Sunday, April 8, 2012

how traditions get started

We are reading a book about detail and sweating the small stuff in our book club.  This is super important when it comes to the holidays and family tradition.  A little detail that you may overlook could be the one that they are anticipating.  We happened upon our Easter traditions by accident. 

My family always hid the decorated eggs for Easter when we were growing up. I thought that this would be a great tradition to carry on when our daughter was old enough to hunt for eggs. We painted a dozen of them, and after she went to bed we incorporated a tradition from my husbands family; the outdoor Easter egg hunt.  Good thing she wasn't aware of the Easter holiday and wasn't expecting an egg hunt because our first kid, our golden lab Elvis, ate all one dozen of those pretty painted eggs before our daughter woke up. 

The next year we still painted eggs, but we purchased plastic ones for our egg hunt. Amateurs with the plastic eggs the next morning we found that the wind had blown them all out of hiding and into the open.  Not much of a hunt.  It was more like playing a game of pick up sticks.  For a 3 year old it was fine, but we knew we had to up our game for he next year. 

Loose change was the perfect answer. Kids love it and it would weigh down the eggs keeping them in hiding through the night. Yes, the perfect egg hunt. 

For years we had been putting the money jar coins into the eggs without much thought to it.  Then, one Good Friday during a very hectic year (aren't they all) the kids were babbling in the back seat and one of them mentioned he money the Easter bunny brings.  Confused, I asked "what money?". "the money in the eggs Mommy".  Saved!  It hadn't crossed my mind that we needed coins for the eggs and this was the first that I realized that this was a new family tradition. 

What Easter traditions do you have?

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