Easter is one of the most exciting holidays of the year, as it’s not only another opportunity to eat plenty of sweets, but a celebration of the coming spring season and a welcoming of warmer days ahead. Of course, no Easter celebration is complete without a little egg dying and egg hunt, but there are plenty of other festive traditions you and your family can adopt to make the holiday a memorable one.
Start an “Easter” garden.
Easter is one of the first indications that spring has arrived, and what better way to celebrate than by starting your own garden? Plenty of wonderful-smelling flowers come into bloom around March and April, like lilies and hyacinth, which are perfect additions to a garden. You could also try planting your own fruits and vegetables, too, which you’ll be able to enjoy in a few months when summer arrives!
Make Easter bread.
This colorful confection is an Italian Easter tradition that is completely manageable, so kids can help out! There are a few variations on the traditional recipe, and you should feel free to make it your own, too—so long as you don’t forget the decorative dyed eggs.
Watch one of the classic Easter movies.
Though there’s no real explanation for it, it seems that every year there are a plethora of fantastic movies on television throughout Easter weekend. The Ten Commandments is always an obvious choice, but in recent years The Sound of Music and other classic films are among the must-see programing throughout the holiday.
Host an nontraditional egg hunt.
While most people have their egg hunts during daytime hours, it’s even more fun (and challenging) to hold the egg hunt at night. Kids will have a blast searching for eggs with only the light of the moon and a flashlight to guide them. This activity may be best reserved for older kids, but younger kids will love to assist them in the search.
Take a quirky family photo.
Taking a group shot on Easter is no new tradition, but you can turn this practice into a wacky family ritual that everyone will love to do year after year. Try throwing in some goofy costumes or props, like bunny ears, to create memorable pictures you’ll cherish.
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