27 March, 2015

One egg, one book.

Talk to me, I'm curious about what traditions you have in your family. Do you have any? What kind are they? Are these 'new' traditions or something passed down through your family?
You see, having such a young family (a 4yo & a 1yo), we have this chance to start our own family traditions but geesh, you think that coming up with such wonderful things would be easy but nope!  This is where I'd like your opinions, feedback & suggestions on what you do & if you could, would you change it?

Now, thinking of traditions, think of Easter.
We aren't a religious family but we celebrate Easter & Christmas and of course, Easter means chocolate ..right? 
Should this mean copious amounts of Easter eggs eaten to extreme that you start to feel sick before breakfast?  Nope. I don't want this for me or for my kids, especially as Delaney hasn't even had chocolate yet and Joe (who is 4) eats chocolate less than once a month.

I have been asking around, people have been saying that they have big Ester egg hunts and the kids end up with a big pile of Easter eggs. ... they seem ok with this, giving their kids heaps of chocolate. I don't know, is it just me or are we encouraging our kids to pig-out and expect more rather than less?
I've been thinking & thinking and suddenly, late last night, I came up with this:  one egg & one book per person in our family. 
So that means I get one egg & one book as does my husband, Joe and Delaney. Now, the size of the 'egg' can of course vary and hey, it can even mean a bunny or block of chocolate but in Delaney's case, I think it will mean a toy bunny. And the book, well, we all love books, so we can all have fun picking out a book for someone else. We can also turn Joe's egg & book into a 'hunt' with clues like a pirate map & make it fun.

I think I kinda like this idea, as I've been trying to clear out the clutter from our life and use the mantra "less is best". We don't need to over-consume all the time and I feel that if we start now & teach our children this then eventually (hopefully) we can all live a happier, cleaner, healthy life.

So now to you... what do you think of my idea? 
Is it a crazy "this mum doesn't know what she's doing" kind of thing or do you think it's a good thing?
What do you do at Easter time?

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  1. I think your idea is great and very well thought out. Your kids are the perfect age to start this tradition, before the peer pressure of school taints their expectations as they compare what they have with others. Unfortunately we have always done the 'pig out' style tradition at easter and now my kids are too old to accept a change. I'm a bad role model when it comes to chocolate, just can't help myself!

  2. We don't have any real traditions, Ryan likes to do the egg hunt thing and I try to limit the amount of chocolate by including a toy, book, or activity. I also like the idea of new pyjamas.

  3. Nice idea - I like adding a book to any celebration!
    During Easter, my boys build a little 'cave' in the garden, to represent the grave of Jesus. We wrap a little tissue bundle (the body) and put it inside, with a rock covering the opening. They make three crosses from ice cream sticks and put it on top. Some time after they've gone to sleep Saturday night, I'll open the grave and take 'body' away, so they can see the open grave Sunday morning. And we read through the Bible story through the weekend.

  4. I love your idea. For Easter egg hunt I fill the eggs with a few pieces but mostly change. When the girls were little it was tiny cars and toys that would fit within a plastic egg.

  5. It's a great idea. I like treating my children to something other than chocolate such as something crafty to do or a new toy. We are planning on doing potatoe print easter eggs, a craft project for my 7 year old and two year old to enjoy hopefully.

  6. I was thinking of doing a choc bunny and a new pair of winter PJ's.
    Easterbunny brings a choc bunny and something? (last year it was a peppapig mug for their milo) plus he drops a few of those tiny eggs from the front door to where he puts the bunny etc.


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