I’m excited to share with you our favorite Easter traditions our family just can’t miss!
- Our family has a tradition of hiding a big easter basket with gifts from the Easter Bunny in a new spot each year. The kids have to explore to find it! Once it was in the guest room, last year out on the balcony, and this year, it’ll be in our living room behind a blanket on Easter morning! We’ll have plenty of time to check out the goods this year before our 1pm church.
Our baskets may have more or less “stuff” than how you do it at your house. I think Easter is holiday that deserves attention, so I like to get intentional with it. I like to “gear up” for Easter! Christmas gets enough focus, so I go a little less on gifts etc. there, and a little more effort for Easter. No need for a bunch of sugar, but I do think Easter is a perfect time for some thoughtful gifts (that fit your family’s budget).
2. Resurrected toys. We have a couple cute Easter stuffed animals that make an appearance in the family’s easter basket each year. They stick around for a few weeks, and then go back into storage ’til the next year. Win-win! Everyone’s excited to play with and love the “new” toys.
Edit: 3/26/18 Last year we added to this concept. The idea comes from a Power of Moms podcast, and I think it’s brilliant! Throughout the year I’d gathered toys that are broken in some way, and stashed them in a box in my laundry room. When I found a free moment, I got out the glue gun and fixed the baby crib that kept coming undone, the crown who’s feathers were loose; and added some new batteries to our favorite walking dog! We put them out by the Easter basket and I talked to the kids about the message behind these resurrected toys:
“All things become new this season, just like Christ’s message of resurrection.”
This year I don’t have toys that I’m fixing, but rather bringing out some toys I found at a yard sale. I think my kids will be really excited about them, and the message is the same- these toys are being resurrected- we are bringing them new life, just like Jesus does for us!
3. First, we always have an egg hunt with our cousins. We all bring about five hard-boiled eggs per kid, decorated of course. We throw in some other treats and trinkets to find, but the candy is a small percentage of the hunting treasures. Must-haves are: capri suns, bags of chips and little cereal boxes.
4. Next, after the hunt, we use all those hard boiled eggs for our traditional egg-a-log golden-rod lunch! No idea where the name comes from, but it is pretttty awesome!!! It’s basically this:
You take homemade bread, toast it, and butter it.
Tear up a piece of toast on your plate, and…
Top with white gravy and sliced hard boiled eggs!
Our extended family has quite a few picky eaters, and (I believe) EVERYONE likes this dish!
5. I always find an excuse to make these colored deviled eggs too. The BEST recipe for deviled eggs can be found here! Pretty self-explanatory: but to make these, you’ll slice a hard-boiled egg in half, dump the yolk in a bowl, and set the whites in a bowl of water with a few drops of food coloring. The longer you let the eggs sit in the dye, the darker the color. And that’s about it! Finish making the deviled eggs as per recipe and you’re set for a delicious, savory appetizer or snack!
6. Moms eggs: I got some of these faux eggs on clearance after Easter a couple years ago. I plan to decorate one egg each year while the kids are decorating their’s. Gives mom a creative outlet that won’t be tossed in the trash! I’ll mark the date on the egg, and in twelve years I’ll have a dozen memories attached to these cute eggs that double for Spring decor. You can find an even cuter version here on amazon. (The eggs I have are kinda pointy… But these are a good shape and pretty colors already!)
Also- A space-saving idea: have your kids stack them like this!
- Perhaps the tradition I look forward to the most for this season, is planting! Gardening is so meaningful for me. Several studies boast the benefits of gardening on your mental health, and I believe it! The aspects of faith and hope in something you can’t see are so good for your soul. Getting out in soil and touching it with your hands is so refreshing! Seeing little sprouts come up is pretty exciting, and then once a plant emerges, it is lovely to look at and often useful too!
I enjoy planting wheatgrass in my windowsill and then cut it some off to put in my green smoothies. In our area in Southern Utah, I can plant peas in January and they are ready to eat right around Easter! If you don’t already garden, I would say now is the perfect time to take a baby step. Start on a small project like some wheatgrass: it only takes about ten days to grow into a pretty plant.
Another great Easter tradition we’ve featured here on the blog is a resurrection garden. Click here to read more on that!
These are a few Easter traditions I look forward to every year- they are all quite simple and easy, but each has meaning for me! What about you? What traditions do you have for your family?