to think that buying Easter Presents is indulgent and redicilously OTT?

(67 Posts)

Way to ruin.

My 4 will have an ascetic Egg Hunt in the snow. With one creme egg. Although I'll tell them there's 2 as it keeps them occupied for longer.

Then thye can learn the true Spirit of the Season by sharing it.

My way is roght and true. No ipods or Ugh boots for mine just coz it's easter.

CleanHankie Tue 26-Mar-13 23:06:05

I'm another Christmas birthday person who was given presents at Easter. MY parents thought it mean that my sister (early Dec birthday) and I had to wait a whole year to get 2 lots of presents in one go, hence a gift at easter. We're talking £30 max though.

DD2 happens to be a Christmas baby so yes, I am continuing the tradition of gifts, although it tends to be clothes. This year it's pj's and Disney tops. We also have small token gifts (Books) for nieces/nephews and Godsons.

Chocolate will be given by all and sundry and will be placed on the top shelf of the cupboard. Right behind the last remaining Chocolate Santa hmm

HesterShaw Tue 26-Mar-13 23:08:16

Easter presents?

WTF?

Aren't Easter eggs enough?

Also, does anyone actually send "Easter cards"?

greencolorpack Tue 26-Mar-13 23:11:49

I made the mistake of listening to the adverts earlier... I'm supposed to buy someone a laptop because its Easter.

I honestly want to sit down with these marketing executives and ask them, "WHY??? what part of Jesus dying on the cross for me linked in with buying someone a laptop?"

In the adverts they seem so sure of themselves, and I have always struggled with Easter traditions maybe I have been getting it wrong,,, all those Easters when I haven't bought up laptops for m'loved ones.... shame

WallyBantersJunkBox Tue 26-Mar-13 23:14:41

Easter is a huge holiday in Switzerland (probably spending all the Lindt profits) - bigger than Christmas to some. There are always 4 days holiday for most folks compared to 1 day at Christmas.

When i first experienced it I was overwhelmed by the amount if Easter decor, egg dying/marbling/airbrushing kits, chocolate rabbits, Easter trees, chicken statues and sheep shape cakes around.

Now I think it's great.

Trazzletoes Tue 26-Mar-13 23:16:17

Didn't really used to get chocolate eggs. My DM would buy us an item of clothing each. She does it for the DCs now.

I don't have a problem with it. It's usually just a t-shirt or something. I think DD. is getting a couple of sleep suits because she needs them.

KurriKurri Tue 26-Mar-13 23:32:01

In my family it is traditional to give an egg that is the same size as the recipient. Bad enough when the kids were young, but now they are grown up, I sometimes struggle. Imagine my relief when I managed to snap up the last six foot, fourteen stone egg in Thorntons.

DS will be chuffed as hell.

mathanxiety Wed 27-Mar-13 01:58:35

The DCs are getting mini eggs unless I eat them all before the big day (distinct possibility). If that happens they will have to be happy with nail polish and hair things. I posted a chocolate bunny to DS (in university and unable to get home) as he isn't interested in nail polish and would interpret hair things as a comment on how his hair is prematurely thinning.

We always got new clothes for Easter when I was growing up. DS totally uninterested in that though. We did get Easter eggs but not loads. One from parents and one from each grandmother. I was brought up in catholic Ireland and we spent a lot of time in church coming up to Easter. Even did the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday voluntarily. I grew out of that bit!

Now DS gets an egg and some other chocolate bits and pieces. He is a bit peeved this year as we are going to stay with friends so he is worried it won't be the same as at home. Two days a year he is allowed chocolate for breakfast - Xmas day and Easter Sunday.

I did an Easter egg hunt in Budapest one year. We had friends over for lunch. It was unseasonably hot and all the chocolate melted. Never bothered again.

I do have some lovely painted eggs from Bulgaria and Hungary that I hang from some branches in a vase.

No presents here although I'm glad DS hasn't seen the ad about the laptop for Easter!

PurplePidjin Wed 27-Mar-13 03:28:32

Ds is 4mo

Dp is super healthy and doesn't like chocolate

I can't have anything with caffeine in because it gives ds gripe <quiet sob>

Somy mum bought us a microwave on the sainsburys points instead as ours is kaput.

Rock n rooooooooooooll hmm

Pennybubbly Wed 27-Mar-13 03:39:56

Will no-one think of the bunnies?

[wrings hands]

Pennybubbly Wed 27-Mar-13 03:45:43

Actually, fuck it. Present-buying is ace.
I was brought up in a religious household (easter bunny? Meh!) and Easter was a time for celebration, so we did get presents.
Nowt big, just a fiver's worth or so.

Now I live abroad where no-one has a clue about Easter, so I'm quids in with my DC. No eggs, no presents, no explanation required.

[Smug]

Pennybubbly Wed 27-Mar-13 03:48:00

[misses point of thread]

GreenLeafTea Wed 27-Mar-13 03:56:26

My mum told me that last year my sil was staying with her for Easter. My sil woke up early and covered one armchair in the living room with presents for one of her daughters and the other armchair with presents for the other daughter. Chocolate eggs, toys, clothes, she must have spent hundreds. And sil is one of those people who are always complaining they are broke.

noviceoftheday Wed 27-Mar-13 06:18:37

Dc1 is 4 and doesn't like chocolate. Dc2 is almost 2 and i haven't introduced chocolate. They had more toys than Hamleys at Christmas so we put some away and they will get them on Easter Sunday. We are doing an Easter egg hunt at home and that's what they will find. Easter is a time of celebration so we have been making decorations, crafty things (bonnets, bunnies and ears), biscuits and cards with the dcs, same as at Christmas!

vvviola Wed 27-Mar-13 06:43:58

We're going to be travelling on Easter Sunday so I think the Easter Bunny will come on Good Friday instead. my entire staunchly catholic family are shuddering I'd imagine!

I've bought DD1 a big kinder egg, my parents left a small buttons egg and sent a pack of mini chocolate eggs. The Easter bunny will take all of them (plus maybe a few more) and via DH do a treasure map and hide them about the house. The major excitement will be the map & hunt.

DD2 is only 18 months so doesn't get it all and also has a dairy allergy, so she is getting a soft toy instead. I may try to get a small dairy freeegg for me to eat her so that DD1 thinks she's part of the whole thing.

It's very hard being a chocoholic who can't eat chocolate at Easter. Maybe I should try to convince DH to buy me an Easter present, never mind the kids!

We will buy the dcs an egg each but dn will get a book and my dsis will buy each of mine a book.

mathanxiety Wed 27-Mar-13 16:33:29

One year in the early 70s a family friend who was a member of the Communist Party of Ireland gave us a big box of Red October chocolates as a souvenir of her visit to the CCCP. Dad thought getting commie chocolates for Easter was highly ironic and I wondered why the lettering on the box was all backwards and upside down confused but of course we demolished them (I wouldn't eat dark chocolate back then)..

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