Whether you go all-out with a big family celebration every Easter or you keep things small, it’s always fun to add a few new traditions to a holiday. Here are just a few ideas to get you started on making this year’s celebration extra special, whether you want some smaller fun things to try this year or some major inspiration.
Decorate the House
Most people don’t go all-out with Easter decorations the way they do for Christmas and Halloween. But why not get the house looking festive? You can get ready-made Easter decorations from World Market this time of year, but I think it’s best to go the extra step by making your own decorations. You’ll probably like these decorations better and they will certainly be better suited to your home.
Order flowers for your home to act as a lovely Spring decoration and to add a fresh scent to your home. Likewise, Easter lilies can be sent to your church to memorialize those who have passed away in the previous year. Consider sending Easter lilies to anyone who has lost someone this year, as well. This could become a particularly poignant tradition for many Easters to come.
Additionally, Easter trees are quickly becoming a more prominent Easter tradition. Choose a tree in your yard and help the kids attach plastic eggs, flowers, ribbons, and yarn for a new, fun tradition.
Have a Party
If Easter is normally a quiet holiday around your house, consider having a party. Make sure to buy Easter themed tableware in advance and have your menu prepared. Invite over a few friends for a nice dinner. Ham and lamb are some classic Easter favorites, but a specially prepared chicken can work just as well.
If you have kids or grandkids and Easter at your house is an all-ages kind of event, consider having a party for the families in your neighborhood or your church. Hire an “Easter bunny” to attend your event or arrange for a petting zoo with real bunnies and ducks. Organize a big egg hunt, Easter egg dying, and other Easter-themed games.
Go All Out on the Easter Baskets
If you normally keep the Easter baskets on the small side, let yourself get carried away this year! Fill your kids’ baskets up with special gifts: video games, movies, action figures, dolls, art supplies, sports equipment, etc. Consider having “theme” baskets for each kid. For example, if your daughter loves horses and your son loves dinosaurs, give each one stuffed animals or figurines of each animal and books about each.
You can even go the extra step of making the Easter baskets part of the fun. Check out the selection of personalcreations.com Easter baskets for hobby-themed Easter baskets or baskets that you can get customized with your child’s name.
And if Easter baskets are normally just for the kids, make one for your spouse or any other family member who will be staying with you or visiting over Easter. Or if have a friend or family member living far away who could use some cheering up, have an Easter basket delivered to them!
Do Things Up Nice
This year, have your Easter celebration include attendance at a community event, an Easter parade, a church service, or some other special event. Have your family get dressed up, especially if your group isn’t often inclined to do so!
If you are a member of a church or you are involved in any community service groups, get your family or friends to participate in a community or charity event. If you aren’t normally involved, now’s the time to get involved! This is a great way to remind your kids (and yourself) about the meaning of Easter and to help them develop into ethics-minded adults.
Easter is a time for rebirth, and with these tips and tricks you can breathe new life into your family’s celebrations. Regardless of how you choose to spend your time together as a family this Easter, the important thing is that you are spending the time together. In the days of iPads and smartphones, it’s nice to be able to slow things down once and a while and connect as a family.