Doing the Bunny Hop

I opened my mailbox the other day to find this magazine.  Do you see the tag line at the bottom?

Build A Bigger, Better Basket. Over $80 In Coupons Inside

Inside the magazine is a kid’s dream world.  Fisher-Price Smart Tablets, Toy Story 3 characters, DVD Combo sets, Battery Powered Ride-On Toys, and yes, even Dream-Come-True Bedroom Collections.

I don’t know who does the marketing for this particular store, but my hat is off to them.  (Ok, I don’t wear hats, but if I did, I would tip mine to them.  I wouldn’t actually take it off since I’ve seen hat-head.  It’s not attractive.)  They’ve done a fabulous job enticing us to buy all sorts of (not so cheap) goodies for our little ones.  The pictures depict happy kids, living the high life since their Easter basket was, in fact, bigger and better.

I don’t know about you, but I’m doing the bunny hop this year: I’m hopping right over all of that craziness.

Now, before you think I’m going to deprive my kids of Easter fun, let me put your mind at ease.  The Lovejoy’s will wake up to fun-filled baskets.  We’ll hunt Easter eggs filled with candy.  Several times.  I’m simply keeping our focus a little more on Jesus and a little less on “bigger and better.”

Instead of the sports or beach themed baskets I see so prevalently displayed at my local big box store, we’re going old school.  We’re actually going to celebrate God.  Go figure.  Music and books will make an appearance – my kids actually love that stuff.  Rubber bracelets with cool sayings will be stuffed in an egg or two.  If it will help them know God better or just have fun with faith, I’ll throw it in.  My goal?  Teach my kids about God’s great love for them.  Oh, and since chocolate is one of His greatest creations, there will be plenty of Reese’s Cups nestled down in the plastic grass.

Why not join me in the bunny hop?  Cut the craziness! Don’t fall victim to thinking your kids need bigger and better baskets.  What they need is God.  He’s all the “bigger and better” they’ll (and you’ll) ever need.

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7 thoughts on “Doing the Bunny Hop

  1. April says:

    We do the bunny hop every year! I had a lady in a store several years ago chastise me in front of my (then) 6yo daughter for depriving my children of the Easter Bunny. The clerk heard it, and congratulated me on my quick self-defense: “We celebrate our risen savior, Jesus Christ, not a rabbit!”. My children recieve baskets, we sometimes hunt eggs. But the gifts and eggs come from mom and dad. It’s about Jesus. Nothing else!

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  2. Lizette says:

    I totally agree with you. Last year was the first time I made my daughter a basket and I was about to go crazy with it. Then I realized, going crazy meant spending a lot of money, which we don’t have in the first place. So, I kept it simple, bought a few candies, a toy and. Veggie takes book. Also, before we did our egg hunt we went through the resurrection eggs with her and she loved it!

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  3. Shoshana says:

    Hi Tricia, I wish every mother would know what I didn’t know when my kids were little. When the one known as Jesus resurrected the only ones to celebrate Easter were the followers of the goddess Ishtar associated with the bunnies and the eggs, originally died with the blood of sacrificed babies. Yeshua (Jesus) observed Passover, same as all of them did till Rome changed that. He is our sacrificial lamb who willingly laid His life for us and should not be associated with the pagan symbols of a fertility goddess.
    Blessings in His name

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