Thinking About Easter Traditions

With Easter fast approaching I’ve begun thinking about what we want to do for Easter. As with Christmas I want to draw from our German ancestry for how to celebrate without using the traditions that have become too commercialized or too candy driven.

The week before Cam and I will dye about a dozen eggs (fresh from our chickens). Eventually I would love, love, love to do the Eastern European pysanky eggs, but that’s a bit beyond Cam’s abilities now so it will have to wait. I suppose every year we can try a new style of egg dying. This year I want to use things we have in the fridge and pantry, natural dyes. It should be interesting to experiment, especially since our eggs are brown, with the exception of our Easter egger chicken who lays green eggs, which may change how the colors turn out.

We’re going to have a brunch with all the grandparents and a little Easter egg hunt for the eggs. I’m also putting together a couple Easter baskets for her that have little puzzles, some handmade toys, fun odds and ends, and even a little candy. Unlike Santa Claus I am okay with the Easter Bunny or Easter Hare as he is German in origin. I also really want to use one of our small maple trees as an Easter egg tree, another amazing German tradition. See this Wikipedia article for more information.

Lilies Rabbits EggsThere are two books I have found useful in

learning about what our options are for Easter (and other holiday) traditions. Lilies, Rabbits, and Painted Eggs by Edna Barth is from a series that talks about the symbols and traditions around a variety of holidays. Unfortunately they are out of print but you can still find them used and in your local library.


All Year Round

The other is, I gather, a Waldorf classic, All Year Round by Anne Druitt. This one is especially helpful with thoughts and reflections, ideas for crafts and food, and information about the holidays and their origins. Traditions Banner

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