Sunday, 20 April 2014

Failing at Easter


Today being Easter, the social media backdrop has ramped up a gear, reminding me how ‘other people’ do this kind of stuff.  Providing a handy rulebook to substitute for the one I lack for all manner of social situations.  
On its own, and without the structuring meat or religion elements in our household, it’s somewhat challenging to eke out the chocolate factor to cover the entire day.  So it’s useful to have the reference there to see how we should be celebrating.  Facebook, true to form, is abuzz with the well epic time that everyone is having.

Fair play, the children have rallied with fairly stoic degrees of enthusiasm for Easter egg hunts and done some impressive egg-related punning. The older two have drawn particular delight from having been told that Mummy does the Easter bunny stuff, but that they’re not to tell Katie – so they are obviously now the arbiters of important social knowledge and pretty damn streetwise.  But it has to be said that only one of them is really all that fussed about chocolate.  Give Katie a jammy dodger any day, and Harry won’t countenance the cheapo chocolate you get in any Easter multi-buys.   He is a boy born to better things, evidently.  So we now have an abundance of eggs that will sit there with their cursory holes for several months before someone takes an executive decision that the joy of Easter is over.   Last year we did attempt to melt them & turn them into crispy cakes, but something unspeakable happened to the chocolate and the result was quite unpleasant.  It was probably symbolic of something.

8 comments:

  1. I'm sure others aren't always having as much fun as they would like us to think x

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  2. People seem to do a lot more at the moment. Ours get an egg or a treat and I did do an egg hunt for the kids for a fun game :-) x #blogclub

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  3. I wasn't going to do the egg hunt this year as I'm 24, but my cousin told me he wouldn't do it unless I did too. Got to put off acting like a "grown up" another year. :)

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  4. Sorry to hear your Easter wasn't all it is cracked up to be but frankly good news if your kids are not that into chocolate. Hope you have a good week. Mich x

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  5. I think these type of holidays are whatever you make them. There is no "right" way to celebrate, as long as whatever you do makes you happy :-) Hope you have a good week xxx

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  6. Honestly I think it is totally over the top (as are most 'celebrations' these days). When I was a kid we went to church (not something I do now but I was brought up going every Sunday), I got a creme egg at church, one egg from parents and one other from grandparents and that was that. We probably had a big roast dinner and maybe saw some family - no easter egg hunts, def no easter bloody bunny, no trees or anything else. I am happy that some people want to make life pretty but I do think everyone is encouraged to spend, spend, spend far too much. Easter is and should be an essentially religious festival- if you are not religious just enjoy a couple of days off. We have (embarassingly) had easter 'gifts' from two sets of the girls friends and also their cousins. The first two were just chocolate stuff so I just said we don't really 'do' easter that much ( I refuse to be drawn into reciprocal present giving at Easter - it should not be about gifts) and the cousins was just overwhelming - chocolates, sweets, a soft toy chicken and a £5 Build a Bear voucher for each of them - very generous - but really not necessary. I usually give the girls a small gift like an egg cup with a small choccie egg to go in it. We have done very basic egg hunts in the garden as they quite enjoy running around looking for stuff but I only use a packet of those mini foil covered eggs and I have never ever led them to believe that there is such a thing as the Easter bunny - they know it is me! Sorry rant over! The gist of it was - don't worry - you are not alone!!

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  7. Bless, chocolate is not for everyone. I do feel that as each year passes teh true meaning gets lost a bit more, a bit like other religious holidays that have been commercialised.

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  8. If it makes you feel better I've done no Easter activities either - apart fro relish some lie ins and drink more ;). xx

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