“How many Easter Bunnies are there? Is it the same Easter Bunny here as there is in Sweden?” These were the two questions that greeted me this morning as soon as K woke in our hotel in Skagen, Denmark. Now, these questions should not have been too terrible to field if it wasn’t for the recent conversation between my wife and I regarding the Easter Bunny…or the lack there of.
Of course there is a Santa Clause, of whom we visit yearly, write letters to, and allow to enter our home at night to eat our cookies and leave presents. But for the Easter Bunny, we had not put any stock or common folklore of her for our kids. For some reasons, the bunny just did not hold the significance of Ol’ St. Nick. We love the Easter egg hunt and have participated in one every year that K has been around. We really enjoy the celebration of spring and renewal, which is what Easter represents for me and have chosen to follow along with society in celebrating the seasonal change with candy and eggs. But for some reason the myth of the bunny has not been a conscious part of this. And just last night my wife and I talked about our lack of bunny lore and felt that it was no big deal.
So when K came out of his room this morning asking about the Easter Bunny I did not know what to say, so I did the only sensible thing a father could do…”Go ask your mother.” Her response, “Um…yeah its the same Easter Bunny.” And now family nomadic now believes in the Easter Bunny and through out the day we have been piece-mealing our particular belief system into place for both M and K to enjoy.
And here they both are, finding the eggs that the Easter Bunny left for us…even when visiting Skagen, Denmark.