Easter Family Traditions
Easter has come and gone and we have all moved on to the next public holiday or the next celebrations. For some people, the Easter weekend is a time to reconnect with God. I think churches see a lot more people around Christmas and Good Friday.
I do not judge. People need the Lord, we all need the Lord.
Some (me included) see the Easter weekend as a time to rest, recharge and spend time with family. We do not believe in Easter (Long story and I will not go into it now) and for us Easter has always been another opportunity to spend time with family. Nothing special, no special food, no special traditions. Just being together, visiting family, attending weddings and anything else that is happening at our home village.
Now that I am not at home (Botswana), and have a family of my own I am continuing with the tradition of Easter being about family. Miss T is a preschooler now and needs to run around more and burn all that energy so Easter was a great opportunity to do a lot of outdoor activities with Miss T. A lot of the time back home was meant for extended family, but now that I have 2 small kids and I am back at work fulltime, I do not have a lot of time with my kids and husband during the week so weekends and holidays are our time together. I do not believe in food being center stage in holidays and activities so we do not have any favourite holiday food. Maybe when the kids are older, but for now, food is not the focal point of our holidays, Easter or otherwise. There will be an Easter egg hunt at school and that is it.
Some ways to spend Easter holidays with family:
- Go to church: Easter may have pagan roots but a lot of Christians use the time to reflect on the death of Jesus Christ for our sins. You do not have to be a Christian to go to any church.
- Easter egg hunt: You can make your own hunt or go to one organised by the chocolate brands and shops. Whichever way, the kids will have lots of fun.
- Braai: This is my husband’s favourite activity, we don’t do it often enough for him. If you want to have a lot of people over with minimal cooking, then a braai is the perfect thing for a relaxed day with family and friends.
- Picnic: Grab some snacks and head off to a quiet place to rest and relax while the kids run around.
- Make brunch with the kids: We rarely have time to do anything with the kids. Easter holidays are the perfect time to take out the aprons and do some cooking as a family in the kitchen
- Go to a park: If you are like me and have little ones that need to run around, then the kids will enjoy this and hopefully you will too.
- Spa: If you just need some time out to relax and recharge, then this is for you
- Hiking: Let’s admit it, holidays with family and friends means lots of good food. Before the end of the holiday, a nice long unrushed hike maybe just what you and your family need. It will give you time
How do you and your family spend the Easter holidays?