The weekend before last, I decided it was time to pull out our Easter decorations. While they are no where near as over the top as our Christmas decorations and lights, I still love the feel it brings to our home, particularly with the change of season.
A lot of people seem to talk about Christmas traditions and the fond memories they have from childhood, but not so much when it comes to Easter. So I decided to pull together a quick post on how my family celebrates Easter, along with some gift and craft activities we are making this year.
Some of you may know that I am of German heritage and Easter over there is quite a big deal. I remember visiting Germany and staying with my family during Easter back in the early 1990s – and let me tell you Easter decorations were BIG! Homes were decorated with Easter eggs, bunnies and beautiful spring flowers and even Easter gifts were given on Easter morning – and I’m not just talking chocolates!
I remember bringing home so many Easter decorations from that trip because we just didn’t have anything like it back then. Things have certainly changed over the past 20 years and now our shops are full of the same kinds of decorations.
Since that trip to Germany, every year I have up a small Easter tree/bunch on our dining room table. It’s pretty simple to pull together with some sticks popped into a pretty vase of your choice and decorated with hanging Easter eggs and other decorations. I like to stick to a particular colour theme, but the choice is yours!
Good Friday is usually spent as a very relaxing day at home, enjoying hot cross buns, fish cooked on the Weber and the Good Friday Appeal running on the television in the back ground.
On Easter Saturday, I always colour hard boiled eggs with my girls which we then eat for breakfast on Easter Sunday morning with toast and butter. I have such fond memories of colouring eggs in this way with my mum when I was a child as Hey Hey it’s Saturday! played on television in the background – funny what you remember!
Easter Sunday morning is an indoor egg hunt – our naughty chocolate Labrador would eat all the eggs that the Easter Bunny left behind otherwise! Lately EB has also been leaving behind a fresh pair of winter pyjamas for the girls.
Later in the day we usually head to my parent’s house for a big family lunch and another Easter egg with my nieces and nephew. Way too much food and chocolate is consumed over the four days, but the memories being created for our family is priceless!
This year, I decided to make simple Easter gifts for the girls to give to their school teachers.
I purchased some hollow Easter eggs along with a few chocolate bunnies and popped them into cute printed celophane bags tied up with pretty ribbon.
I also designed a simple gift card on the computer for each bag that reads: ‘To my egg-cellent teacher!’
My girls thought the wording was hilarious and it took me next to no time to pull it altogether, so that’s a win-win I say!
My two girls also like to decorate their rooms for Easter. This year, instead of making a mini version of an Easter tree/bunch, we created Easter egg flower pots instead.
We used small metal pots into which I popped some florist foam cut to size and then poked in some Easter eggs on sticks (found at a local discount store). We covered the foam with some colourful shredded plastic, or tissue paper, wrapped a pretty ribbon around the pot and it couldn’t be any easier!
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter! How do you celebrate this time of year?