Making memories: 5 sweet family Easter traditions to start this year – because we all need it now
Bunnies, eggs and a big family brunch – do all these feature as part of your Easter traditions normally?
One of my most favourite thing about being a mum is making our very own family traditions – rituals and habits and celebrations that I hope my children will always treasure and hopefully, one day, bring with them when they grow up and start their own families.
And I know this year is different – so, so different, but it is still Easter. And so I will still try to make it special. Maybe even more so this year, when we all need some cheering up and something to look forward to.
For many of us, Easter means chocolate Easter eggs and a visit from the Easter Bunny to deliver these on Easter morning. My kids always love waking up to inspect the mess he made on his nightly visit, leaving half-eaten carrots and muddy paw-prints all over our terrace and even floors inside.
However, I always love making Easter about more than just chocolate and bunnies. This season, spring, is also rooted in renewal, rebirth, eternal life and hope for the future, and here are some easy ways to make your Easter traditions about some of these too:
1. Plant something
Here is the beautiful thing about kids: They love doing things with you – pretty much no matter what, as long as they can be involved in something with you, be it baking, making or fixing. So in the spring, what can be better than getting them out in the garden (or the balcony) and plant some seeds, be it for flowers and vegetables or both. Not only has time spent in the garden been proving to boost both health (hello vitamin D!) and happiness – and the best bit, you will all love these moments spent together.
2. Go on a family walk
Look, we know we are stuck within our two-kilometre limits right now, but there are still beautiful walks to be found, I am sure. Look for spring flowers, spot out for birds, glance into homes along the way to check if the children have put up rainbows or Easter decorations.
The point is, it doesn't really matter where, as long as you do it as a family.
3. Bake a family recipe
Any holiday season is a great excuse to get excited about continuing some old family traditions, be it with family heirloom decorations for Christmas, or your great aunt Mary's famous sponge cake recipe for Easter. Kids tend to love baking and look – I know it's messy. But time spent together in the kitchen is also the perfect time for bonding, learning and sharing – moments you hope your kids will always remember, and that you know you always will.
5. Make Easter treats for your neighbours
Pick flowers, make cards, bake sugar cookies – it doesn't really matter – as long as you end up showing your children a little bit about the importance of kindness and the idea of paying things forward. Making it Easter-themed just makes it more fun and seasonal. And you know, leave it outside their door – as this year, visits aren't allowed. But they will know you are thinking of them – and that is what this is all about.
6. Stay present
This Easter, try to take a step away from all your devices – and make this a priority for both you and the kids. Instead, try to stay in the moment, be present, soak in the laughter and fun and family time – and snap some pictures with the purpose of keeping them for the family album, not to score hearts and likes.
How are YOU planning to celebrate this very different Easter? Let us know in the comments or tweet us at @herfamilydotie