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Musings on the Easter Bunny November 25, 2012

Filed under: everyday life,Isaac,the holidays,traditions,we so crazy — Elizabeth @ 10:02 AM

Yesterday, my sister and I took our boys to see “Rise of the Guardians”, a kid’s movie that involves the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman.  These fellas are the good guys who protect and love children worldwide and they, with the help of Jack Frost, team up against the Boogeyman, whose goal is to keep the children from believing in these heroes and keep them living in a state of fear.

It was actually a delightful movie–the kids and I all loved it, but I knew that it would bring up some questions.  And sure enough, before the movie was over, Isaac leaned over to me and asked, “Is the Easter bunny really real?”.

Just for some background info here, we are a Santa family.  We do the Easter bunny and the tooth fairy, and the Elf on the Shelf.  We are also a Jesus family.  And while we teach the true meanings and cause for celebration behind the holidays, we also embrace the whimsical/playful sides of the holidays.

**As a side note, I know that Santa can be a “hot topic” for some people.  However you celebrate at your house, I am sure you have put much thought into it, and I am happy for you.  This post is meant only to make you chuckle, not to begin a debate on Jesus vs. Santa.  Cause at my house, we have our cake and eat it too.**

For a little more background, I do not feel comfortable with over-selling the Santa/Easter bunny/tooth fairy stories.  So when the doubts start to creep in, our plan is to let the kids make their own decisions, instead of working tirelessly to convince them of the “realness” of these characters.

So when Isaac asked me about the Easter bunny, I will say that I was disappointed.  Because I didn’t feel comfortable just flat out telling him that, of course the Easter Bunny is real.  So I told him we would talk about it after the movie, and hoped he would forget.

We got into the van and started over to my aunt’s house for a visit, and Isaac announced from the backseat that he had a Very! Important! Question!.

And here’s how it went down:

I need to know if the Easter Bunny is really real.

Well….what do you think?  Do you think he’s real?

No.

Why not?

Because how could a bunny go all over the world and bring Easter eggs?  A real bunny couldn’t do that!

Hmmmm, that would be tricky for a real bunny.  Well then, who do you think brings the eggs?

{Mind you, that during all this, Matthew is arguing loudly that indeed, a real bunny could do that.  A very, very big bunny.}

Well, I think that it’s someone dressed up like a bunny.

Who do you think would get dressed up like a bunny and do all that?

Probably….Santa Claus!

Ah, the faith of a child.  I went on to explain that it did seem doubtful that a real bunny could do all that.  I also told him that I had never seen the Easter Bunny, but that to me it was fun to believe in him, because I liked the idea of him.

Either way, it looks like we have a believer on our hands for at least one more year!

Here’s wishing you a holiday full of excitement, whimsy, reverence and belief.

And especially that Santa remembers to take off his bunny suit before he comes down your chimney!!!

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Reset January 6, 2012

Filed under: everyday life,marriage,the holidays — Elizabeth @ 11:35 AM

A few months ago, Jason told me that his company was going to be forcing the employees to take time off between Christmas and New Years.  Unless they had direct projects that needed to be worked on, they had to use vacation time for that week.  Honestly, I was kind of bummed, simply because it seemed unfair and also because I know not every employee had the vacation time to do this.  (We were lucky in that Jason had plenty.)

I didn’t think much about it and we didn’t make any plans.  We were just trying to get through Christmas and the whirlwind of company and get-togethers and the usual madness.

Once things settled down, it hit us that we had all this time together and nothing to do.  I wasn’t too optimistic.  I was worried that we would all be on each other’s nerves, that we would be going crazy from boredom.

But it was AMAZING.

And I can’t even tell you many specifics of what we did.  We didn’t go to the zoo.  We didn’t go to any museums.  We didn’t go out to eat.

We did taking turns getting up with the kids, which meant that one of us was sleeping in every day.  It was glorious.  I slept until after 9 on two different days.  I slept so long that I was swollen when I woke up.  Swollen, people!!!

The weather was great, so we spent a lot of time outside.  A couple of trips to the playground.  A couple of trips to a track where we rode bikes, scooters, and rollerblades.

We stayed in our pajamas until after lunch.  On two of the days, our lunch was pancakes and bacon.

Jason got some odd jobs done around the house.  I read a book.  We took down Christmas decorations.  The kids played with their new toys.  We went to Costco.  We watched movies together after the kids went to bed.  We laughed a lot.

It was just everyday living, but on a ridiculously laid back pace.  And it was awesome.  I never once wished that it was time for the kids to go back to school.  Normally, I would be so ready to get back on a schedule, but I simply loved it.

It was a precious gift of time with my family.  Actually, it was my favorite gift of the Christmas season.

 

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