Easter is right around the corner and I was thinking how much I look forward to Easter because of our traditions. My son said it just right; I reminded him that Easter is this weekend and he said, “when you say Easter a memory comes right to my brain and I know just what to imagine.” I think it’s fun for everyone when we can know what to expect on a holiday and have something to look forward to.
Tradition #1- Family
Easter is a great time to get together with family. Cousins (usually) make everything more fun for the kids. My family usually gets together at my sisters house where the weather is typically the nicest this time of year and we can play outside. If you don’t have family nearby then you can invite a few family friends to join you in some of these traditions. It takes effort, but trying to be with family makes a great tradition in and of itself.
Tradition #2- Egg Drop
My family has been doing an Egg Drop for about 5 years. We gather a bunch of junk and craft supplies: felt, empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls, empty kleenex boxes, egg cartons, grocery sacks, string, plastic cups, pipe cleaners, bubble wrap, paper, Ziplock baggies, and whatever else we find laying around. Then each person gets a raw egg and has to design a way to protect that egg from being broken when dropped from a high spot. My nephew is an amazing thinker/builder, so his is usually the most intricate. Its fun to see how the designs are different every year. Once everyone has their egg protected we start the drop! The first drop is from somewhere close to 10 feet from the ground. After the drop everyone checks their egg to see if it broke or not. If your egg survived the first drop then we move to a higher spot and drop again. It’s fun to have about 3-4 drop places. If we are at my sister’s then our highest spot is from a window of her three-level home. It works best if the ground below is hard, like rocks or concrete. Try to have some sort of silly prize for the winner. While typing this, I just had an idea that you could make a trophy that travels with the winner and each year the previous winner would bring the trophy and then pass it along with the new winner. You could write the name of the winner and the year on the trophy to keep a record. Maybe we will add that to our tradition this year…
Tradition #3- Easter Egg Hunt & the Golden Egg
Duh?? Right? Our family typically does a few of these. We have usually gone to big Easter egg hunts put on by the city, but last year we decided to avoid the crowds and just do a big one on Saturday with our family. When we do one at home, my parents always include a Golden egg with some money in it and this egg is hidden really well. My oldest nephew is usually the one to find it, but my kids are really hoping that this might be their year! It was honestly kind of nice last year to not fight the crowds at the big egg hunts. We have been to ones at a swimming pool where kids dive down and get eggs filled with coins. My kids were young and not great at diving under water, especially when they are completely surrounded by other kids doing the same thing and we left empty handed. It was stressful and sad for the kids (however, there are always nice kids who notice empty baskets and share). We’ve also been to big egg hunts where there were so many kids and not enough eggs and again left empty handed because my kids were less aggressive at getting those eggs! And of course, you always have to worry that there might be an Easter Bunny mascot on the loose at these events, which often showed up later in my children’s nightmares… I’m starting to think that maybe my kids need to toughen up?? Anyways, take a good look at your kids and their personalities and do whatever will suit them best. But realizing that we had more fun doing our own egg hunt was liberating last year… and there were no tears! My family also does an egg hunt Sunday morning when the Easter Bunny hides our eggs. I have a friend who asked their Easter Bunny to hide the eggs on Saturday, so that they can focus on spiritual things on Easter Sunday. There are many ways to include an Easter egg hunt in your Easter traditions.
Tradition #4- Dye Easter Eggs
I’m sure this is an original idea… but if you want different ways to do this traditional event you can check out my pinterest board I created just for dying eggs. There are so many fun ideas out there!
Tradition #5- New Dress Clothes
I know we are not alone in this tradition. Easter is the best time to find cute Spring dresses because so many people get an Easter dress. We also like to get our boys a new tie to wear to church on Easter. My amazing sister has made my boys a tie and my daughter her dress the last couple years and they turn out so cute! I’m hoping she will start an etsy shop soon so you can all enjoy her talent like I do! We don’t always have the budget for brand new church clothes, so homemade options are typically more affordable. I will include a few links below to great stuff that Amazon has to offer.
Tradition #6- Cad-bury Mini Eggs
Need I say more? Did you know that Amazon sells these in bulk!?? My friend filled me in on this best kept secret and now I’m sharing with you. You’re welcome.
Tradition #7- Easter baskets
On Sunday morning, the kids get to come out of their rooms and see what was left in their Easter basket and then hunt for the eggs that the Easter Bunny hid. We usually fill their Easter basket with a movie or a book and then one big candy item. I refuse to buy those big pre-made Easter baskets that cost a fortune and are filled with junkie toys that will be broken or scattered across your floor untouched (see my No Toys for a year post here). I used to sell Usborne books, which we always gave to our kids on Easter. I still highly recommend these interactive books for Easter baskets. Since we go to church every week, I try to give them books that they will enjoy during church. We usually get our kids one thing as an Easter gift as well. This year we will give them muck/rain boots so that we are more prepared for mud season! Kites were a huge hit a couple years ago. My parents like to give all the grand kids a matching shirt. They have 6 grandsons and 1 granddaughter, so all the boys get a matching shirt and then my daughter gets to stand out a bit.
We are looking forward to another Easter and the fun traditions we enjoy. I would love to hear what traditions your family has on this holiday. I hope you have a nice and happy Easter!