Hey Mom and Dad, Have Parents Gone Overboard On Kids' Easter Baskets?

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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

Kristin Pechous Hamilton Usually family dinner, some candy and a few gifts. And she still wants us to hide the eggs outside for a hunt. —on Orland Park Patch Facebook


So what's your take? Tell us in the comments.

Eve Haupt March 26, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Candy and a new toothbrush! :)
NANCY GRACE March 26, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Cheap old school weave baskets like the above photo, traditional candy such as peeps, chocolate bunnies, marshmallow eggs...then xbox games for older kids and a equally priced toys for younger
BBurns March 26, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Candy. ..gotta have the chocolate bunny & Cadbury eggs! Plus, outdoor stuff...kite, bubbles, sidewalk chalk... this year I got walkie talkies & stuff for when we go camping this summer to add in the baskets. We do church on Sat so we can hang out at home & do an Easter egg hunt & then we have a huge family dinner. :)
Heather S. March 27, 2013 at 03:26 AM
When I was a kid there was candy and peeps but I always got a new beach towel and a pair of shoes. The rest of the basket stuffings were colouring books, chalk and 1-2 books and little trinkets


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