As I said before, Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. I am confident this is because of the traditions our family established with the Easter Egg Hunt, church on Easter Sunday and the days before, and of course classic Easter movies. They are a time of happy memories and family. So as I dated and the thought of children crossed my mind, and more so as my husband and I talk about growing our family, I though about these traditions and what they meant. I discovered establishing family traditions and memories is extremely important to me, and that includes Easter. There are so many things that a family can do but below are the ones I want to focus on for our family now and when we add more little ones to it.
The Easter Egg Hunt
Considering I did a whole post on the Easter Egg Hunt and how amazing it was for me as a child, it seems almost a no brainer to mention it. Not only can this be amazing fun (and turned into a learning adventure) for children, I know it can be just as much fun for parents to put together and watch their children’s excitement as they discover the eggs. And as my mom stated in her comment, it would be a super cool Easter tradition to start or do for children in your neighborhood community or a group of friends with kids of similar ages.
Dying Easter Eggs
This was an Easter tradition I looked forward to every year. We would either make our own dye or buy a kit. I think I even remember my mom helping to teach me colors using the dye…okay my eggs were almost always pink. Its a pretty easy and fun little Easter tradition that kids of almost any age will enjoy. We also went a step further and decorated them. My mom taught us a little trick – dye doesn’t stick to wax. We would take birthday white/clear candles and draw dots, squiggles, swirls, zigzags and occasionally our names. Now a days there are so many things available to decorate eggs and tricks you can find on Pinterest that you can go crazy with it. You and your kids will have tons of fun discovering how to dye and decorate eggs a bazillion ways.
Watch Easter Classics
As a little girl, intended or not to be an Easter tradition, I watch The First Easter Rabbit and The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town…religiously. I adored the story of how the velveteen rabbit is saved and becomes the first Easter bunny and the Easter Bunny in The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town cracked me up. I wanted to adopt him. And I will be continuing this Easter tradition with my future little ones as I was finally able to find them on DVD this year…I guess others love the movies too. They teach about love, caring and so much more that are perfect “feelings” for children to experience.
For my older son and my husband and when any future children we may have get older, I will be sharing the Passion of Christ…even if Hollywood’s version. Regardless of faith, this is the foundation and religious origins for the Easter Season and holiday itself. For myself, I think it is important to look beyond the commercial meaning of holidays to understand their true meanings. Movie time is a great way to start conversations with older children.
Talk and Share the Real Meaning of Easter
If you are Christian, then the real meaning of Easter is built on the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. For my family, understanding our faith and being brought up in faith is important. So even when children are young, we want to help them understand why we do the things we do. The time building up to Easter Sunday is perfect time to start the conversation and a great Easter tradition to start with children. There are so many ways to do so, through the children’s picture bible, Veggie Tales, or through creating something with them. I found one cute craft that I will be doing with any future children we have where you make your own resurrection set. Its a perfect project that includes coloring, crafting and storytelling.
This is a take on the traditional Easter bonnet of the Easter Parade by Bing Crosby and something that symbolizes new beginnings, spring. As a kid, there was always something exciting about getting a new Easter dress…and yes, mine often came with an Easter bonnet. It’s silly but as a little girl, getting dressed up in pretty dresses and pretty shoes was rare. But Easter gave me to opportunity to be the “princess” in the pretty dress. I want to give that same feeling of wonderment and specialness. So this is one Easter tradition I will be continuing. I can’t wait to see my future little ones in either a beautiful dress or handsome, manly outfit.
Just like with Christmas, you can create an Easter tradition to do with your children by creating an Easter Countdown. I found this idea and I think its totally cute and easily done. You simply number plastic Easter eggs 1-12 and place them (filled) in an egg carton. Each egg can be opened by your little one once a day. The blogger in the link above uses candy in the eggs but I think another cool tradition would be to put a fun activity in the egg for you all to do. That way if you have more than one child, then the opening of the egg can be by a different child everyday but everyone gets to enjoy the activity. You can add some of the fun traditions your family does each year and rotate in some different ones as well. By mixing them up each year, then its a surprise every year as to what will be done.
I really enjoyed all the crafts I did as a child. They helped my mind grow and create and ultimately build my DIY side of the adult me today. With so many Easter crafts available online, you can have a new one for the whole Easter month if you so desired. Either way, it will be a fun tradition that all of you can enjoy. The Blog Seven Thirty Three has some fun ones to start and vary in age appropriateness.
“Egg-ing” the Neighbors
No, not the traditional egging where rotten stinky eggs are tossed at a house. This is a fun activity that helps teach children the generosity and kindness that parents want their children to express as adults with a fun and whimsical side to it. This is an Easter tradition I will be starting even with my 16 year old and husband. The idea is to take 12 plastic eggs and fill them with goodies. You then go around to a neighbor or friend’s house and hide the eggs in fairly visible areas around their accessible yard. You then leave the “You’ve Been Egged” letter either on their door or in their mailbox. I have a JPEG below that you can print and use. It explains that they have been egged and they have a little hunt ahead of them to find their goody filled eggs. I think children will enjoy this Easter tradition since its a bit of an adventure, a little sneaky and done in good fun.
Visit the Easter Bunny
Its a tradition similar to Santa that every child should experience, seeing the Easter Bunny. Its a great chance for children to indulge in the wonderful fantasy that is youth. And it creates amazing memories for parents and children a like. Its a fun Easter tradition to do with your children…and maybe your husband and yourself.
I hope you enjoy the ideas and are inspired to start traditions of your own. I’d love to hear of some of the traditions that you and your family have done and/or still do.