“Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life.” -Janine di Giovanni
This is the first year I felt I truly got to “make my own traditions” when it came to Easter. As I was growing up, my family did a little of this and a little of that on Easter, but never the same thing every year. Even though there are a lot of different ways to celebrate, I have decided this year to start a tradition of doing these 5 easy things every Easter, from now on. If this Easter seemed to fly by in a blur for you, maybe it’s time to slow down and incorporate some (or all) of these things into your schedule each Easter.
1. Easter Egg Hunt
Ok, this may seem obvious, but to some, it seems out of the question. Buy a trillion eggs, fill them with random candy your kids shouldn’t be eating, and hide them all night long before the kiddos wake up? Give me a break already! This year, I decided to look around in the community for businesses or churches that were having their own Easter egg hunt! I ended up signing my son and I up for our country club’s annual Easter festival, because at this festival, the Easter bunny lands in a helicopter on the golf course, and starts the egg hunt countdown just after landing! It was an experience my son (and I) will never forget, and it totally beat doing all of the work to actually create and hide the eggs!
2. Delicious Food
This is another one of those things that sounds WAY easier than it actually is! But, have no fear! If you find a venue for the egg hunt, they will most likely also have food! If you do want to start a new tradition within the family, maybe following an Easter recipe (check out these recipes for ideas) could be your thing! It’s always fun to create a new food for the entire family to enjoy!
Candy is one of those things that’s hard to get away from on Easter. Everyone in the family loves it, and maybe it’s not such a bad idea. Why not follow one of these simple candy recipes and allow your family to indulge, all day long?!
4. Athletic Activity
Ok, so maybe you should do the athletic activity BEFORE the food and candy, but either way, a good family-friendly sport is always fun to play! Here in San Diego, there are tons of beaches that have beach volleyball (check out our article about that here) or you can always grab a football and toss it in your yard with the kids. This year, our family decided to go golfing on Easter morning, and it was such a wonderful way to get the whole family together (without any bickering) to do something fun!
5. Silly Photos
If you don’t do anything else on this list every year, I strongly recommend grabbing anyone around you and taking some silly Easter photos together! Silly photos are the best way to get everyone laughing, while also creating memories to last a lifetime! My son and I did funny faces on Snapchat (learn all about the app here) using the Easter promoted face, and we laughed about the photos all day! My grandparents also sent us silly Easter photos from Snapchat as well! I will keep all of these photos in one file or folder on my computer or phone, and each year, I’ll be able to add to the album!
Easter doesn’t have to be a stressful holiday full of cooking, cleaning, and taping up eggs. Easter can be really fun, and a perfect time to start a new tradition within your household! I definitely recommend looking around for local activities to attend if you’re not a do-it-yourself type of person. There are always a lot of events going on around Easter, where you can go, have fun, and head home to finish the day off with your new tradition you’ve adopted from this list! Let me know if you have any other suggestions, I would love to know what you did this year to celebrate Easter!