Did you? Or do you plan to next year? I haven't done 'the bunny' or 'santa' or 'the tooth fairy' with my olders, but wondering this time around. Why do you or don't you?
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We don't do any of those things. In the beginning, we did "santa." If felt like lying & when dh & I discussed it, we determined that it *feels* like lying because it is lying. All the rest are lying too & we work hard not to lie to our children, even when it's not easy &/or the truth isn't fun.
One of these days, I'll figure out how to incorporate celebrations of real stuff into our lives: winter solstice, spring equinox, etc. One of these days...
We intended not to do santa, easter bunny, etc. but as DS grew, he learned about these things from other kids and so desperately wanted to have the experiences. He loves all things magical and make believe so I am not surprised the thought of a bunny that delivered treats would appeal to him.
I think he knows these things aren't real but he likes to pretend so we go along with it.
I've done all these things with three of my kids. They've all figured it out now, and I'm not even trying with dd2. It's just too difficult with all the other kids being in on it.
It's lying. There's really no way around it. It's the only time I lie to my kids (okay - have been guilty of claiming a "nap" or "getting dressed" when dh and I are...otherwise occupied), but I don't have a problem with it. I'm not sure why I don't, but I don't. Nobody in my family (eg. my siblings, nieces, nephews, etc.) has ever had a problem with it, though. I think that's part of it. I had no idea that some kids were really upset on finding out the truth until I came here to MDC. This conversation tends to flare up every Christmas, and sometimes at Easter.
Lisa, lucky mama of Kelly (3/93) , Emma (5/03) , Evan (7/05) , & Jenna (6/09)
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my situation is like caneel's. dd loves the magic so much. she does santa at her dad's house and easter bunny at mine and tooth fairy at both houses.
dd is 10. she KNOWS but wont admit it. i plan to never stop. she will get an easter basket till i cant put them together no more.
i love it too. to see if i got it right. however i dont do birthday presents. her bday present is her bday party but whenever i have any extra money we do something with it.
Our Easter hunt tradition continues.
My dc are 20 and almost-17 y.o. I thought I might fill small baskets for them this year but didn't get around to it. On Saturday, I asked DH to pick up a couple of chocolate bunnies for them as a treat. I thought we would just leave them at their plates at breakfast. DH told me that he had already picked up 2 bunnies and a large box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates. He hid them all and they had their hunt on Sunday - although it was almost afternoon by the time the sleepyhead young adults rolled out of bed .
Santa still brings them a stocking and gifts at Christmas too.
We do the egg hunt and baskets. I didn't grow up getting an Easter basket, so I get a huge kick out of making a basket for each kid. Chocolate bunny and jelly beans, of course. And this year each kid got a bottle of some funky soda and a package of mechanical pencils. Don't laugh, they love the pencils. Ds got a box of gum shaped like an early Nintendo joy stick, dd got a great pair of earrings from Cost Plus for $5.
We do Christmas stockings and the tooth fairy, as well. I don't think my kids felt betrayed or lied to when they figured out it's all a game. Maybe I'm wrong.
Right on. I like the way your kids think.
We all enjoy it, but I have to say, with St. Patty's, Easter, and April Fool's all falling so close together this year, I'm a little worn out from all the mommy magic!