As my oldest son nears adulthood, I am increasingly aware of the fact that our days spent together are numbered. This awareness has led me to become almost fanatical about making every special occasion and holiday extra fun and memorable. So, despite the fact that we have celebrated several Easter seasons together, I am still on the hunt for traditions I can introduce that my children can carry on with their own families or that will draw them back home to celebrate with us. Happily, I have stumbled upon several great ones, which I am happy to share in the hopes everyone can enjoy a joyous Easter this year (and for years to come).
Classical Easter Traditions
First, let’s go over the classical traditions just in case some of you were deprived as children or just awoke from a coma with amnesia and don’t have this information already.
- Decorating eggs
- Easter Sunday church service
- Easter baskets
- Easter egg hunt
- Easter dinner (usually ham, a couple of sides, and rolls)
New Easter Traditions
Now, here are a few that you might be new to you (they were new to me).
- Non-Traditional Egg Decorating – click here to check out different ways to color your eggs and click here for other egg decorating techniques.
Christ-Centered Easter Traditions
For several really fun and interesting traditions that celebrate the religious meaning of the holiday, check out 12 Christ-Centered Easter Traditions from the Happy Home Fairy. My favorite is the Easter Garden, complete with Jesus’ tomb from which the stone blocking it is mysteriously moved out of the way on Easter Sunday.
History Behind Easter Traditions
And for those of you with enquiring minds, or who have inquisitive kids, you can find the history behind the classical Easter traditions here (e.g. how bunnies, eggs, and chocolate became associated with this religious holiday).