Welcome to "Hey Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area.
While many stick to the traditional egg hunt and candy basket formula for Easter celebrations, other parents report the holiday is getting out of hand. Some readers say gifts like Wii video games and other expensive gifts are becoming commonplace additions to Easter baskets. That brings us to this week's question:
How does your family celebrate Easter, and what is included in the modern-day Easter basket?
Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.
Candace Gilich Ciolino: I don't do candy in my sons basket.. I do summer clothes and outdoor toys!!! —on Oak Forest Patch Facebook
Ann Marie Norris-Smith: I do candy and summer dresses and one bigger item.... last year was bicycles, this year ??? I am mad at myself for letting it get out of hand...... Easter isn't about gifts, yet that's what it has turned into... —on Oak Forest Patch Facebook
Richie DeVries: It's easter not Christmas. Some candy and small trinkets. what's a Easter basket without candy. ? —on Oak Forest Patch Facebook
Beth Kinnerk McKernan: The Easter basket has very little candy, cuz candy=cavities=REALLY expensive basket! I put practical things in the basket. Things I know they'll hit me up for later ie hockey street balls, mouth guards, lipgloss, hair bands. A lil bit of candy, though. I hide the baskets throughout the house and play the hot/cold game if it goes too long! The siblings watch and laugh at "how could they have missed it". —on Tinley Park Patch Facebook
Cheryl Lynn: I don't have kids...but my parent used to get me things like bubbles, chalk, coloring books in addition to candy. You can build a pretty sweet Easter basket at the Dollar Tree! —on Tinley Park Patch Facebook
Krissy Aguirre Gavrilenka: A chocolate bunny, peeps and toys... last year a bike, this year Legos. —on Tinley Park Patch Facebook
Staci Byrne-Sverker: I try to do candy and 1 bigger gift and little stuff like bubbles, kite —on Oak Lawn Patch Facebook
Linda Kamholz Dillman: No candy at all. We attend the Easter Sunrise service at church, then Easter breakfast, and finally the Easter festival service at church, then home for a mid afternoon dinner with the family. —on Oak Lawn Patch Facebook