When to Stop Visiting the Easter Bunny

My kids love candy and they’re savvy enough to continue talking up the Easter Bunny to ensure a basket filled with goodies appears on Easter morning. Yet this year, with kids ages nine and five, I think it may be time to wrap up another annual tradition: pictures with the mall Easter Bunny.

I have no plans to cut out our annual Santa photo, which I expect to do until my kids protest, but the annual Easter Bunny photo is less important. Bringing my kids to the mall to sit with a giant, furry bunny is kind of humorous, but my kids have no illusion that this is the real Easter Bunny (one know the deal, the other does not), which means we’re paying $20+ and a lot of effort to take a funny photo that will be trotted out when the kids are adults. When my kids were younger, I dressed them in their Easter clothes to see the bunny, but now, they’ll both wear jeans and look like they rolled out of bed just in time for the picture. Is this really something I need to remember for the ages?

The email came today from the Stanford Shopping Center, with a link to dates and times for the Easter bunny, and my initial response was to look at the calendar to schedule our visit, but after a pause, the question of why sank in. We may go and do it one last year. My youngest still believes, and for him, I should continue the holiday hype. As long as the kids are willing, I should let the tradition continue.

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