Friday, March 21, 2008

Holiday Traditions

I love holidays! I love the special things we do to celebrate that brings our families together, and help to build memories for our kids. Our family has a few traditions that we have incorporated over the years to make the holidays more special. Tonight we're doing our family tradition of dying Easter eggs. I think I love dying eggs as much as the kids do. I guess it's the creative side of me coming out to play. On Sunday many of those dyed eggs will be consumed and eaten at our annual family gathering at my husband's granmother's house. I'm in charge of the deviled eggs every year, and the family members are happy to eat the discolored eggs where the dye soaked through on a couple. This is also the annual grandkids egg hunt. As the grandkids are getting older, it ws discussed that this event might end this year, but we've decided to still keep it going strong - much to the delight of my almost twelve-year-old who insists she's not too old to hunt Easter Eggs, especially for the ones that have prizes inside!

So, we want to hear from you. What are your family traditions for the holidays? How will you be spending Easter this year? Or even tell us about other holiday's traditions. Do you think you'll keep these traditions as time goes on? How have your traditions changed over time? Oh - and if you have a cute scrapbook layout documenting a tradition - we'd love to see it!

5 comments:

Donaldson family said...

I love traditions in our house too! My favorite one that I did growing up and I continue it with my kids is jelly bean hunt. Easter morning at some point we hide jelly beans around the house...making sure we count how many we hide. Then the kids get to find them. I remember many years where we didn't find them all and even my dad couldn't find them all so we would finally find them months later. :-)

Heather H said...

Yep, Dying eggs, hunts, Easter feasts, dressing up, all a special part of Easter. But one of the most special for me was always going to see the "No Grater Love" play put on by the Nampa Nazarene church. What an amazing job they do, and what a beautiful depiction of the story of the crucifixion of Christ. Even though I've seen it countless times I've never grown tired of it. I was probably 7 or 8 the first time I saw it, and last year I took my oldest son to see it for the first time, (the crucifixion scene is pretty intense so its not for young children). It was so special to share not only a childhood tradition with my son, but for him to also be touched by the most important event in our worlds history.

Jessica said...

Holidays like these are always a little weird for me. I don't have kids and usually don't fly home to be with family so it's easy to just do nothing, but how boring! I will probably try to convince my boyfriend to dye eggs with me. I miss the days when my mom would make me an elaborate easter basket that I would find full of treats and fun gifts. She always had something awesome for me for every holiday. She still sends me fun presents, I just find them in the mail instead of behind the couch. :)

April Peterson said...

We are totally doing eggs tonight too. I love it when Z gets so excited when then come out all colored! I love doing Easter Eggs..I even did them some years when I was still single! :) When I was growing up it was guaranteed that you would ALWAYS find an egg in a coffee cup in the kitchen and in one of Dad's shoes! :)

Shannon said...

For the past several years our Easter tradition has been for my now 19 year old daughter to be in charge of Easter. Easter is her favorite holiday and she loves to be the Easter Bunny. Even though my son is now 16 and they are way too old for all of this they still color eggs, have Easter baskets and hunt for eggs on Easter morning. The nice part for me is that my daughter does almost everything- including planning and preparing Easter dinner. Now that's a tradition I'd like to continue!