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Old 03-23-2008, 11:30 AM   #76
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Wow- thanks everyone for posting!
Wanted to comment on the Easter is another Christmas thing: As Christians (Catholic), Easter is actually a bigger deal than Christmas. We begin with Lent where we deny ourselves for 40 days and after Holy Week where we follow Christ during his last days - its time to celebrate the Ressurection of our Lord!! So we think gifts and candy and parties , feasting if you will, are the way to do it.
To be honest though, giving toys at Easter was my Mother-in-law's doing. The last 2 Easters have been at her house and she bought them. My son expects it now and why not, if we give gifts and decorate for our Saviors birth, how much more so should we for His Sacrafice and our Redemption!

Hope I wasn't too preachy and don't offend anyone - just explaining how it is at our house.
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Old 03-23-2008, 11:32 AM   #77
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My most expensive item was for DDs dress which I bought for $8 at the American Girl Benefit sale last year. And she has chicken pox so we didn't even go to church.

I think I spent at most $10 on each kid's basket. They each got a kite so that was $5 each right there. Most of the other stuff is random little things I got at Target after Christmas at 75% off. Got the candy at 50% off at Aldi on Friday. (What a deal!!)

Pork loin we are having with cranberries, orange juice and honey in the crockpot. All of those were either in the freezer or cupboard. We'll also have salad, $1 at Aldi and Hawaiin rolls $1.79 at Aldi. I love that store!
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Old 03-23-2008, 11:45 AM   #78
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Wow- thanks everyone for posting!
Wanted to comment on the Easter is another Christmas thing: As Christians (Catholic), Easter is actually a bigger deal than Christmas. We begin with Lent where we deny ourselves for 40 days and after Holy Week where we follow Christ during his last days - its time to celebrate the Ressurection of our Lord!! So we think gifts and candy and parties , feasting if you will, are the way to do it.
To be honest though, giving toys at Easter was my Mother-in-law's doing. The last 2 Easters have been at her house and she bought them. My son expects it now and why not, if we give gifts and decorate for our Saviors birth, how much more so should we for His Sacrafice and our Redemption!

Hope I wasn't too preachy and don't offend anyone - just explaining how it is at our house.
While I totally agree with you on Easter being a bigger day for Christians than Christmas, I have a hard time with gift giving on Easter. The eggs and bunnies and all that are all symbols of new life, and are traditional for that reason. But gift giving for Easter, in MHO, is the work of retailers trying to make money. I'm not talking about sidewalk chalk and jump ropes. I'm talking about the pages and pages of toy ads that come in the Sunday paper before Easter. When I was a kid (not THAT long ago!), we got candy and some bubbles or something in our baskets. I don't remember there being toy ads for Easter!

My family gives gifts for Christmas because it symbolizes the gifts that were given to Jesus by the three kings or wise men. I think Christmas has gotten out of control too...buy this and need that and have to have this and that. It's all over the ads and t.v.

I think it's a struggle not to get caught up in all of that commercialism, both at Christmas and at Easter, and not forget the actual meaning of both holidays.

But, everyone has their own ideas and viewpoints, and that's what makes the world go 'round, as they say!
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Old 03-23-2008, 11:52 AM   #79
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Okay I just saw this and figured it was a good way to see how much I did spend. My daugher is definitely the pricier of the two as I have to buy her clothes. My son is clothed by neighbors hand me downs.

DD 9
From the EB
Easter Barbie (asks for it every year, I was surprised this year but, hey, glad to keep her playing with dolls) 10.00
My little pet shop Spring egg 4.19
Webkinz 6.95
Assorted egg stuffers from Dollar Tree and the Dot-- $11
Candy -- $6.00

EB Total: @$37.73

from us
Two outfits from Justice for Girls including sneakers $50 (thats it for new clothes for Spring).

For church
New dress and sweater -- $29

DS 4
From the EB
Power Rangers set of figures $4 (from disney store closing)
Carnivore -- $8
Assorted stuffers from Dollar Tree/the Dot -- $7
Candy -- $6

From us
Big Carnivor -- $8 (on sale at TRU)

For Church $0 -- complete outfit from hand me downs
Total $33

My father is taking us out to eat. I bought him some nuts and chocolates for $10
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Old 03-23-2008, 12:27 PM   #80
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I spent about $70 or $80. There is a great dollar store here that has TONS of quality Disney merch. The bulk of DS basket came from there and was less than 11 bucks with tax! The rest came from Walmart and the Disney Store.
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Old 03-23-2008, 12:43 PM   #81
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Payment for my sins when He died on the cross - priceless!!!!
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Old 03-23-2008, 01:03 PM   #82
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Old 03-23-2008, 01:22 PM   #83
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I put a lot of goodies in the baskets ( depends on boys/girls but items like toys, cards, books, barettes, lip gloss, cologne sets, ect) I make, not so many treats (but some candy, gum, fruit snacks, and Slim Jims).

Baskets I made (8 total):

DS 80
DH 40
Nephews X3 25 each so 75
Nieces X2 30 each so 60
Nephews Girlfriend 7 (all candy, no "goodies", I just felt bad not doing anything for her)
Also ~ MIL flowers and vase 20

Grand total - $282.00!
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Old 03-23-2008, 02:13 PM   #84
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Last Easter we were at WDW, no baskets or candy. It worked out well for us as dd13 was still testing (falsely) positive for peanut allergy.

This year we've got lots of candy!!!!!!!!------bag of peanut M&Ms, bag of regular M&Ms, two bags of mini Reese's pb cups, one Dove bunny per kid (3), two various candy eggs per kid. All candy free courtesy of Proctor & Gamble and the lovely lovely Walgreens Register Rewards!-----$0

Baskets, plastic eggs, and yucky plastic grass are reused every year (I wash out the eggs)----$0

Other basket items----pencils, erasers, mini notebooks, foam airplanes, also free from Walgreens----$0

Breakfast and dinner items are from regular grocery budget (my parents got the ham)---on sale eggs, bacon I stocked up on for $1/lb at Christmas, cinnamon rolls from major sale plus coupons last week, sale strawberries and potatoes for dinner, scratch shortcake biscuits, sale asparagus. Dh brewed a batch of beer this winter that we will enjoy for the first time today (cost comes under hobbies).

I did have to buy a new dress and shoes for dd13 but she will wear it all spring and summer for church. She cantored (lead the congretation in song) at Mass this morning and looked beautiful. She will continue to look beautiful in that very same outfit when she cantors twice monthly! And I can also wear the spectator pumps we found at DSW yesterday

DsAlmost15 wore school clothes---khakis, blazer, shirt and tie.

Dd8 wore a dress put away from her older sister and last year's white church shoes. Her feet have barely grown since June.
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Old 03-23-2008, 02:36 PM   #85
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Hmmm..

I probably spent about $30 each on toys and books for each of our two kids, plus another $5 each for a small chocolate bunny, $1 basket and some paper grass.

I would rather give them some extra toys/books than more candy.

Dd got some Littlest Pet Shop stuff and ds got a bubble lawn mower along w/ some Thomas the Tank Engine trains. They both got books and Viewmaster discs. Dd got barrettes and hair bands and ds got a Thomas toothbrush and toothpaste. Nothing huge.

I spent about another $10 for some plastic eggs and stickers to put in them.

Foodwise.. we are eating a ham, mashed potatoes and baby carrots for dinner along w/ some gorgeous artichokes. My family is visiting for a week so we probably would have had a large meal today anyway, even if it wasn't Easter Sunday. For breakfast we had french toast! ...very yummy!
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Old 03-23-2008, 02:42 PM   #86
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We always use the same basket. My mom even has "our" baskets and when we are "home" for Easter she fills them still.

DS(5) = $25.00
Kite $11
webkinz $7
teddy grahams $1
some german cookies $1
gum $.50
net $4
some lose candy, like a few starburst,etc. $1

DD(7) = $28.00
Webkinz $7
Enchanted $15
gum $.50
teddy grahams $1
german cookies $1
net $4

I guess about $50? Yikes...

I'm hosting Easter Dinner for friends and I bought the ham, the potatoes, the tea/milk, etc so about $40 for all that.

I also did the Easter Egg hunt for the neighbors so about $10 for that too.
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Old 03-23-2008, 04:11 PM   #88
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A few years back my DH worked with some guys from Norway or Denmark (don't remember which) and they shared with my DH that they have a Santa Claus Day which is separate from the holy day of Christmas. That started us thinking along those lines and we have started opening baskets and coloring eggs, etc. on the day before Easter so as not to have the younger kids thinking that Easter Day itself is all about bunnies and not the resurrection. Just our preference and the kids seem to enjoy it that way. Also, I have found my Easter Day to be less stressful without trying to open baskets before church--which is how we previously did things. Also, they aren't so full of candy that they don't want the meal that I worked so hard to put before them!

I have six sons and we still do baskets even for the 21 year old. For the four older sons the centerpiece of the basket was a Starbucks bottled frappuccino. (That was $1 each). The older four also got a Toblerone chocolate bar each on sale for $2 a bar. Then there were eggs filled with jelly beans, m&m's, reese's pieces eggs, malted eggs, etc. I probably spend $12 on the loose bags of candy that I put into the eggs. Already had the baskets. $2 for grass. $6 for plastic to cover the baskets. Had the ribbon to tie the bags. Little boys' baskets were anchored with some Crayola clay-stuff. ($3 each) They each got a Lindt chocolate bunny on sale for $2.50 per bunny. They got all the eggs stuffed with candy, as well. I just remembered they each (all boys) got 2 reese's peanut butter eggs which was another $5 total. Eggs and coloring kits were $5. $3 plastic eggs. No new clothes. Easter dinner was probably $15 more than I usually spend on dinner. We were probably out $65 or so for Easter this year which I guess isn't too bad for the eight of us.
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Old 03-23-2008, 04:20 PM   #89
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$100 for two new dresses for DDs 4 & 12.
my mom bought them purses $49 and nylons $14
$270 brunch out at restaurant luckily my parents paid
$20 new top and skirt on clearance for me
$72 for mani/pedi for DD12 and Pedi for me
parents have been staying with us since Friday so they treated to some meals out since they stay with us. $20 lunch friday. $60 dinner saturday.
$140 dinner friday.
$60 bike for DD4
$70 bike for DD12
$30 movie and cd
$30 little einsteins rocket
$30 candy, buckets, misc for buckets

So grand total I spent $412 plus my parents spent $560 expensive weekend
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Old 03-23-2008, 04:57 PM   #90
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I spent about $40 on the two baskets/candy/small gifts/dye and $4 to their school for their egg hunt.
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