Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Spring Is Almost Here!

We're going to be doing all sorts of spring activities next week. I LOVE the beginning of spring. The weather here generally cooperates, although not always... grr... and it's so much fun to take walks and look at new flowers and birds and greenery. I love tulips and daffodils and hyacinths and irises and baby bunnies and chocolate ones too!

My family is ... I don't like to say religious. That has such a negative, holy-roller kind of connotation to me. Anyway, we take Easter pretty seriously around here, and I love talking to my own kids about Jesus and what He did for us. As a teacher though, I know not everybody follows those beliefs and I want to be respectful about differing opinions. I've found that the thing that works best for me is to completely separate Easter and spring. My kids get their "spring baskets" on March 20/21 for the first day of spring. We do our spring egg hunt then, and talk about chicks and bunnies and all the cutesy sugary section of the holiday then. Then that leaves Easter open to be more focused on Biblical content. I want them to be able to have all the chocolate bunnies and silly stuff that goes along with the secular part of the season, but I'm just not comfortable with mixing the two things so closely. Spring is great for egg hunts and peeps. Easter is for Jesus. We do lots of Holy Week stuff at my church. Just not the egg hunt. We do our own.

I know that's pretty different from what most people consider "normal", and I'm okay with that. :) My kids don't do the Easter bunny. (or Santa either, for that matter, but that's a whole 'nother story...) They know that I pick the things to go in their baskets, although they are under super strict orders to not spoil the fun for their friends. It's usually not an issue since they get their baskets a few weeks ahead or behind everyone else. Little kids don't connect the two events that closely for awhile.

Anyhow... all that to say, we're going to be having our Spring Egg Hunt soon. Since spring break is next week and I am not sure who will be here that Friday, we'll be doing it on Monday, March 22. If it's nice it will be outside. If not, in the playroom. There will be lots of fun activities and that's when we'll do all the typical stuff that usually happens around Easter. And then we're closed on April 2 for Good Friday.

I'm weird. I know. :) But it works for me.


Shoeaddict said...

Since I do some things differently with Sugar, I respect you SO much for all of these differences.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting perspective! While I do celebrate the holidays with the daycare kids, I stick to the very secular parts of them. We keep the religious parts for our family as well. Since I don't advertise as being a Christian daycare and I don't know exactly what the daycare families beliefs are...I just leave it alone.

GeeGee said...

I think that is a wonderful way to show the distinction. Kuddoes to you for such a thoughtful AND well thought out plan. I love it.