Imagine having to travel around the world in one night, carrying Easter baskets and eggs as you go. With all those responsibilities, plus the lack of opposable thumbs, is it any wonder the Easter Bunny sometimes doesn’t get down to writing letters to boys and girls? Fortunately, it is easy for adults to help the rabbit 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 but still personal, they can choose to personalize a letter they find online. In addition, some websites offer letters already formatted in attractive, full-color Easter letterhead that can be downloaded and printed instantly.
No professional writing skills are needed to write an Easter Bunny letter. By following a few basic tips, knowing the child, and getting into a “bunny” state of mind, you too can make Easter extra special with a letter from a very special bunny.
First, decide the time. When and how do you want the letter to be delivered? If it will be sent by mail, it will have to be written, formatted, printed and sent days in advance. For older children, you might also consider taking steps to ensure that the letter is not postmarked in your own city. If you prefer to present the letter on Easter morning, either with a plate of half-eaten carrots or 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, fun-loving guy. References to jumping, chewing carrots, etc., are good ideas. You can choose to have the bunny give you some kind advice, like being patient with the little siblings during the egg hunt, going to bed early on Saturday, or waiting until after Easter dinner to enjoy that chocolate bunny.
Jokes are fun to include in an Easter letter, as are puns. You could also mention “jumping down the rabbit trail,” “nose twitching,” and other rabbit characteristics. Another approach is to praise the child for being so good at finding eggs that it is now a challenge to hide them.
To make the letter even more personal, consider adding a few details about the child’s 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 home. If the child “met” you at the mall or somewhere else, you could mention it.
If your family is of the Christian faith, you may want to reference the resurrection of Christ, Sunday church services, or other religious traditions or beliefs.
Don’t feel pressured to make the letter “perfect.” Kids will get excited just listening to the bunny, whether the letter is long or short, elaborate or to the point. (Most kids would love a simple “Thanks for the carrot” note.)
The Easter Bunny letters can be handwritten, typed, or printed from a computer. It’s good to use quality stationery, preferably with an Easter theme. Again, “sign” the letter as E. Bunny, Peter Cottontail, etc. If the letter is going to be given to an older child, she may want to take extra care in typing the letter, disguising the handwriting, adding the “signature”, etc.
If you, as the bunny’s helper, write from the heart, you’ll be sure to craft a witty and cute letter that any child will appreciate.
Copyright 2009 by Kevin Savetz