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Old 04-22-2014, 09:35 AM   #151
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Our neighbors are ummm...wealthy (trust funds - grandpa worked with Rockefeller.) 99% of the time, you would never know it because they live simply amongst us middle classers. But this year, they did invite our 17 year old for an egg hunt. They were using the egg hunt as a prom invite for their 17 year old.

DS came home with a wad of cash as each of the plastic eggs were filled with $20.00 and $10.00 bills. (Why didn't they invite us, lol?)

Anyway, we did church and skipped baskets this year as everybody is getting too old. In the past, our baskets were always filled with video games, toys, and basically Christmas. I started scaling down when my oldest started making Easter basket lists
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:24 AM   #152
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We mainly did chocolate when we were kids, although we'd sometimes get an Easter-themed Beanie Kid and I think we got pyjamas a couple of times. For my first Easter I know we got rubber ducks because I was too little for chocolate and my sister had gone off chocolate at the time after being sick for a bit. Over recent years we've got Easter-themed Pandora charms, but this year we got US dollars instead to buy a charm when we're in the States later this year.
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:38 AM   #153
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I've seen a lot of posts on facebook of people complaining about this same thing and I'm not sure why anyone really cares what someone buys or doesn't buy for their children.

My kids got the standard basket with candy, pool toys, a board game, some clothes, and a few toys. I don't think it was overboard, but if someone does I'm not sure why they should even waste their time starting a thread about it.
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:43 AM   #154
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I started scaling down when my oldest started making Easter basket lists
We always do an egg hunt where the eggs have small items, candy, or coins. This is the first year my son hasn't believed in the Easter bunny, so he gave me a knowing look and said, "I sure hope the Easter bunny puts money in the eggs again this year. Wouldn't money be really nice to get mom?" I think he was trying to hint at something
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:43 AM   #155
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Just an FYI regarding the comment about Christians and Seder dinner....I am Episcopalian, and we have had Seder dinners at our church with attendance and instruction by a rabbi. Rabbis have also been guest speakers at Sunday school classes. It's all about learning, and I do believe God is okay with that

We were out of our church for a year due to earthquake damage, and we held a Christmas Lessons and Carols service and our Easter services at a local synagogue (we have a close relationship with them, and they offered)
I have been a member of my church for 20 years- very active for the past 10 or so- and just found out that our church also has a Seder dinner every year. Who knew?! They teach the Christian significance of this meal. I am Presbyterian by the way. I would love to go next year. I really like learning about other religions, and I believe that I can remain strong in my relationship with Jesus and still be knowledgable about other faiths. Imagine that?!
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:50 AM   #156
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I did see a lot of pictures on Facebook of kids, mostly infants, sitting on a couch surrounded by all of the gifts they had gotten for Easter. We choose to go another route. We go big for his birthday and Christmas, but that's about it.

He has a nice basket I got before his first Easter that he will keep using until it can't be used anymore. I had never heard of getting a new basket every year until just now. I don't like to let him eat a lot of candy, so I don't buy him a lot because then I'll just end up eating it myself. This year, all I bought was a bag of fun size M&M's to put in some plastic eggs for his egg hunt and the rest of the packs went in the basket. And I got him a 6 pack of mini chocolate bunnies. I'm glad I didn't go crazy on candy because my parents got him a big chocolate bunny and a chocolate cross.

The rest of the stuff I put in his basket was really cheap. I scoured the dollar bins at Target and got a lot of things for $1 or $3...some water guns, a bubble gun, and a couple other water toys. And I found some little jigsaw puzzles in tins at Wal-Mart for $1.50 and got him 3 of those. The only things I spent a bit of money on was Frozen and Jungle Book on Blu-Ray, but I got them for $13 each on sale at Target, and would have gotten them anyway at that price!

In the past he has gotten a new swimsuit & towel and some beach toys, a small backpack, other movies, etc. I saw some kids getting a whole new wardrobe and as many toys as DS would on Christmas morning!
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I have not seen anything outside of what we do - a bunny, some small candies and that is it. No movies, etc. Bunny hides eggs and brings chocolate. That is all!
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Old 04-22-2014, 12:28 PM   #158
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There are people who celebrate Hanukkah in a secular manner. Just a lot less of them.
There sure are. I'm one of them. We buy foil-wrapped chocolate coins, make potato pancakes, and display a dreidel. (Sp). Just a fun thing to do. We skipped it last year because it coincided with Thamksgiving.

Easter was always just chocolate bunnys, peeps, malted eggs, and jelly beans for us. We never gave out any kinds of gifts.

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So, those who are not Christian and celebrate these holidays are Pagan?

I also wonder why this happens only Christmas and Easter. I don't see secular celebrations of Hanuka, Rosh Hashsanah or Ramadam. They could also be good time to reunite with family and celebrate, but I don't see anyone outside of those religions doing it.

Why is that?
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Old 04-22-2014, 02:10 PM   #160
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Actually, the eggs and bunnies can be considered religious symbols. I know you said you get it with the Pagan history, HOWEVER, I'm still throwing it in since you asked about the eggs and bunnies. The name Easter is derived from the Pagan fertility goddess, Ishtar. Eggs and bunnies were considered symbols of fertility and fruitfulness and were celebrated in the spring in honor of Ishtar(Easter) So, when people say the holiday isn't about the Easter bunny, well, technically it originally was the reason for the season!

In our family, we are trying to teach DS about the different views and religions of all cultures and to be open to all of it. Every religion has taken traditions from other religions and no religion is the end all be all or has all the answers.

Now, I am going to go raid my son's overly indulged basket and look for some Cadbury eggs...and Reese eggs...and jellybeans...mmmmm
While that myth and meme are going around right now, it's most likely not actually accurate. Rather, as others have pointed out, Easter (a word used only in English and Germanic languages) most likely derives its name from the Germanic pagan goddess Eostre.

Easter in Greek and Latin (as well as the other romantic languages) is Pascha, Pasqua, etc. which derives from the Hebraic word Pesach, which means Passover (which was, after all, the Jewish holiday that was being celebrated by Christ and his disciples when he was crucified and is also where the terms Paschal candle, Pascal sacrifice, etc. originate). Likewise, the timing of Easter is linked to Passover, for obvious reasons (although the differences between the Gregorian and Jewish calendars sometimes has them fall out of synch). The appropriation and melding of Pascha into a Pagan holiday helped ease Christianity into these cultures, but "Easter" almost certainly did not derive its name from a Babylonian goddess but rather from one who was much more local.

Also, contrary to what is going around in the meme, the symbols of Ishtar (who was in fact the goddess of sacred sex) were the lion, a gate and an eight pointed star, not bunnies and eggs.
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Old 04-22-2014, 02:21 PM   #161
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I've notice Easter being like Christmas for more than 20 yrs.

Not at my house tho mine even had to make the choice between candy an a small item they wanted not both.

We used the same baskets from year to year now my Gkids are using them.
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DD got a basket this year but all it had in it were empty plastic eggs. I don't plan on making Easter a big deal in terms of presents because I want my kids to understand the significance of the day.
What do empty plastic eggs have to do with the significance of the day?

I am truly trying to understand this. It would seem you should not have any bright colored plastic eggs if you were trying to get across the meaning of the day.

Plus am I the only one who thinks it slightly mean to give an easter basket that is full of nothing?
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We try not to buy the kids too much candy. They got 3 organic peanut butter cups each, 2 packages of stickers and a couple of books. So some gifts but not over the top. Spent $15 for each kid.
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What do empty plastic eggs have to do with the significance of the day? I am truly trying to understand this. It would seem you should not have any bright colored plastic eggs if you were trying to get across the meaning of the day. Plus am I the only one who thinks it slightly mean to give an easter basket that is full of nothing?
No, I asked this pages ago and never got a response. I too, am trying to figure this out. And I agree, it seems down right cruel to put empty plastic eggs in a basket. It would be nicer to do nothing at all.
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My 4-year-old spins out of control with too much sugar, so I put a small amount of candy in her basket along with some toy bunnies & chicks, a DVD and a kite. She was way more thrilled about the toys than the candy anyway.

When I took her to see the Easter Bunny a few weeks ago, the girl in front of us in line actually had a list (like what you'd make for Santa). I've never seen that before!
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