Mommy Diaries: Holidays with a Non-Believer
Easter was our first holiday since we’ve had “the talk” with our daughter about Santa and the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. I even showed her my creepy collection of her baby teeth. We cried together that day – grieving for Santa mostly. I reassured her that Christmas is magic no matter how old you are and that she will always feel the spirit of Santa Claus.
A few days before Easter my daughter approached me and asked how much we usually spend on her Easter basket. I told her not much – about $15-$20. She asked if we would give her the money instead of a basket this year so she could use it to go to the movies or buy something she really wants. I thought about it for about 2 seconds before I told her yes.
No dyeing eggs, no buying candy, no Easter grass ALL OVER. It was actually kind of a nice change- much more relaxed. I think she was almost relieved too. She told me “It feels different.” but that’s all she said about it and she seemed perfectly happy. Now, I’m not sure how I’ll feel come Christmas, but Easter was really very easy. I almost can’t wait to hand her a dollar the next time she loses a tooth.
It’s Not as Bad as I Thought It Would Be
I’ve been dreading this holiday for years and it’s come and gone now. It wasn’t any less fun – I actually like this new chapter. We mourn the loss of innocence in our children so much we forget to embrace them for the people they are becoming. I’m ridiculously proud of my daughter (which you know if you’ve been here before). I did give the little kid, believer years a fleeting glance when I said goodbye, but then I turned to the young lady standing before me and welcomed her into my arms.
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