How To Explain Easter to a Toddler

This will be the third Easter I’ve spent with my two and a half year old son, the second one he is actively participating in. Last year we had family round and he unquestionably went with the flow, trailing round after his cousins in my inaugural Easter Egg hunt. This year everything has more meaning in his life, there are associations that need to be made with this holiday and inevitably there are questions…well one question in particular, ‘what is Easter Mummy?’.

Um.

I launched in without thinking – perhaps a bit too much too soon – with a glorious monologue of death, symbolic rebirth, Spring, bunnies and chocolate. Chocolate got his attention but I didn’t think that was quite satisfactory. And so I got thinking, how on earth do people explain this Pagan-Christian muddly mashup of a festival that moves with the moon to a toddler?

The Christian Approach

Remember Christmas darling? No – not the presents, no – not the tree, no – not Father Christmas. Ok stop. Remember in Lucy & Tom they build a nativity scene and there’s a baby? (Take silence for a yes).

Well, Christmas is about celebrating the birth of that baby and Easter is when he’s all grown up and gets horribly betrayed then brutally murdered… (see the audience wavering)…um but then he comes to life again! Hurray! So we celebrate and eat chocolate. Yes chocolate! (Phew, back on safe ground. Retelling of religious stories is perhaps not my strong point.)

The Pagan Approach

Easter is about celebrating the arrival of the sun…no not son like you, sun like the one in the sky. The resurrection of the son is same time, different story. (Ha, laugh at your unstoppable wit, note the glazed look, move on).

Um, ok you know winter? Well, yes but there is actually more to winter than Christmas. It’s been really cold hasn’t it? No, ok I suppose it hasn’t been that cold. Well there are no leaves on the trees in the garden are there? (Phew) Well Easter marks the arrival of Spring and soon there will be lots of leaves on the trees and lots of sunshine and…yes, I suppose there might be lots of ice cream…ok and yes lots of cricket too. (Weird. Losing track, must refocus).

Let’s think about renewal and new life – do you know that many animals have babies in the spring such as lambs and birds… (wrack brain for the traditional cast of Easter)…and chickens and rabbits. No, not like Mummy. The baby inside Mummy won’t be here for ages…Yes I know you want to Hoover the baby up but we don’t Hoover people up do we? (Worry about that another time). And so we celebrate all this (yes I know I’ve missed A LOT of pagan roots but I don’t even know how to pronounce Eostre let alone how to explain a Hare-loving goddess to my son) with…CHOCOLATE!

The Commercial Approach

Easter is mostly about chocolate. (Desperate times.) Yes, chocolate! I know, it sounds good doesn’t it. No you can’t have chocolate now. People also have Egg Hunts and there’s an Easter Bunny and some people make bonnets. A bonnet is a hat. No not like your Bob the Builder hat. (Realise you know nothing about the significance of Easter bonnets or indeed what they are supposed to look like). Ok, I suppose your Bob hat could make a nice Easter hat, yes why not. No you can’t have chocolate now. Soon but not now.
No I’m afraid not, no darling.
Where are you going?
Get your head out of the treat cupboard…I said NOT NOW!

 

Hmm so which approach is best?

We made Easter cakes today – my son wished both my husband and me ‘Happy Birthday!’ and declared that it was party time.

I give up.

I’d love to hear your thoughts – any time before next year would be good. This year is clearly a lost cause.

Happy Easter everyone.

I’ve decided to go with the blogging flow and enter into the BiBs and MAD blog awards. It’s a lovely opportunity for people to show pride in their own blogs and admiration for others they like. You can read my arguments for and against nominating my blog here.

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39 thoughts on “How To Explain Easter to a Toddler

  1. You’ll have to come back to the “hoovering up the baby” idea another time. I’m intrigued!

    It’s posts like these that make me slightly glad my son still hasn’t started to talk! It can make some things much more difficult, but other things infinitely more simple 🙂

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    1. He wants to hoover up the baby, wriggle the baby, all sorts of things. He does like to pretend to hoover things up and we pretend to Hoover him up when we clean so I suppose it’s to be expected! Ho hum.
      Yes…make sure you have good answers ready for when he does start talking, the questions can be tough! Thank you for commenting and sharing x

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  2. It’s a tricky one for sure – I always found the concept of Easter confusing as a kid. Wait, a rabbit brings me a basket of candy? I’d go with emphasizing chocolate. There’s nothing controversial or confusing about chocolate. #justanotherlinky

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    1. Definitely, chocolate wins. I’m hoping school will straighten out the answers! Now, you say controversial…I’ve seen this come up a bit regarding Easter…do you know what the controversy is? Is it to do with lots of influences coming into play and different origins of easter? I feel so clueless.
      (Ha just misspelled Easter as eater…I’ve got chocolate on my mind!). Xx

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  3. Hahaha that’s brilliant. Note to self: work out how to explain holidays before son is old enough to ask. Also why is Easter at a different time every year when if its supposed to be when Jesus was resurrected surely that was an actual day?! Love this post, you do make me chuckle. #JustAnotherLinky

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    1. Well quite, so many questions…not enough answers. Something to do with Christianity’s pagan roots and the moon. Possibly. I think I really should have prepared more before speech, so many complicated parts of the year…we managed to skip/ignore Halloween and bonfire night last year…I should start planning for this year. Thank for commenting, so pleased it made you chuckle…makes my day if I raise a smile xx

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  4. Ha ha! This made me laugh. My son is 21mo and followed his cousins around in an Easter Egg hunt. Other than that, I don’t think he had much of a clue! Maybe next year I’ll revert back to your post and decide which route to take! #SundayStars

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  5. He, he! A tricky one to explain to a toddler, so we didnt even bother. We just did our easter egg hunt, had a roast and of course lots of chocolate! I think I might leave the explaining to next year 😉 Emily #SundayStars

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  6. Ahahahahaha! This is so fabulous! You write so brilliantly. Totally hilarious, I have no tips for you though, I thought they would do it at school but my daughter has come home raving about the bunny, apparently the TA dressed up to hide eggs. So we’re going with the bunny!! I’m so so glad you link up with us! #bigpinklink

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    1. Haha, that’s helpful from school! Yep go with the bunny. Thank you so much for your kind words, well I’m super-glad I’ve finally got myself in gear to join in with your pink party! Thank you for having me x

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  7. Oh bless you! Thankfully I haven’t had to worry about this yet as T is only two but when I do I’ll probably just go with the religious approach, even though we aren’t particularly religious! X #justanotherlinky

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  8. I have managed to escape “what is Easter?” by just shoving chocolate eggs at my children to shut them up. My 4 year old has obviously been talking about it at school as she knows a song/hymn about Jesus on a donkey and that Jesus was put on a cross (but not when he was a baby like at Christmas, when he was a grown up!)
    Thanks for linking up to #sundaystars

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  9. hahahah actually had me laughing out loud. This was really awesome… head out of the treat cupboard! When she’s old enough this is so going to be a top shelf job for me ha ha – she’s already trying to pull down her fairy lights and she can’t even move yet!!

    #tribesters & #marvmondays

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  10. Oh I think there is no good way to explain Easter to a toddler! Just that there’s a bunny & chocolate. The Easter egg hunt is always popular in our house from the time the kids could walk. Love your ideas here though lol #bigpinklink

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  11. Haha I love your writing style, always gives me a good giggle! I wouldn’t know how to explain Easter to a toddler, but at least you’ve given all the options, and that’s all we can Ask for in a balanced world 😉 xxx #BigPinkLink

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