Easter Traditions Anyone?

So - tell me what your Easter traditions are?

Our daughter is 1, and at this stage she is still too young to really understand Easter or traditions, or anything else revolving around these kinds of things... but we want to start instilling some traditions, or at least making decisions about what we're going to do in the future.

Up until last year we have often gone away; my in-laws have a house in Tauranga, and we have used that and encouraged family to visit us. Both sets of parents live less than an hour from Tauranga, so generally we have caught up with at least one set of them (generally my parents) during some or all of the holiday. Mr. C has found this year quite strange (but relaxing) as we have chosen to have a quiet weekend at home before the big party next week. Last year we had just moved house literally, and I was only a week or so off having Button - so again we chose to stay home, but originally had booked the Tauranga house in hopes we could manage it all!

I'm not sure about continuing with this tradition in the future - maybe we will, as it does mean we have the chance of seeing family... but either way, I want to start some immediate family traditions. Growing up we didn't really do anything special, although we did observe Easter - always went to church, and Mum and Dad always gave us a big chocolate egg on the Sunday; but that is all I remember. Mum, you may have different memories, and if so - please feel free to correct me!

Of course we will include those particular things as well - church, in memory of what Easter is really about... to thank God for what He did for us; is of utmost importance. We will also make sure the children get their fair share of chocolate and sugar - yeah!

But what else do you do as a family? I want Easter to have a little more significance than this, to not just 'be another holiday' off school. I want the kids to look forward in anticipation, but also be able to look back when they are older and  not only understand the spiritual significance - but appreciate the fact that we made it something a little more special for them. Or am I being to idealistic here?

Mr. C has no expectations, he has basically left this to me... of course, when I come to him with a list of idea's, he will suddenly have very strong opinions on everything and will veto any idea he doesn't actually like *grin*!

So - I am picking your brains... what do YOU do as a family to celebrate Easter? I am going to have to have a few idea's in my arsenal; as the chances are Mr. C will rediscover an interest in this subject when I approach him about it again :-)!!!!!

Thanks in advance,


Amy said…
Ahhhhh - I had written a ton of stuff then it all got stuffed up and disappeared and blogger told me it could not complete my request!
Good Friday - we have hot cross buns and grapetise as a kind of communion and read some of the Easter story from the Bible. Easter Sunday is meant to be easter eggs but we are slack and eat them early (be interesting to see if that changes with a Munchkin around!).
I remember Mum giving us each a little basket one year with a couple of Easter eggs, some spring bulbs, a fluffy chick, and message about Easter...all reminding us of the new life God offers us.
You could do decorated eggs as a family? Like, hardboiled when kids are little, or blown as they get older - I'm thinking food colouring and lotsa glue and glitter! We had some on our Christmas tree done by my Granny.
You could have a hyacynth (spelling!) or other spring bulb in a jar (held by sticks) and watch it grow roots and such before it flowers...one each or one to share as a family on the kitchen windowsill or dining table...so you'd set it up at Easter weekend and watch over the coming weeks.
I think that was the gist of it! Hope it helps the creative juices flow. I've found Easter harder to do than Christmas in terms of family traditions, and haven't yet come up with something that takes us out of ourselves (like our Christmas Child shoe box decorating at Christmas) that is for someone else. Any ideas while you are thinking of your own Easter traditions? Amy
Amy said…
Hey, I just remembered that I have a recipe for Easter Cookies - made them last year on practicum with yr1 class...each ingredient tells part of the story of the cross, and they get cooked and left overnight in the 'cave' (aka oven) before being taken out. They come out as hollow 'caves' of meringue that remind us that the tomb is empty. Can get a copy to you if you like! Amy
Sammy said…
Hi there! Thanks for the comment and the ones you have done before! Nice to meet you in bloggy-land.
Love your little girl- she's gorgeous!
MaxineD said…
Nup - nothing more - just tried to keep it quiet as there was and still is too much commercialism around the day. I used to make hot cross buns on the Friday too, but that was not consistent and we usually ended up buying them.
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