I have such fond memories of Easter as a child. We were never a particularly religious family, but family celebrations at major holidays were a big deal for us. My mom always knew how to make things special – no matter what was going on in our lives, or how much money we had. We always had surprises, treats, special meals, loving times. My husband thought I was a bit nutty one of our first Easters together as a couple… I bought him gifts, an Easter basket, left him little notes and clues to find things around the house, etc. I thought that was what everyone’s family did. He now gets into all the fun little traditions as much as I do (mostly because he can’t say no to salted caramels, which he gets in his own personal Easter basket), and we’ve had a blast coming up with new ideas for our kids.
The dilemma I’ve found myself in over the past few years is this: How can a “treat” be a healthy one, and not sugar- or fat-filled? And, how can I show my kids how much I love them and am thinking of them without buying some silly toy they’ll just break in 2 hours anyway? It’s not that I think we need to completely avoid candy and sweets – everything has its place (and I know that if I restrict or forbid, they’ll just want these things more). I just want to find a better balance of treats, toys, and experiences. So, this year, I’m going to mix things up a bit. I’m going to buy each child a book and a *small* chocolate bunny, and then we’re going to hunt for “eggs” filled with healthier snacks, like dried mango, nuts, pretzels, trail mix, and even baby carrots. After all, if the Easter bunny can love carrots, why can’t my 3 kids?! Then, after the craziness of Easter morning dissipates, we’ll have brunch with our extended family, and spend the day together at the park. I can’t wait.
What do you do to celebrate Easter? What tips and tricks do you use when dealing with children and food-laden holidays? I’d love to hear from you!