There’s a fairly clear new trend starting to arise at Easter; children are starting to receive a toy instead of the traditional egg. Let’s leave to one side, at the outset of this post, any notions about the ‘real’ meaning of Easter and the role (or lack of it) that either chocolate or toys can play in this, though it could clearly be worthy of discussion I’m not doing that here (this is a toy blog, I’m not getting into religious debate if I can help it). The real motivation for this move to giving toys seems to stem from a mixture of the desire to give a child something at Easter combined with the worry that that a gift of a chocolate egg could add to an already burgeoning supply of food set to throw the hyperactivity of kids through the roof. No one wants to be responsible for hyperactive children on Easter Sunday so this new trend of toys for Easter has developed.
As someone whose livelihood depends on people buying toys I have to say I’m all for anything that encourages people to buy toys. However I should also point out that as a parent I can’t see anything wrong with it either. My sons are 2 and 4 and there is no way I’ll be giving them more than one Easter egg worth of chocolate to eat on the day, this means that any other eggs will either get distributed through the following weeks or eaten by me or my wife. This doesn’t seem fair, I’d much rather they got to enjoy their presents without rationing or distributing bits of them off and this lies at the core of my reasons for wholeheartedly supporting the new move to toys as an alternative to chocolate eggs.
My boys both love chocolate and I’m not going to deny them an Easter egg but I’ll be very pleased if some of the gifts that come their way aren’t of the chocolate variety. I suppose there’s something strange at work here, surely we should be grateful for any gift we receive? I should probably point out that while I love getting gifts as much as the next person I am also the kind of person who does look a gift horse in the mouth, having received many gifts that really didn’t keep on giving (to put it kindly), I’ll happily call in a vet to give that ‘gift-horse’ a thorough once over before I accept it. Some gifts may have a lovely thought behind them yet still be either highly inappropriate or just downright useless (what child actually needs their body weight in chocolate?). So yes I am hoping for a reduction in chocolate gifts, though I haven’t gone so far as to tell people this, I’ll just use this post as a passive aggressive means of doing that instead.
Eggs will still feature in our Easter celebrations, like most other families we’ll be painting boiled eggs and then rolling down the hill at the park, though this year Logan and Mummy are off at a Birthday party at the Zoo during the day so we’ll maybe have to delay our rolling till the evening. However, the day will not be ending with a couple of sickly kids, stuffed with chocolate and hypered out.
What are your thoughts on this new trend? Is chocolate actually any more ‘Eastery’ than a toy? What would you prefer to get on Easter yourself? Once again thanks for reading, Cheers, John