaf as an earless chocolate bunny when I’m trying to withhold forgiveness. Yet I also know that withholding makes my heart harder than an unwrapped peep at the end of May.
So how do I put that lesson of forgiveness in their baskets? With little notes tucked in?
Hey buddy, Mommy forgives you for that tantrum you threw when you wouldn’t get out of the car and made me carry you into the art supply store (which later you didn’t want to leave)
Baby girl, Daddy forgives you for practicing drawing stars with a black marker on your beige bedroom carpet (but unlike the star, don’t expect this story to disappear – ever)
In reality that’s not really how the forgiveness lesson works. I want something that will stick with them longer than the egg dye on their hands. Something they won’t just consume like the cotton candy fluff or outgrow like the toys and books.
As I try not to eat the jelly beans that are headed into the plastic eggs for the egg hunt, I’m thinking of what this post was originally going to be about Pinterest ideas: how to use the plastic eggs after Easter to learn word families or the one on learning upper and lower case letters
The post was going to be about how Pinterest is great for getting creative ideas and spending hours on something a little more productive than Facebook. Which I most certainly do and have plans to make word families and… ooh I just found one on making compound words with the eggs! That aside I’m still not sure how to work the lesson in – there’s always the traditional – hey you ate my candy – which opens up that whole forgiveness opportunity.
Maybe the ultimate creative idea on how to put the lesson of forgiveness into that basket will come to me between now and tomorrow morning. If it does, I’ll surely put a pin on Pinterest for it.