Easter has quickly become one of my favorite holidays. Growing up, my mom would make us Easter baskets with lots of fun treats, and then my dad would hide them. We would wake up on Easter morning and follow a trail of plastic eggs around the house trying to locate our baskets, which he would place somewhere really high and out of reach just to tease us. It was always such a fun memory. Now that I have my own family, it’s been fun to create our own Easter traditions with the kids.
Easter is really the first big holiday we celebrate as a family after Christmas, so I love the idea of making it a big deal and starting some Easter traditions now that we’ll cherish as our family grows. Easter is always a fun excuse to get dressed up, eat a yummy brunch, and see family. We also love to get outside for Easter egg hunts, and decorating eggs. Even if it’s still a little cold, Easter always feels like the moment when we finally turn the corner and spring is here.
Last year, the pandemic had really just hit around Easter, and it was our first big holiday in quarantine, so we had to rethink our Easter traditions and plans. Even though it was hard not to celebrate in our usual way, I liked having the opportunity to think of how we would make Easter at home with just the four of us feel special.
If you’re thinking about what you’ll do for Easter this year, whether you’re stuck at home or going to be seeing family, here are some of our favorite Easter traditions.
- Easter baskets waiting for the kids in the morning
- Easter egg hunt
- Dyeing and decorating Easter eggs
- Church on Easter Sunday
- Cooking a big Easter brunch
- Getting dressed up and taking family pics
- Easter dinner with extended family (in non-Covid times)
- Planting flowers to watch grow all spring
- Easter afternoon walk/hike
- Making carrot cake (something we’ll be trying for first time this year)
- Read Easter books with the kids
- Visit with the Easter bunny (virtually this year)
- Watch Easter movies like Hop and Peter Rabbit