Talking about infantilizing your kids: How about mothers who still make Easter baskets for their grown and even married children?
Even when Easter Basket Moms try to quit, they are often met with protests from their overgrown children.
“Last year was the first year I didn’t,” Marie Archung of Danvers said. “My daughter is married, and she came over for Easter dinner and was asking for her basket.”
And as children grow, so do their Easter baskets.
“They’re more apt to have favorites now, whereas when they are little, candy is candy,” said Maryanne McCarthy of Danvers, who has two children in their 20s.
“It’s interesting how kids don’t make a judgment on the price of things when they are young,” said Gail Rappoli, a music teacher at Smith School in Danvers who gives Easter baskets to her college-age daughter. Rappoli said her father was a single dad and would make a trail of jelly beans on Easter morning leading his five children to bowls of dyed eggs on the kitchen table.
“And we were thrilled,” she said.
Now, many Easter Basket Moms have replaced stuffed animals and candy with items more suitable for adults, like gift cards, CDs, DVDs and even jewelry.
“Last year, they were lucky — they got Red Sox tickets,” Galligan said. “That was the best one ever.”
It’s all part of the continuing effort to turn every holiday into a “shopping” holiday like Christmas.
Okay, it’s one thing to put out jelly beans or chocolate on Easter Sunday, but it’s another thing to make up special baskets— complete with expensive gifts—and even to have Easter egg hunts for your adult children and their spouses.
Besides, what does all this have to do with Easter?