Have you ever started a tradition that was so elaborate you wondered how you ever maintain that? After some of those experiences, we try to keep holidays simple, yet memorable in our family. I have a hard time with the commercialism of the religious holidays, so keeping it simple allows us to focus on the true meaning of the holiday. I asked my kids what their favorite traditions we have at Easter time are, and these are the traditions that they came up with:
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On Easter morning the kids will find a piece of yarn tied to the end of their bed. They have to follow that yarn through the house to find their basket. Our baskets are usually not very candy or toy heavy, but still fun. In the past we have included:
- coloring books
- play dough
- craft/art supplies
- church focused activities
- quiet books
Easter Egg Hunt
We usually do the traditional candy Easter egg hunt with extended family. With just our family, we will hide a few eggs that tell the Easter story from the Bible. Each kid takes a turn opening their egg, reading the scripture, and showing the object inside the egg.
You can buy pre-made “Resurrection Egg” kits, but they are super easy to put together yourself as well.
We make Resurrection rolls every Easter for breakfast. Talking together of how Jesus was crucified, we use bread dough to represent the tomb and a marshmallow to represent his body. Each kid gets their own marshmallow to dip in butter and cinnamon sugar while we discuss how Jesus’ body was prepared with oil and spices. We then ‘place the marshmallow in the tomb’ and wrap the marshmallow in the bread dough. After the rolls have baked, the kids bite into them and see that the marshmallow is not there, just like Christ’s body wasn’t there when He was resurrected.
These are 3 fun and simple Easter Traditions that we do every year. Each one requires minimal planning and time, but is enjoyed and looked forward to by everyone!
What simple Easter Traditions do you have?