Here’s the deal:  Easter is not Christmas.

There is no “Easter Tree” to put presents under and there definitely are not “Easter Eve” traditions we must follow.  All religious beliefs aside, Easter shouldn’t be all about getting gifts and entertaining the kids, right?

Why should I go out and buy 1,000 gifts to present to my children on Easter morning?  My Easter bunny got the memo that he isn’t Santa Claus.  Seriously, bunnies are small anyways, so any child who puts any thought into this should already know they will not get much from such a small creature; it’s just not feasible.  There’s no sleigh to cart around gifts, just two paws, right?  Don’t even get me started on the kits being sold now that make it look like a bunny jumped all over your hardwood floors, I can’t even go there.

There needs to be a separation of holidays.

When did Easter gift giving become such an elaborate thing?  Am I the only one who is standing up to the Easter pressure?

Remember when Easter was about going to church and then to your Aunt’s house for a lunch and an egg hunt?  I do.  I remember getting a chocolate bunny and a cute Easter basket filled with candy and maybe a Troll or a Barbie.  That was it.  I remember searching for my dyed eggs that I left out for the Easter bunny to hide the night before.  They didn’t open, they were actual eggs.  I now look back and think about how upset my Grandma must have been to discover old hard boiled eggs weeks later in her house that we had been unable to find.  Sorry Grandma!

Somehow our generation has felt the need to ramp up Easter.  Maybe Pinterest is to blame?

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for Grandparents spoiling the kids on Easter with presents and cute baskets.  I also LOVE when the kids go to their Grandparents’ house and get to partake in an egg hunt designed especially for them.  That’s perfect and much appreciated.  It’s those memories I enjoy making.

What I don’t like is the pressure being put on us moms to make Easter a huge, sensational event.

There will not be a fortune spent on lavish gifts from the Easter bunny at my house.  I want Easter to remain a holiday with family and a time to reflect on what’s important, maybe the real meaning for Easter.

When my daughter asked if she should make a list for the Easter Bunny I darn near fell out of my chair.  Is this a thing??!  Where did she even get such an idea?  No, there are no lists to be made, and you’ll be lucky if the bunny can carry both of the baskets you’re hoping arrive for you and your brother.  Seriously people, these kids are getting so spoiled.

Of course, when she asked me if she still needed to be good for the Easter bunny to come, I said “yes” without hesitation.  Why break what works?  I’m pretty sure anyone in my same position would do the same.

Places like Target and Hobby Lobby have gone too far.  If you must sell a million Easter themed items, please have the decency to keep them in the back of the store, preferably in a closed off section labeled “Parent’s Only.”  Feel free to stop advertising Easter specials on the radio and on television commercials too.  My kids don’t need to hear about all of this, and I don’t need to keep explaining that Easter isn’t Christmas.

Am I the equivalent of an “Easter Grinch?”  Maybe, but I’ll take that title if standing up to the Easter pressure means this.

Here’s to scaling back and putting more emphasis on the deviled eggs and family than the Easter morning surprises.