Easter Traditions, Old and New

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This year for Easter, we got to start some new traditions in my little family. In years past, both kids were too young to understand, so we waited until this year to participate in all of the Easter activities.

Fun games to play on Easter. With traditions, old and new.

(Photo credit: Rex Rudee)

Our New traditions (to us) for Easter:

1. Easter egg hunt!!

My daughter is no stranger to looking for eggs. But this year was the first time we took her to a community Easter egg hunt. It was packed with crazed kids out for blood chocolate. The one we went to was at a grocery store. To give you an idea of what it was like, between the Nacho Cheese and Cool Ranch Doritos, there was a plastic egg full of candy. I have to admit, it was a really weird place for an egg hunt.

Easter Traditions old and new egg hunt at the grocery store

There were folks there that just wanted to buy some milk. Little did they know, they would have to dodge their wide-eyed six year old neighbor. I would have rather been anywhere else.

Why did we go there, you ask? Because it was the only one in the area that worked with naptimes. And we all know, life revolves around that.

The Little Miss had a lot of fun though. I don’t think she would have noticed if we were at a grocery store, park, or an airport-she loved it.

2. Dyed eggs.

Out of curiosity, I bought an egg dying kit from the dollar store. Fully expecting it to fail me miserably, they were a pleasant surprise.The eggs turned out incredibly vibrant and we didn’t have to let them soak for hours. Z got to dye them (pretty much) all by herself.

Dollar Store Egg Dye

Her favorite part was moving an egg from one color to another, to see what it became. Eventually we had to make her stop because some of them were starting to look gross.

3. The Easter Bunny is Coming!

We left the freshly dyed eggs out for the Easter Bunny to hide. We also left an empty basket for each kiddo to be filled with toys/candy. And lastly, we left a nice big carrot for him as a “thank you.”

While I was putting Z to bed that night, she asked why we left him a carrot. I told her because carrots are delicious and healthy which the Easter Bunny loves (never mind the candy he leaves behind.) She sat there thoughtfully for a moment, then asked if I thought he might like a strawberry too. My sweet girl! So I left him a strawberry also.

Easter morning the kids woke up to an eaten carrot and strawberry, and jelly bean trails to their baskets.

carrot and strawberry for Easter bunny, jelly bean trails to baskets

Old Traditions:

1. Time with Family.

We went to my Aunt’s house for the day. The youngest had to stay home with daddy because he wasn’t feeling well. They celebrated in their own way.

like father like son

2. The FOOD.

I made my “famous” chocolate covered strawberries. Strawberries from Costco dipped in melted Dove dark chocolate. Delicious! There was also ham, scalloped potatoes, and other amazing dishes. And of course cake, chocolate, jelly beans…Cadbury everything…

3. Quack, Quack, Cheep, Cheep.

My dream came true! Z got to be a Team Captain this year! (It probably has nothing to do with my family reading my last post.)

I was a little concerned at first because it can get a little nuts. Ten adults yelling “cheep, cheep, cheep!!” to a three year old can be extremely overwhelming. I thought she was going to crumble into a puddle of tears because she had her “expressionless look” on her face so I didn’t know which way it was going to go.

quack, quack, cheep, cheep Easter Egg hunt

Then I saw it. The tiniest hint of a smirk, and  I knew she was having the time of her life. I think she was envisioning the candy that was inside every single egg. All fifty-two eggs. Our team lost, but my girl didn’t notice as she was dumping out all the candy.

Easter Traditions old and new egg hunt

After we emptied the eggs, I had her carry the basket around and offer candy to people. At first she was torn, but I think she saw that she was making people happy (or maybe she saw that there was still PLENTY left for her.)

By the end of the day, we were wiped out and ready for bed. At least I was!

Why is it on every holiday the kiddo(s) are more exhausted than any other day, yet they still don’t get to sleep until two hours after their normal bedtime? Why is that?! Something to work on for next time.

How was your Easter? Did you get to uphold some beloved old traditions? Did you create some new ones?

April 6, 2015
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  • Reply Ellen Oliveira

    These are all very lovely. Growing up we had more of a religious Easter tradition. So I never did egg hunts. My son is only one so I didn’t do that either with him but I think next year he’s game.
    Young Love Mommy

    April 7, 2015 at 8:32 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Oh, yes! Next year he’ll probably have a blast! My daughter was two when we introduced it to her and she loved it!

      April 7, 2015 at 8:51 am
  • Reply Naomi

    There was a community hunt here a week before Easter. When the bunny had to jump over some stuff to reach the sidewalk and get a picture with someone in a wheelchair, his head fell off.

    My poor girl! “I wanted the Easter Bunny to be a real bunny, but he’s just a person!”

    She still had fun at the egg hunt and playing all the activities.

    April 7, 2015 at 9:25 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Oh, no!!That’s so sad! I’m glad she still had fun!

      April 8, 2015 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply CourtneyLynne

    ahhhh egg hunts! Last year I took my daughter to one at the mall and she sorta understood what to do, but I had to help her out. This year I was so excited since my daughter knew she had to find eggs and understood what we were doing, but once at the egg hunt she just had to stick each plastic egg she found in her mouth when she found them -_- all I could do was laugh as all the other moms were looking at us like wtf? Lol…. maybe next year will be the year of the “normal” egg hunt for us lol….

    April 7, 2015 at 11:47 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      OMG! That’s hilarious though! So cute! I hope you got pictures!

      April 7, 2015 at 11:55 am
  • Reply Tricia

    Oh it looks like you had such a nice Easter weekend! The Easter egg hunt at the grocery store sounds very interesting. I can imagine kids missing an egg or too and an unsuspecting shopper picks it up Monday morning. We only did a small Easter egg hunt with our family this year. Hopefully we’ll get to one next year! My son kept stopping and opening up all the eggs though.

    April 8, 2015 at 10:45 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      I think next year we may organize a ‘play date’ egg hunt at my parents house. It was pretty nuts with all of those kids! You’re probably right, people probably found eggs on Monday-haha!

      April 8, 2015 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Melissa

    Those eggs turned out lovely! Our city used to have a lot of Easter Egg hunts at the parks and now there is just one or two giant ones…talk about chaos. That jelly bean trail is a really cute idea.

    April 9, 2015 at 7:45 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Thank you! Oh, wow, that sounds so insane! Thanks-Zoe loved following them to her basket!

      April 9, 2015 at 10:37 pm

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