Aibu to wonder why people treat Easter and Christmas as competitions to out weigh other parents?

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M0naLisa Sun 31-Mar-13 13:19:10

First off my boys of 6 & 5 got an egg each from me and DH worth £4. Ds3 who's 17 weeks got a £5 soft teddy bear/sheep. That's it.

They got a further 5 eggs from family.

On Facebook (I know) people posting pictures of what's the 'Easter Bunny' left. (I am guilty of this too but mines a normal picture of chocolate eggs wink)
Most pictures ive seen today had wrapped pregnant a stacked high, bikes, skateboards, scooters and massive eggs the size of a house - for a 4 year old.

Then you've got people applying saying they are sad they haven't spoilt their little ones as they've only bought them 3 eggs each and colouring books, socks and DVDs.

I thought kids received chocolate at Easter.
I also used to receive a cross from folded beige palm paper (or something) can't remember the name now.

M0naLisa Sun 31-Mar-13 13:20:22

Sorry posted too soon.

Aibu to think its not a bloody competition?
That's what celebrations feel like these days

Look you bought your DC these for Christmas but look at our living room - ceiling to floor of presents for our 6mths old wink

pinkyredrose Sun 31-Mar-13 13:20:47

had wrapped pregnant a stacked high confused

Trills Sun 31-Mar-13 13:23:12

Who are these people?

missboring Sun 31-Mar-13 13:30:53

Someone posted on Facebook that their 4 year old was disappointed they didn't have a room full of presents to open shock

giveitago Sun 31-Mar-13 13:41:37

It's not a competition - it's the culture of the shite called 'facebook'.

I'm not on fb thank goodness, my kids got a £4 egg each and some cheap tiny chocolate bunnies and eggs for a hunt, they are thrilled -until they go back to school and compare notes no doubt-- Do people really give easter presents confused

Housemum Sun 31-Mar-13 13:45:38

Never heard of Easter presents, other than perhaps Easter theme craft kit or a cuddly bunny/rabbit instead of an egg - since when have scooters & skateboards appeared? And the papery cross was prob a Palm Sunday cross where they bless palm leaves and if you are not as cack handed as me you can actually follow the YouTube instructions and make a cross, mine just break!

squeakytoy Sun 31-Mar-13 13:47:02

I have loads of friends with kids and apart from one person posting a pic of her two kids eating an egg, I havent seen any pictures of egg mountains or skateboards etc...

SkinnybitchWannabe Sun 31-Mar-13 13:49:50

YANBU I totally agree, Im friends with a school mum on fb (and in RL!) and she is always bragging about everything.
She even put a receipt on fb this week showing how much shes paying for her holiday, and I wont even go into how her 10 year old pfb has the brain of a 14 year old!!

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 31-Mar-13 13:53:52

Do what I do and don't give a shiny shit what other people do.

It is really liberating.

I am told it is rude, but who cares? I'm freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
grin

kinkyfuckery Sun 31-Mar-13 13:55:27

Seriously? I've not witnessed the Easter Egg competitions.

I got my two (4 and almost-8) an Easter Egg set (one Mario, one Disney Princess) with an egg, a Kit Kat type wafer sweet and some marshmallows for £1.99 each in Home Bargains. I got my niece (almost-7) a chocolate 'decorate your own egg' slab (easier than an egg for sending through post), and my nephew (almost 10 months) a fluffy chick teddy and a bit of white chocolate.

Bikes, skateboards and DVDs? Yeah, ok.

Misfit13 Sun 31-Mar-13 13:55:57

Yep, my newsfeed is full of it. My nephews are posed in front of the fireplace, which is draped with bunny/egg/chicks bunting, surrounded by a mountain of chocolate eggs/chocolate bunnies/chocolate chicks. Just to the edge of the scene is a vase of twigs on to which decorated eggs have been speared.
My 3 year old doesn't know it's Easter. He knows we made chocolate cornflake cakes on Good Friday - nursery was closed so I felt obliged to do 'a activity'.
I'm not tight, I just don't really 'get' it :/

christinarossetti Sun 31-Mar-13 13:58:06

I bought a packed of small chocolate eggs from Lidl, me and Dh ate most of them, then put a dozen or so around the living room for dc to find this morning.

Plenty, in my book.

M0naLisa Sun 31-Mar-13 14:00:14

Honestly Easter presents.
A friend posted a pic of her son stood in the kitchen with a mountain of eggs and a new bike. People asking if if was his birthday today and she replied no its for Easter!!!

Arisbottle Sun 31-Mar-13 14:00:15

I have FB and a house full of chocolate, not aware of any competition other than competitive not buying eggs - which only exists on here anyway.

Misfit13 Sun 31-Mar-13 14:00:45

an activity
Oh, and I gave my 19y old a tenner. He probably assumed it was an Easter present. It wasn't, particularly, I just wanted him to go out!

MimiSunshine Sun 31-Mar-13 14:01:20

Who knows why some people need to validate their existence by posting pictures of what they or their kids got for Easter (and Christmas) but clearly you do because you did it as well, but you seem to think that's not 'competing' because its a "normal picture of chocolate eggs". hmm

OestraJen Sun 31-Mar-13 14:03:01

We gave DD her birthday bike today so that she has it for cycling proficiency when she goes back to school.

We gave DS a DVD box set. Didn't bother getting the baby anything because he's a baby.

Two eggs each.

And I posted them on FB to share with my friends because that's what I do. Not to brag, not to make people feel indequate (wtf?) but because I take lots of photos of my DC and like to share them with my friends.

All but a few of my FB friends are my actual RL friends and not just randoms I've added to bump the numbers (I think there are maybe five MNers on there who I don't actaully know personally).

If you don't like it, you can always hide people.

Really, this attitude says much more about you than them. Most people are being festive and cheery. Not braggy.

BlackMaryJanes Sun 31-Mar-13 14:03:30

My 2 toddlers got the following each:

a character eggcup.
a character spoon, bowl, mug and egg set.

I'm happy with that. We're going out for a meal now.

Arisbottle Sun 31-Mar-13 14:05:12

I live in a world where I quite like my FB friends and quite like to see what they are up to, that includes seeing scrummy pictures of children with cute decorated eggs or chocolate stained chins. Heck if they got a bike and are chuffed I would happily see that to.

uncongenial Sun 31-Mar-13 14:09:04

I've never seen or heard of Easter presents as you've described. Excepting stuffed bunnies and chicks, egg cups, that sort of thing.
It's really interesting, though, I wonder why they do it?

OestraJen Sun 31-Mar-13 14:09:30

Exactly Aris.

I can't say I've ever looked at a FB photo of presents, or new things or a holiday and thought, 'what a braggy bastard. that makes me feel bad about me. Boo hoo.'

I tend to just think, oh how lovely for my friends.

It's all very sad this.

Happy Easter sad

Jacksterbear Sun 31-Mar-13 14:09:50

We bought the dcs a DVD and a paint-your-own Eater bunny kit each, as well as eggs, but only because we were attempting to buy a few minutes' peace, tbh!

WorraLiberty Sun 31-Mar-13 14:10:03

I can't think why for the life of me anyone would want to put photos like that on FB...including yourself OP.

But I accept everyone's different.

Therefore, YABU to not accept that too.

Basically you're saying it's ok to put 'normal pictures of chocolate eggs' on FB...but nothing more?

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