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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.

uncongenial Sun 31-Mar-13 23:36:08

Seconding that! I think that's exactly right, sweetiepie.

MiniEggsJumpedInMyBasket Sun 31-Mar-13 23:06:41

Well said, sweetiepie

sweetiepie1979 Sun 31-Mar-13 22:53:36

It sounds like the company you keep. My friends all bought chocolate rabbits and went for walks in the botanical gardens with our children. I've never heard if Easter presents! I too think its facebook I
Not on it, as far as I can make out its for people who want to show off and try to not look like they might have a normal life it's all insecurity and a bit sad.

Altinkum Sun 31-Mar-13 19:15:51

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Rosa Sun 31-Mar-13 18:44:17

Nothing on my FB page the odd pic of eggs in a hunt but nothing OTT ...just some happy smiley faces....

whosiwhatsit Sun 31-Mar-13 18:41:47

Just checked my fb feed. A couple of pictures of kids who received soft toys and some with egss but apart from that no kids with gifts and no bragging, PLUS one photo of a cutesy bunny cake violently stabbed with a massive kitchen knife which I disturbingly found quite hilarious. I have weeded out my fb friends list quite ruthlessly and am pleased with the result!

SneezingwakestheJesus Sun 31-Mar-13 18:32:12

If someone's pictures on Facebook make you feel like its a competition, I think that says more about you than them. Loads of the mums on my fb have posted egg pictures today and I don't feel like they are starting a competition. They are just sharing their Easter the way they share pics of everything else.

eggerlicious Sun 31-Mar-13 18:28:07

Two eggs each here too! They do save the eggs for a month or two, but they don't have sweet teeth and there's really no need for any more.

MiniEggsJumpedInMyBasket Sun 31-Mar-13 18:18:38

I don't go on FB much but had a look this morning and sure enough my feed was full up of photos of Easter 'presents'; Ipads, bikes, stacks of wrapped gifts. It's bonkers! It is those same FB friends that post photo after photo at Xmas of stacks of wrapped presents and statuses about how much it all cost!

RatPants Sun 31-Mar-13 17:31:19

Misfit that's exactly what my dh is like. He has done very well for himself and can afford it but always has to have the best of everything, latest gadget etc and so do the dc and it's all down to his underprivileged childhood and the horrible time of things he had as a youngster. I catch it now and then in him and it breaks my heart.

FinnTheHuman Sun 31-Mar-13 17:19:06

I am wondering how the supermarkets have been selling out of eggs, when it appears that so many are determinedly not buying eggs.

As it happens DH had a mad but fruitless trawl around the shops yesterday to find some. We were really grateful to his parents and sister who had thought ahead and left a large present bag for each of the children with enough chocolate in to make them properly ill.

wonderingsoul Sun 31-Mar-13 16:09:25

I normally just get them one or two eggs but this year I did Easter hunt with smaller eggs. As well as two medium eggs.

Also got them. A cars sing a long CD with book. And Roland Darlh10 books audio cds. I had been wanting to buy them for a while but used Easter to give me a 'reason' to buy it. They are both nov ans ddec births so I like to use any excuse.

I also don't see the problem with posting pictures on Fb. I would have taken a photo of it to keep any way. Just happens I upload. Most photos to Fb so I don't lose them on my phone.

bizzey Sun 31-Mar-13 15:38:54

Well I must be the "Bah humbug" of Easter then !!! My dc's got a kinder egg each before they went to stay with in laws .....1 dc stayed with me (didn't want to go )
(GP'S will get them something)

Sitting room needs a good sort out so I have hidden little eggs around to find while sorting through boxes and piles of tat !!!!

Dc keeps asking "when can we tidy the sitting room ?" blush

bizzey Sun 31-Mar-13 15:33:50

Well I must be the "Bah humbug" of Easter then !!! My dc's got a kinder egg each before they went to stay with in laws .....1 dc stayed with me (didn't) want to go )
(who will get them something)

Sitting room needs a good sort out so I have hidden little eggs around to find while sorting through boxes and piles of tat !!!!

Dc keeps asking "when can we tidy the sitting room ?" blush

slatternlymother Sun 31-Mar-13 15:29:04

But starfish does his grandma see him very often? I'm sure when I have GC's <hopeful> that I'll spoil them too smile

starfishmummy Sun 31-Mar-13 15:24:05

Ds got a 99p egg (he's not fond of chocolate) and he will be getting a set of the Dr who stamps when they arrive.
Grandma the other hand has spent about £40 on him.

slatternlymother Sun 31-Mar-13 15:23:33

Meh, I bought DS who's 2 a scooter because he's got barely any family other than us and hasn't had much in the way of that. He's wanted one since he's been able to walk properly, and we wanted to treat him. I'd rather give him a gift than mountains of chocolate, and it's getting to the season where we're starting to be outdoors a bit more. His birthday is in October as well, so not much scope to get it for him for his birthday.

It isn't always about showing off, sometimes it's a genuine opportunity to get them something nice, especially if their birthdays are miles away. I always feel like getting them outdoor equipment at Christmas can be a bit of a waste, since its a good few months until they can get out there and use it.

Fluffy1234 Sun 31-Mar-13 15:23:01

simplesusan, what are you talking about?

HallelujahHeisRisen Sun 31-Mar-13 15:21:02

the children's dad did not buy them an easter egg, nor did i. we discussed it together and have little eggs for an easter egg hunt and eggs from paternal grandpa. maternal grandmother is getting more little eggs for a hunt at her house/garden. they got eggs from church/party/neighbour so are not missing out. they are still getting though christmas chocolate... we just do not eat that much chocolate.

it does not follow thata children with separated parents get overly spoiled

StateofConfusion Sun 31-Mar-13 15:20:09

i got the baby a learn and groove, who cares, it may look ott but it cost £10 on ebay. I don't understand why people care.

JugglingFromHereToThere Sun 31-Mar-13 15:18:47

HaHa OP!

Yes, I remember being quite impressed at being given a palm cross at church on Palm Sunday. Those were the days !

DS went out to the Co-op yesterday with a tenner and came home with a small chocolate egg for us all, which we've all enjoyed this morning.
There was change !

DC's have been quite happy today skate-boarding in park (DS), arranging my bunch of Easter flowers more artfully (DD), and pottering in the garden.

Mind you DD did invite a few friends out last night to the local roller skating disco for a little birthday outing/party. We had chocolate cake, pringles, home made samosas, and lemonade.
Even that was less than £50

Some people are just a bit crazy when it comes to material goods !

threesypeesy Sun 31-Mar-13 15:17:28

Well that's a sweeping generalization i am happily married to Dh the father of my 3dcs and we love to over indulge, neither of us are from less well off or broken homes either and were over indulged children so parents just like their dcs to have nice things not through guilt

uncongenial Sun 31-Mar-13 15:15:50

But at least you know why you're doing it, Jins. A summer toy from the Easter bunny.

UniqueAndAmazing Sun 31-Mar-13 15:15:48

dd is a december birthday so we'll be celebrating her june baptism as a "church birthday" but not with huge pressies.
probably lashes and ashes.

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