Easter was always a happy time growing up. I remember running down the stairs as a kid to see what the Easter bunny, aka my parents, had left me. Our baskets were always waiting on the dining room table filled with a chocolate bunny, some eggs filled with candy, chocolate eggs scattered around the table, and, well, more chocolate. We loved chocolate in our home! Easter morning also meant a new dress. One that was freshly sewn, just finished a few hours earlier in the wee hours of the morning by my momma and hung on my bedroom door all ready for Easter morning. Lucky for us, she always seemed to pull through at the last minute. I also remember the anticipation of an Easter egg hunt in the afternoon with cousins with the hope of finding that one special egg with a Canadian $20 bill hidden by grandpa.
Well, now that I have my own little one it’s time to start some new traditions.
I was a little torn on whether we should even do an Easter basket for a 4 month old and if we did decide to do one, what the heck do you put in it? Well, I decided traditions are fun. I’m a huge traditionalist so decided of course she needed a basket! Who cares that she’s only 4 months old and that she will never remember it. Traditions are traditions. And years from now I want to be able to say “you got this little duckie in your first Easter basket when you were just a tiny baby.”
Unlike my mother, I’m not the greatest sewer so rather than attempting to make her first Easter dress, I bought a darling little dress that was waiting for her Easter morning. For her basket, I went practical: a darling little duck just her size, I Love You, Hunny Bunny! book, and a new flower headband. Plus, I threw in some chocolate for momma.
I realized we didn’t need to go crazy but just a few little special, practical things. Besides the material things though, Easter is a joyous celebration involving a huge lunch filled with laughter, family, and hanging out together. Those are the real traditions I know I want to pass on to the next generation: the importance of family and being able to celebrate life and our salvation.
I know through the years we will start new traditions and I am excited to make them, but in the meantime I never want to forget our old ones.
Do you celebrate Easter? What special Easter traditions do you have?