As lockdown becomes the new norm we’re challenged to find things to do to lift our spirits, and we find ourselves approaching Easter.
Although self-care is a priority for your sanity, Easter seems to be introducing a new opportunity to dig a little deeper.
Hope is at the heart of every Easter tradition and it didn’t even occur to me until just this year. Perhaps we all need a little more hope now that we did last year.
After much contemplation I’ve found 5 Easter traditions to implement from this year forward. Great for adults and kids!
1. Seeds of Hope: Candy and chocolate is great but the fun is over as soon as it’s gobbled up. So this year we’re including seed packets in the Egg Hunt. Plant a little seed and watch it grow. This year we’re trying basil!
2. Time Capsule: This can be really interesting in times of uncertainty. A newspaper clipping; a family photo, a letter/article about the state of things, a token of something that’s really important right now to you and your family, your own business card. Whatever you consider to be a collection of your current state and fits into a small box (shoe box) or in a balloon that you can paper-mache!
3. Easter Sweets: some people bake cookies, some make a cake, others make candy but whatever you choose, make your own desert on Easter! Kids can help with the whole process from mixing to decorating, and certainly eating.
4. Get Creative & Color: Whether you’re making bunny masks out of paper plates, coloring your driveway with chalk, painting eggs or painting an old piece of furniture like something out of Alice in Wonderland, adding colour to your life will uplift your creativity and energy.
5. Spring Resolutions: Doesn’t it make more sense to set new intentions and adopt new habits (like sugaring yourself) in the spring than in the dead of winter? We think so! Set the intention for right now or post-quarantine. We all need more things to look forward to!
6. Egg Efficiency: Painting eggs is so much fun but at times like these painting a dozen eggs when you don’t know when your next grocery delivery is coming can be stressful. So make a small hole at each end of the egg and use a straw to blow out the egg. Voila, you can paint and also have an omelette.
7. Easter Scrapbook: We get so caught up in all the doing that we sometimes forget to document the traditions, heck some of us go through the whole day and forget to take a photo. So make a scrapbook you can add to every year! Include family recipes, artwork, and pictures.
8. Easter Bath: To really stretch out the use of those plastic eggs; fill them will colored water (use food coloring), or colored epsom salts and let the kids have a colorful bath; bubbles and all.
9. Graham Cracker Bird House: We make gingerbread houses and things for Christmas and sometimes even thanksgiving why not make a little birdhouse with graham crackers? Decorate it and put your best painted egg in it?
10. Grow Easter Grass: Buying the plastic stuff for your baskets just adds to more plastic waste; which we are not at all about! But with a handful of wheat you can grow your own wheatgrass in a week; use it to line your easter baskets and then let the cat nibble on it until it’s all gone!
Stay positive and stay inspired.
Remember that nothing is permanent and
we will all get through this together!