Creating New Easter Traditions

Home & Family, Seasonal, Traditions
on March 25, 2007

Most families have their own Easter traditions, from dyeing eggs to filling baskets with jellybeans and chocolate bunnies. This year, consider a new tradition or add a twist to an old one to create an unforgettable Easter memory. Here are a few ideas:

Teach children the importance of Easter. Before your family egg hunt, write questions about the holiday on pieces of paper and place them along with treats inside plastic eggs. After all the eggs are found, ask the kids to open one egg at a time to discover their treat while parents answer the question inside.

Decorate an Easter tree. A week or two before Easter, use garden shears to clip a few budding branches, about 20 inches long, from a flowering tree or shrub and arrange them in a water-filled vase. Place the vase in a warm room, and when leaves appear after several days use ribbons to hang hollowed painted eggs from the branches.

Create a unique centerpiece. Fill a tall glass vase with alternating layers of dyed eggs and Spanish moss, then place a piece of moistened florist foam just inside the mouth of the vase, adding extra moss around the edges to disguise the foam. Insert fresh flowers such as tulips for a festive bouquet.

Make gelatin eggs with your kids. Prepare one 3-ounce package of flavored gelatin, using only ½ cup hot water and ½ cup cold water. Use a small funnel to fill hollowed eggs with liquid gelatin, then refrigerate until gelatin is firm. To unmold eggs, tap the shells, hold them under lukewarm water and peel as you would a hard-boiled egg. Refrigerate in an airtight container until you’re ready to serve.

Celebrate with a sunrise breakfast. Prepare a picnic breakfast of boiled eggs, sweet rolls and fruit in Easter baskets. Get up early on Easter morning and go to a quiet place to watch the sunrise. Spread a blanket, read the Easter story and enjoy your family feast together.