8 Egg-Citing Easter Traditions
by Kerrie McLoughlin
Easter was always an exciting holiday when I was growing up. I would spend the night before Easter with my grandparents, and I could SWEAR I heard the Easter bunny scooting across the floor in the night. Upon waking I’d bolt out of bed to see what candy and other treats I’d been brought, then we’d head to church for Easter services and a massive egg hunt. My day would end in a sugar coma on the couch, watching “The Wizard of Oz” with my parents. Below are 8 ideas for Easter traditions you can try with your own kids. Pick and choose a few of them each year and stick with the ones your family loves!
1. There are so many great treats your family can make together a night or two before Easter. Dyeing and decorating hardboiled eggs is a classic, but you could also make something out of the ordinary like Jell-o eggs or egg-shaped sugar cookies. Last year my husband and kids made Rice Krispy eggs dipped in melted chocolate chips, then added sprinkles before the chocolate set.
2. Kids enjoy sharing with others…and being sneaky! When dark hits the night before Easter, sneak over to a favorite neighbor’s home (or drive to a close-by friend’s home) and scatter eggs in their front yard. You can mix and match hard-boiled and plastic eggs. Fill plastic eggs with candy, coins, stickers, erasers, and other prizes. Even though doing an anonymous fun thing is great, these days you should probably leave a note or card on their door so they know it was you and not some crazy person putting stuff in their yard!
3. Bunnies and chicks are the unofficial mascots of Easter, so find a place where your child can pet some! Depending on where you live, bunnies and chicks can be found at kid-friendly farms, pet stores, and zoos. Some stores have promotional days where you can come in, pet, and hold these little sweeties and take pictures.
4. Get your child’s picture taken with the Easter bunny. This is one I could kick myself for not doing yet, but it’s pretty simple. Just check the website of your local mall to find out if they’re hosting an Easter bunny event. No Easter bunny events around you? Take your own Easter pictures at home!
5. Easter baskets for the kids are a given, but they don’t have to be over-the-top. You can buy a simple empty basket at a craft store and fill it with things like pastel Peeps, toys, small books, and plastic eggs filled with goodies. If you’re pressed for time and don’t know how you’ll be able to assemble an Easter basket, just buy one ready-made! You’re still an amazing parent, and your kid won’t care or remember that it was store-bought. If you have time but are short on money, bake treats to put in the baskets, make a special card for your child or write out coupons for things like getting out of chores or an ice cream cone out with just Mom. Don’t forget about your older kids on Easter—everyone can appreciate an Easter basket!
6. An Easter egg hunt can be held just about anywhere. Some churches have them days before Easter—check times and dates with a church near you. My church doesn’t hold an Easter egg hunt, so we have one in my mom’s yard after church on Easter Sunday. The whole family pitches in and hides plastic eggs filled with candy, sugarless gum, dollar bills, and more. You could also hide eggs the night before in your own yard (or even around the house!) after your kids go to sleep so they can have an after-breakfast hunt at their own home!
7. Get together with family for a special meal. If you won’t be able to be with family this Easter, invite some friends and neighbors over for a potluck meal at your place. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant; a ready-made ham, paper plates, and plastic cutlery just mean less time in the kitchen and more time with loved ones.
8. End the day relaxing with a bowl of Easter candy, some popcorn, and a movie the whole family can enjoy. Some great family-friendly flicks are A Bug’s Life, Charlotte’s Web, Flushed Away, Lilo and Stitch, Monster’s Inc., or Shrek. After a fun day celebrating Easter in all the ways you love, end your family day with some “hanging out” time. Nobody is allowed to have a phone or tablet. This is a time to snuggle up around the TV and reflect on the gift of family and friends.
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