Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Of Faith and the Easter Bunny

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Of Faith and the Easter Bunny

Article excerpt

"ADAM, where's little Adam?" said the man in a red suit.

My 14-year-old let out a sigh as he walked up to collect his gift. Santa handed Adam his present with a "Sorry buddy" instead of "Have you been good this year?" When I watched my six-foot son smirk appreciatively back at him - there was a moment of yuletide clarity.

Adam, Jayden, Jack and Cristian have been raised to believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.

They are also Catholic boys who respect their faith.

At some point or another over the past 12 years, each of them have come home from school and asked, "Are Santa and the Easter Bunny real - such and such said that they're not."

This year, it was eight-year-old Cristian's turn.

Adam, Jayden and Jack have grown out of the fantastical world of childhood. Age has given them a clearer picture of how the real world works.

"Of course the Easter Bunny is real. Last year, when Mum and Dad were fast asleep, I stayed up to watch the premier league and I caught a glimpse of him dropping of the Easter eggs," Adam said to his little brother, giving me a knowing glance. …

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