Mine still love making Easter 'Bastards' and egg and bunny nests, but Mr 10, at least, is well aware that the real bunny has two-legs instead of four, is far less hairy, and has a tendency to fall over if she attempts to hop.
I'm pretty sure he has shared the knowledge with his little sister, but she is happy to go along with my vague subject changes, possibly in the hope of getting some extra shiny things on Easter Sunday.
Of the three of us, she's also the only one who likes Hot Cross Buns (only the chocolate ones mind), though there was a day when I shared some with her, gave into their chocolatey goodness, and discovered why she loves them so. (They are definitely off the menu for me now though, because yeast and I just don't get along very well. Sorry for the overshare).
Despite all this, Miss 8 still recalls a time when she woke up and saw her Dad creeping into her room with the eggs and bunnies.
We got past that one by saying that of course Mummy and Daddy buy the kids eggs too, and whatever the bunny brings is a bonus.
But I think she smells a rat. Or bunny.
Anyway, my kids don't actually eat a lot of chocolate, even at Easter. My 10 is anaphylactic to tree nuts and allergic to all nuts, so we have to be careful what chocolate he eats anyway. There are a few companies who can guarantee their chocolate is nut-free, and candy eggs have never really cut it with my kids.
And if they don't eat all their eggs, I can't help out, because I'm still battling The Boombah.
And thank God, I went off chocolate a long time ago, so I no longer enjoy it. (Unless it is Lindt, Cadbury, and/or in the form of a gelato).
We hate waste, so this year I asked the kids if they wanted an egg/duckie/bunny from me, or a toy instead. And they've both gone for the toy.
Great minds think alike, because my brother and sister-in-law had already decided to do the same.
But sis-in-law went one better. She came up with the idea of Easter Bags - bags of goodies to keep the kids busy during the school holidays.
We all loved it.
Miss 8's bag contained:
Some lovely books and soft toys
A very lifelike bunny
Some timeless Easter stories
C. with his own stuffed toys (he collects them, so is not yet too old). Plus some Roald Dahl and Pokemon goodness. (I would have taken more photos of Mr 10 but in a camera-shy moment, he refused).
Despite their grown-up thoughts, I have a feeling the kids will still appreciate some aspects of a good old-fashioned Easter.
I plan on making our own hot choc buns plus the traditional Easter bunny biscuits, and a few other treats. Of course, the kids will be involved.
Seafood on Good Friday, a little church, and an Easter egg hunt on the Sunday. Hopefully, we'll have the chance to visit with family and friends too, though most of them are camping so I suspect it will be a picnic or barbecue for lunch rather than the traditional roast.
Readers, how do you plan on celebrating Easter?