This is really quite typical of me. Really it is. I blast along in life, always as busy as a squirrel storing nuts for Winter. Sometimes I’m sure my children think their mother is really just a blur across the screen! And then suddenly it’s here – whether it be Christmas, Easter, Winter, Spring, Halloween or Birthdays, they always seem to creep up on me with no warning and all my plans of spending time with the kids creating our own family traditions fade into the bustle.
Well this Easter we’re here. We’re not going anywhere. The grandparents are coming to stay and it’s forecast to rain. So I’ve decided that before the weekend starts, I’m going to stock up on a few supplies and put a whole lot of effort into creating some Easter traditions.
Now I’m not talking making our own Easter Egg molds or baking hot cross buns (I’ve never really mastered the whole yeast, rising, proofing magic required for great buns) but I am talking about a few simple projects. The first will be Lorelei’s little Easter Carrot Treats which we posted a few days ago. They look amazing and will be really quite simple for the kids (and quite forgiving if we don’t get it perfect first time around).
The second project we’re going to undertake will be painted boiled eggs. I figure it’s a great way to get the kids involved, fill in a half day and then have enough eggs for a massive potato & egg salad for Easter Sunday lunch. So tomorrow I’ll stock up on wax crayons, food colouring, tiny paint brushes and loads of eggs. I will search for the whitest eggs I can find, although I actually can’t remember the last time I saw a really white egg – is this a free range thing? We’ll boil them all up, and we’ll sit at the kitchen bench. No. 1 son will no doubt have Easter Eggs with lego characters fighting all over them and the little girls will have flowers, fairies and stars but the bottom line is, the final product doesn’t really matter – it’s the process that will create the tradition.
I’ll take a deep breath of patience, add a huge dollop of ‘it doesn’t matter what they look like’ and we’ll all have some fun creating a basket full of Easter Eggs. And if it’s a fine, sunny day on Easter Sunday we’ll find the nearest grassy hill and roll them all down, laughing all the way. And hopefully the kids will have a great time, they’ll remember it fondly and they’ll want to do it all over again next year.
What Easter traditions do you still have from your childhood? Or have you created your own traditions since you’ve had kids?