Easter Traditions

So I’m one of those moms who loves holidays.  I know every national holiday and day. For instance today is cuddly kitten day.  Yeah you might as well judge me now. Anyway because of that my children get a kick of all the things I do to celebrate it. Now with Easter pretty much around the corner, my 4 year old has already begun to ask me if we will be doing all of the Mommy festivities as he calls it.  I reminded him of course.

I showed you what I did for St. Patrick’s Day where I made green pancakes, made a cake and decorated the house and my kids.  For Easter I do some great things too. Now before I go any further let me say that I grew up in a church that always had an issue with the kids and the Easter bunny.  If you are one of those parents I’m not knocking it but you may want to stop reading.  My kids are fully aware of the reason for Easter.  My kids probably know it better than some adults.  However with that being said, Easter is for Jesus and the babies in my house.

I make several baskets.  I do not like the store bought one.  I’m not against them in anyway but i think you get less for your money.  I would rather a child get a store one than none at all but my preference is always a home made one.  I recycle the Easter baskets since my kids are fortunate enough to have grandparents that means a lot of baskets come their way.  I reuse them because why keep buying them if they are in good shape.  So I try to do a theme for each one of my kids.  I also make one now for my 2 nieces, and my mother in law from the kids.  They are fun.  I get all of my supplies at various stores and I sit with my coupons to get the best deal.  So when the kids go to sleep after they have decorated eggs of course, I assembly line these baskets.  I cover them with the clear plastic and then I set them up for presentation.  I also wait until the wee hours of the morning since little people may get up to go to the bathroom and set rabbit prints from each room to the baskets.  I put bunny ears on their head while they are sleep.  They usually get bunny pancakes and then we proceed with their day. They also do crafts and I decorate the house as well.  Doesn’t this seem like a lot?  It is but you only get to have children as children for a short time.

Do we go to church?  For the most part but since my kids go all year long and churches are over crowded if I choose not to go I then do an Easter lesson.  I do not feel the need to over dress my kids and do the whole fashion show that often times takes away from the day.  I would rather my kids understand the day then have to squeeze into a parking lot full of folks that no one will see until the next year.  These are my thoughts you can do what you will.  I use to go to church every year and every Sunday for that matter out of religious obligation.  My whole thoughts now have shifted to yes that’s the place to come and worship together but if I miss a service I’m not doomed to hell. My kids won’t go their either as long as a parent I’m keeping them focused on what’s important.  It’s more important that I shift my kids from scripture reciting and more towards knowing how to use the scripture for their everyday lives.  Everyone who knows a scripture don’t always apply it.

We also spend the day with one set of grandparents since one set lives in a different city than we do.  I enjoy the family times, dinners, seeing the kids have fun and we also do an Easter egg hunt for the kids too.  So again its about faith, fun, and family.  I will share some of my pics with you on Monday but until then know that its an honor to be my kids mom and to awaken their creativity while remembering kids are kids and allowing them to do just that.  I hope if you celebrate Easter that you keep in mind what it really is about. Also have fun.  Let the kids be kids.  Trust me in a blink they become teenagers who won’t want to do that baby stuff.  You blink again they are adults with families of their own.  I enjoy seeing my children’s faces light up with excitement.  Even though the day isn’t about us its a great feeling to know that we can reference what Jesus did on the cross and also have fun and celebrate the day as well. Happy Easter from ToiTime.

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