You know I'm new to all of this. All of this holiday stuff. This past Christmas was the first year Daphne was old enough to anticipate Christmas, ask questions, remember what we told her, and establish traditions that she would come to expect in the future. So I wanted to make sure I did things "right" so that I wouldn't have to undo anything next year or explain why Santa's behavior had drastically changed, etc.
Well, I found the same thing true of Easter this year. She talked about the Easter bunny for over a month before Easter. Although, she actually couldn't remember the Easter part or the bunny party, only that there was candy involved. Every few days after I told her about Easter, she would crook her index finger over and bounce her hand and say "Mommy, what's that animal?" I would look at her like she was smoking crack and say, "What's what animal? What are you talking about??" Because I honestly had no idea what she was talking about. And then she would say something about candy, and I would finally realize she was asking about the Easter Bunny.
So when it finally got close to Easter this year, I had the same dilemma that came to mind about Christmas. How do I differentiate between the religious and commercial parts of the holiday? How do I explain about Jesus and still fit in the Easter bunny? I had explained to Daphne about Jesus dying and coming back alive several times. But when I quizzed her on Easter morning about it why we have Easter, she said, "So the Easter Bunny can bring me chocolate!" And when I reminded her about Jesus, she said, "Is Jesus the Easter Bunny?" No. "Does He live with the Easter Bunny?" No. "Well, does He make the candy?" No. Well, not directly. Anyway, she seemed confused. And there lies the problem.
So, any advice on how to clear this issue up?