Should My Jewish Son Donate Plastic Eggs For a School Easter Egg Hunt?
My toddler son came home from daycare last week with a note asking parents for a donation of plastic eggs for an Easter egg hunt. The request was innocent enough, but it stirred up a bit of controversy in my house. Why? Because we’re Jewish, and we don’t celebrate Easter.
My husband responded that we should ignore the request. “I don’t think we should donate anything since it’s not even our holiday,” he explained. “Plus, I don’t want our son growing up to think that Easter egg hunts are something we always do.”
I also asked my mom, who agreed with my husband but added, “Why don’t you bring in a box of matzoh instead?”
Still, I didn’t feel right about not contributing a $1.99 package of assorted rainbow-colored Easter eggs. Three things bugged me:
1. Since we weren’t going to make Levi sit on the sideline during the hunt, it only seemed fair that we supply as many eggs as the other parents.
2. I viewed the egg hunt as something fun for the kids to do rather than as religious activity.
3. The children in my son’s class are all younger than three years old; they aren’t going to remember any of it!
In addition, I want my son to learn about other cultures and religions and to be open-minded. Should his school have acknowledged Passover in some regard? Perhaps, but I think my fellow Jews would agree that snacking on cardboard-like matzoh is not nearly as fun as hunting for plastic eggs.
I ultimately decided to donate a package of Easter eggs—although I didn’t tell my husband or my mother. I would’ve felt guilty if I didn’t contribute anything. Plus, the more eggs there were to find, the more fun the hunt would be for Levi and his classmates. And I’d do anything to put a smile on my kid’s face.
If you were in my shoes, would you have done the same? Why or why not?