I love Easter! From decorating, to worship, to family time, to fun food, to eggs…eggs…and more eggs…it’s simply a festive time and brings a smile to my face each year. Well…maybe except for this year. Everyone in my household has been sick! So, we had to alter plans a bit. But…on a normal year…these are my family’s top 7 favorite Easter traditions:
1. Decorating. I admit it…I am a bit of a holiday decorating junkie, and Easter is no exception. While it pales in comparison to my Christmas decorations, there is still no doubt the holiday is near when stepping into my home.
2. Baskets. While many of our children are grown, we now have grandchildren, AND we still love to give Easter baskets. With a large family like our own, it’s financially not practical to create an Easter basket for each of our children and grandchildren, so we try to concentrate on the minor children still living at home as well as our grandchildren. I’m sure as our family continues to grow, we’ll have to examine that tradition again in the near future.
3. Egg dying. This has to be one of our favorite Easter traditions! We all try to “outdo” each other with the most creative designs. I think my 18-year-old daughter loves this tradition as much as any of us, and she turns into quite the Michelangelo when it comes time to dying eggs.
4. Egg hunts. Rain or shine…I love me a good ol’ egg hunt! In addition to hiding the eggs for the kiddos to find (and sometimes the kids hide them for the adults), we also stuff each plastic egg with a little surprise…piece of candy, a penny, etc. There’s usually one “special” egg that contains an even bigger price…”the golden egg”!
5. Worship. As Christians, worship is paramount to our family’s Easter celebrations, and the rest of the traditions would be in vain without the key events leading up to, and including, the Resurrection. We happen to attend worship at our own church on Saturday night in order to be able to travel Sunday morning to visit with family and attend church with them.
6. Travel to see-out-of-town friends. As I alluded to in #5, we travel to my mother-in-law’s house on Easter Sunday morning and attend church with her, my husband’s siblings, and their families. Celebrations with a crowd can sometimes produce a little angst, but in our group…mostly fun and lots of laughter!
7. The Easter meal. Yummy with a capital “Y”! Who can have a party without food? If our family knows anything…we *know* how to eat! There is never a shortage of food, and there are always new dishes to try!
I would love to hear about your Easter traditions!