For some, today is the fourth day of a nice long weekend, and for others (me!) its back to work. I’m musing a bit today on how I want to continue with our family holiday traditions. I’m a big fan of “start how you want to finish” but I also think its never too late to change course.
This Easter was jammed full of fun, but I think the most memorable bits are always the simplest, so I’m trying to figure out how I can distill those from all of the other things that I feel have become expected with any given holiday.
I put out a few Easter activities on our shelves (puzzles, tic tac toe, eraser counting and sorting), and we engaged in a few egg-centric activities (I’ll write up a separate post with details):
- natural egg dyeing
- glow-in-the-dark egg hunt
- egg geodes
- Easter sponges
- Easter cupcakes
- grinding egg shells for paint
Ella also received a lovely basket full of goodies and a new Strider balance bike for Spring (her birthday is in the summer). We travelled to visit my extended paternal family and Ella was treated to separate small celebrations with all grandparents. We read the Easter story and Ella attended both the Good Friday and Easter services at our church.
At the end of it all, my heart is full and I don’t feel like we missed out on anything… but I also want to pull back and see what could be simplified to let the special moments breathe in.
I’m also wondering what “special” aspects of the holidays should be pulled out and sprinkled along our everyday lives to make the everyday a bit more special. We really only visit our extended family on holidays, but it would be nice to allow Ella to connect with them more in-between, and the kids really loved the challenge of the egg hunt so I’m curious what other adventures we can create on a more frequent basis.
What do you look forward to the most during the holidays and what do you think you would like to see more of in your daily life?