*My Works-For-Me Wednesday tip is a semi-re-run this week. I shared this favorite family tradition last year, though I've updated it a bit.
I think I've made it pretty clear how I feel about winter. As far as I'm concerned, except for the one bright spot of Christmas, it's the bleakest time of the year. When winter does finally shed its sorry self, I feel like celebrating--don't you?
Instead of doing the bunny and egg dealie on Easter, we have a celebration-to-end-all-celebrations on the first day of spring (March 20th, this year). We color eggs, we hunt for them, we do silly little gifts and we bake a bunny-shaped cake that the kids get to decorate (instructions here). Basically, we do all the more secular Easter traditions on the first day of spring, and we do it big. Outside of Christmas, it's our biggest celebration of the year.
This little family tradition serves several purposes. First, it frees up Easter to focus on the real reason we celebrate. Secondly, the kids still get all the fun of egg hunts and the like, albeit at a slightly different time. Thirdly, it just feels right to celebrate spring, that old friend who faithfully returns to make me feel a little lighter each year. My kids love this tradition and start talking about it weeks ahead of time. And I already have a throw-down of a celebration in the planning stages (this year the first day of spring falls during spring break, which is especially handy).
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