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Why Bother The Bunny?

Easter so longed for is gone in a day. – James Howell

Do you remember as a child how long it seemed to take before Easter finally arrived?

We talked about it in class and made Easter baskets.  We talked about it at school as we joined in with the Easter bonnet parade.  We talked about it in the playgrounds and then we went home and drove our parents nutty with “How many days now?”

Then Easter arrived one morning and was gone before it was even bedtime.

I’d change James Howell’s quote to say that Easter is gone in less than a day.  The only reminder we had was a pile of torn foil and, on our return to school, the Easter egg comparison charts.

“How many eggs did you get?”

“Oh, I had way more than that…”

Now that I am an adult, Easter still seems to fly past.  Admittedly I spend the lead up time shopping for Easter eggs and gifts for family and friends, but the day itself just disappears.  By the time the eggs have been discovered, we’ve caught up with others, celebrated the day and we are all on a chocolate high, it’s almost impossible to remember the day.

As kids we had nothing to worry about except who we’d see and how many eggs or pressies we might be given, so it is still easy to remember the good bits even after all these years.

Now I struggle to remember anything about last year’s Easter, or the one before that.  It isn’t a faulty memory that is to blame; it’s busyness and the responsibilities of being a grown up that get in the way.

I don’t want to miss out on another Easter memory.

Instead of giving people just chocolate this year I’d like to give them all a little digital camera so they can record the day.  I might not have time to take photos but I can share theirs and we can keep them forever.

How will you remember this Easter?

Easter Memories

Easter is the perfect time for creating lasting memories because of the many diverse traditions that surround the observance of Easter. Regardless of how your family celebrates this holiday, it is an occasion that is often filled with laughter and joy, so it’s perfect for making and capturing special moments with the children and other loved ones in your life.

Whether you observe Easter with new or old family traditions, many enjoy watching their children hunt the brightly coloured eggs that the Easter Bunny has hidden, as well as cheering their children on during the traditional Easter egg roll.

Many of us still fondly recall dying our own Easter eggs, and this remains one of the most popular traditions that grown-ups share with their own children today. Some of us go to great lengths to take full advantage of our children’s creativity and energy by creating a decorating station for our children, complete with cups full of egg dye, as well as crayons, glue sticks, glitter, construction paper, ribbons and more.  This then allows each child to decorate their own egg just the way they wish

Over the years, Easter celebrations have added some newer activities as well that are fun for both children and adults, such as hosting Easter themed parties with Easter Bunny cakes and perhaps an Easter egg piñata that’s filled with Easter themed candies and toys. Party games such as pin the tail on the donkey are modified to become pin the cottontail on the Easter Bunny, and even a simple game of “hide and seek” can be upgraded to reflect the special day, with the designated seeker wearing bunny ears or carrying an Easter basket.

One popular recent tradition that combines the Easter holiday with children’s love of fairy tales is for grown-ups to help their children plant some “magic beans” (brightly colored jelly beans) into some loosened soil the night before Easter. The next morning before the children awake, the magic beans can be “encouraged” by adults to “grow” into large multi-coloured or swirled lollipops with bows. This works well for very young children, and children who can’t eat chocolate.

Others plan a special feast for Easter and encourage their children to help out by working together to decorate the Easter themed desserts. Making sugar cookies with your children in the shapes of bunnies, chicks, eggs and even crosses, and letting them frost them with pastel coloured icing is perfect, and older children can even help with the preparation of special Easter breads and other dishes.

Whether you participate in these or other Easter themed activities, Easter is an opportunity to create lasting memories with your loved ones.  Make sure that you have your camera ready so that you don’t miss out on preserving the joy and magic of this special day.