Make this Easter One your Children Will Never Forget
By Kevin Savetz
Imagine having to hop all over the world in one night, toting Easter baskets and eggs while you’re at it. With all those responsibilities, plus the lack of opposable thumbs, is it any wonder the Easter Bunny sometimes doesn’t get around to writing letters to little boys and girls? Fortunately, it’s easy for grownups to help the rabbit out and write a letter themselves.
Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends and other loved ones can write an Easter Bunny letter from scratch, or, to make the process much simpler yet still personal, they can choose to customize a letter found on the Internet. Additionally, some Web sites offer letters already formatted on attractive, full-color Easter letterhead that can be instantly downloaded and printed.
No professional writing skills are needed to write a letter from the Easter Bunny. By following a few basic tips, knowing the child and getting into a “bunny” frame of mind, you, too, can make Easter extra-special with a letter from a very special rabbit.
First, decide on timing. When and how do you want the letter to be delivered? If it will be sent in the mail, you’ll need to get it written, formatted, printed and sent off with days to spare. For older children, you might also want to consider taking steps to make sure the letter isn’t postmarked from your own town. If you would rather present the letter on Easter morning, either set by a plate of half-eaten carrots or placed inside an Easter basket, you’ll have more flexibility, since pre-formatted letters can be downloaded and printed from the Internet.
When writing, consider the tone of the letter you want the bunny to present. Most people consider the Easter Bunny to be a jovial and fun-loving fellow. References to hopping around, chomping on carrots and so on are all good ideas. You might choose to have the bunny offer some gentle advice, such as being patient with little siblings during the egg hunt, going to bed early on Saturday or waiting until after Easter dinner to enjoy that chocolate rabbit.
Jokes are fun to include in an Easter letter, as are puns. You could also mention “hopping down the bunny trail,” “nose twitching” and other rabbit characteristics. Another approach is to praise the child for getting so good at finding eggs that it’s now a challenge to hide them.
To make the letter ever more personal, consider adding some details about the child’s own family or home, such as the bunny’s encounter with a family pet, or the challenge of finding new hiding places in the child’s yard or house. If the child “met” him at the mall or elsewhere, you could mention that.
If your family is of the Christian faith, you may want reference the resurrection of Christ, Sunday church services or other religious traditions or beliefs.
Don’t feel pressured to make the letter “perfect.” Children will be excited just to hear from the bunny, whether the letter is long or short, elaborate or to-the-point. (Most kids would get a kick out of a simple “Thanks for the carrot” note.)
Easter Bunny letters can be handwritten, typed or printed from a computer. It’s nice to use quality stationery, preferably with an Easter theme. Again, “sign” the letter as E. Bunny, Peter Cottontail, etc. If the letter is to be given to an older child, you may want to take special care to type the letter, disguise handwriting, add the “signature” and so on.
If you as the bunny’s helper write from the heart, you’ll be sure to craft a clever, cute letter that any child will cherish.