When Did Easter Turn Into Christmas?

When Did Easter Turn Into Christmas?

April 1, 2015|Posted in: Holidays, Random Observations

Over the weekend, a friend who teaches elementary school told me that one of her students gave his parents a list of what he wanted for Easter.

I think I actually had her repeat that statement, because I couldn’t believe what she had just said.

Store circulars from Wal-Mart, Target, and every other mass retailer are all blasting toy and gadget sales from their colorful, shiny pages.

Every store you walk into has aisles and aisles filled with “basket fillers” – loads of cheap junk that will likely get lost under the couch faster than you can say “entitled.”

You want to know what filled my basket as a kid?

Jellybeans. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. A chocolate cross. A book. Maybe a new outfit for my Barbie dolls, handmade by Mom. Maybe some bubbles or new crayons. And I was THRILLED about it. I could not WAIT to dig through those wads of shredded plastic grass, scooping out the lost jellybeans or chocolate eggs like they were buried treasure.

I did not “ask” for Easter gifts or “demand” that the overstuffed bunny brings me a new expensive gift. I knew that “asking” for gifts came only two times a year: once, on our birthdays, and then again for Christmas, where my brother and I sat at the dining room table with the JCPenney catalog and determinedly circled the toys we hoped Santa would bring.

Easter meant putting on our Sunday best, going to church, having a meal at my grandparents’ house, and sneaking candy all day long.

With my daughter, we’ll be putting on our Sunday best, going to church, having a meal with my relatives, and sneaking candy all day long.

Her basket will be filled with candy, a few small toys, books, and, of course, a chocolate cross.

Not an iPod, or a $60 life-sized talking Elsa doll.

Whether you’re religious or spiritual or not, it seems to me that society has done gone mad. With each passing year, our holidays are becoming more commercialized and are losing the whole reason for the season. No matter what your views are on religion and humanity, Easter, to me, is not just about jellybeans and toys and waiting for the Bunny (although those things are both fun and nice). It’s about resurrection, rebirth, renewal and spending time with the people you love.

Agree? Disagree? Sound off below and share your thoughts!

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26 Comments

  1. Susan
    April 1, 2015

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    Amen, Amen!! I don’t have much to add I feel you said it all…..but I am with you Mama!

  2. Jen
    April 1, 2015

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    Once again, you nailed it! Great piece on a very real subject!

    • onecommittedmama
      April 1, 2015

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      Thank you! I had to get it out of my system – I just can’t understand it!

  3. Desiree
    April 1, 2015

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    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!

    • onecommittedmama
      April 1, 2015

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      Haha – you bet! It’s nice to know I’m not alone in this view!

  4. Nikki
    April 1, 2015

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    Couldn’t agree more!

    • onecommittedmama
      April 1, 2015

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      Thank you! So glad I’m not the only one!

  5. Debbie
    April 1, 2015

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    Egg-zactly!! Glad to hear that others feel the same way!

  6. Shannon Koch (Jammin' With Shannon)
    April 1, 2015

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    1000000% agree! One year I simply printed the Lord Prayer on pretty paper and put in it a Dollar store picture frame for each of the kids. Chocolate, peeps, and maybe a small toy such as bubbles or chalk when they were little. Small necklace or something now they are older. They also get a new outfit for church. I know people who make it into Christmas 2 and it’s over the top.

    • onecommittedmama
      April 2, 2015

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      “Christmas 2” is exactly right! I love your ideas!

  7. Mandie
    April 1, 2015

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    I am with you 100%!!!! This is getting out of hand!
    We are not religious, but celebrate Easter as the welcoming of spring in our household.

    Our girl’s basket will have a few surprises, but nothing crazy… she is getting the new super hero barbie doll along with a a dress up costume to match it a cute stuffed baby chick (it was just to fluffy and sweet to pass up for $2!) a new coloring book and a few eggs filled with chocolates and jelly beans… that is it! Enough to brighten her day and make it special, but certainly not what they are pushing in the commercials these days!

    This stuff needs to stop before we all go broke just trying to keep up and our children grow up expecting the world to hand them everything they want just because they want it!

    • onecommittedmama
      April 2, 2015

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      Thank you! E wants the superhero Barbie SO BAD. Haha! She’ll be jealous! We thought about getting Barbie as a surprise for her basket, but she’s actually saving up the marbles in her marble jar for her (she gets marbles for chores, being extra helpful/kind, learning her math/reading stuff, etc.). Once the jar is filled up, she gets to swap them out for cold hard cash and buy Barbie…since she’s already on that path, we figured we would just let it ride. 😉

  8. Rob
    April 3, 2015

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    This stuff went on in the ’60s. It tended to be more about clothing, but they were pushing toys, too. The ads were huge in the newspapers.

    It used to be everything you wore to church on Easter was supposed to be new. In our family, you had to have one new item you had never worn before.

    It was the American version of Potlatch, I guess.

    • onecommittedmama
      April 3, 2015

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      I hear ya! I grew up in the ’70s and ’80s and I remember a little of it — but I think what bugs me the most is how kids are actually making LISTS for Easter like they do for Christmas. Also, the gifts have gotten so much more “sophisticated” — instead of Stretch Armstrong, they’re asking for iPad minis. 😉

  9. Kelly
    April 3, 2015

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    Yes & yes! This year we started doing (low key) first day of spring baskets so we can focus on church, Jesus and family / friends on easter.

    • onecommittedmama
      April 6, 2015

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      That’s a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  10. John
    April 4, 2015

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    Well… I just planned on writing you in for U.S. President. I agree 100% My kids still get minimal goodies in a basket. I have held firm despite, when they were younger, their mom going overboard on Easter gifts.

    So I’m against Easter Gifts.. unless the somehow become a tax deduction! Good post.

    • onecommittedmama
      April 6, 2015

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      Haha! Thanks so much – your comment made me chuckle! :)

  11. Kristin
    April 9, 2015

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    Sing it sister!!! Couldn’t agree more!!

    • onecommittedmama
      April 9, 2015

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      Thank you! It’s crazy how out of hand it’s gotten!

  12. Christina
    March 27, 2016

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    I googled this exact question because I knew I couldn’t possibly be the only person that felt this way..so glad I came across your blog. Thank you! So happy to know I’m not alone.

  13. Diane Kronsberg
    March 29, 2016

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    Guess I’m not alone! A hollow chocolate bunny and an filled plastic egg all around this year.You get a bunny! And You get a bunny! We all get a bunny! Happy Easter!

  14. SK Ward
    April 3, 2017

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    Our 5 kids are all older 13-22 but we continue our tradition of a family gift of a new game to play together & renewal of our zoo membership. I buy discount candy after Easter. We serve our community & celebrate at church. We spend time together & make memories. #diecommercialism #entitleWHAT?

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