Traditions New and Old
Easter is special to many of us. And for various reasons. I like it almost more than Christmas, to be honest. I love finding little goodies for the kids' baskets, sewing up a new dress/outfit for that Sunday morning, trying to find a hat to wear, and hiding eggs.
In our family, it's usually the first weekend my daughter and I paint our toenails because it's finally warm enough to wear sandals.
And then, of course, there's that extra feeling of celebration in the air as more people talk about Jesus. While it should be an all-year feeling, we all know that doesn't happen. So, it's nice to see so many people happy to talk about Him, even if only for a weekend.
Of course, last year, with COVID restrictions in place, we celebrated at home. And it turned out rainy that day, so we hunted eggs inside, around online church services.
This year, we're finally back to having services and classes, too. And the day was absolutely gorgeous weather-wise. We invited friends over for lunch--we've done grilled lamb roast the last few years--and most of us even got a nap. It was wonderful.
Last year, I did resurrection rolls with the kids. What is that? Crescents wrapped around a big marshmallow with cinnamon sugar and butter. When you bake them, the marshmallow melts and disappears, just like Jesus disappeared from the tomb. It's a really neat activity to talk to the kids about the meaning of Easter.
This year, we decided to try our hand at hot cross buns. They turned out fairly well, if a little dry. And I will probably go back to my stand-by of orange cinnamon rolls for our breakfast next year, but it was fun to have my kids point out the cross and what it meant.
As the children grow and understand more, I am trying to cherish these fun moments, the innocence and joy that permeates every inch of their lives. Because I know all too soon they're going to stretch into sullen teenagers who I'll have to drag out of bed or force to wear something a bit nicer.
Did you try anything new for Easter this year? Get to return to some of your old traditions after not being able to celebrate them last year? I hope you got to celebrate at least a little! And I'd love to hear about more traditions we can try in the future.
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