2011年4月18日月曜日

good question....

Meg wants to know:

Why does the Easter Bunny come to our house and not her friends' houses?

I know some people say you shouldn't lie to your kids about Santa, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny but well, we do.

Santa is easy as many houses in Japan have some form of Santa.

The tooth fairy is pretty easy as we are heavily in the midst of a fairy book boom and in the fairy books only certain people can see them so Meg and Amy just think they are some of the chosen few.

But when it comes to the Easter Bunny we are really stuck. Why does he come to our house and no-one else's?

Until now we have gone with "He's an Australian thing and so he comes to your house because you're half Australian."

But this Saturday we are going to an Easter party and there will be kids from Ireland, UK, Canada, US and Japan to boot.

Hmmmmmm.... there goes the "It's an Aussie thing" thing...

I need a new answer. They are just so cute when they're all excited and running around the garden searching out eggs and squealing "He put one in my BIKE BASKET!!" and Amy continues to look for about a month after, to boot- just in case he came back. So I really don't want to just give up on it but it's getting a bit tricky to explain.

What do other multi-cultural families do?

9 件のコメント:

Nay さんのコメント...

Oh I can't wait to read some of the answers you get because I am sure that someday I will be needing it!!

bastish さんのコメント...

The easter bunny came to my house because I had Aussie friends. Meg will be a star. And maybe she can get a percentage of all the candy the other kids get.

bastish さんのコメント...

Ah. I reread and saw that the question was "why not my friends". I guess my excuse is not valid. Hmmm. Maybe the Easter bunny is expanding slowly expanding his business. This is just a trial. If it goes well, he may open a full-time Japan branch. But it will take a few years, of course. For now, Meg is the test case.

Adam W さんのコメント...

Instead of it being an Aussie thing, why not say it's a European thing? But then you'd have to explain that, I suppose...

Rosa さんのコメント...

It's Western bunny's job to deliver eggs/baskets. The Japanese/Eastern bunny is busy pounding mochi.

Will division of labor make it any more comprehensible though? I wonder!

Rachel さんのコメント...

It's a Christian festival and Japanese are Buddhist. Well, it's the truth...

Roger さんのコメント...
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Heather さんのコメント...

Well if you really don't mind stretching the truth, what about saying you asked him to come? You met him in Aus and said you were going to Japan and would he be kind enough to come and visit. Then other kids from other countries could have parents who had also had a word with the bunny. Japanese parents though don't tend to meet him so haven't asked? You'll eventually get 'why don't you ask him to go to so-and-so's house?' but hopefully you'll be clear for at least one more year. I doubt you'd get much more than that.

Cecilia さんのコメント...

I am having the same trouble here... but with Hiro...
I have given him some Easter eggs to take in to his colleagues. He is wanting to be able to explain them authoritatively...

"Why do you have easter eggs at Easter?"
It's a sign of spring and new life to celebrate Jesus rising from the dead.
"But Jesus wasn't a chook..."

No, but the easter bunny delivers them.

"why does a bunny deliver eggs, in Japan bunnies don't lay eggs..."

Yep, got me on that one too...