I’ve got to admit that we’re all about the modern day festival of chocolate and treats at Easter. We aren’t religious, occasionally forget pancake day (don’t even call it shrove Tuesday) and we don’t give things up for lent.
That said, we also try not to focus too much on the edible treats.
Easter in Our House
The boys do get an Easter egg, after I’ve ignored the shelves full of chocolate for weeks on end and then picked up something on offer the week before. But they only get one small one each.
The last two years I’ve been talked into an Easter egg hunt in the garden. The first year, we had visitors and we wanted to create some fun and excitement for their kids too. Last year, it was all about trying to get some positivity in those first few weeks of lockdown. Now I can’t wriggle out of it!
The boys’ Scottish gran always sends some sweet treats and some clothes to set them up for the warmer months. This year, a Marks and Spencer order arrived a couple of weeks ago (goodness only knows why she’s chosen camouflage prints). My parents generally get them something useful, this year they’ve sent some money for an egg and anything else they want. I shall see what books they’d like to buy.
As well as their eggs though, they’ve each got a National Geographic Kids magazine (I planned ahead so they each have a different edition). Small boy has a Where’s Wally game and large boy a Yoda puzzle book. (Aldi aisle of mystery for the win!)
Our Easter Thoughts
Since we aren’t celebrating Easter for any reason other than its just the societal norm and because I don’t really want to lavish the boys with chocolate galore, I’m quite pleased that we’ve spent less than £25 total on them both. I’m always a bit bewildered by photos of their school friends with 5 or 6 eggs plus chocolate bars – all that must last them for weeks right?!
Despite our agnostic stance, the boys both know where the Easter traditions come from. Large boy famously told his teacher, aged 6, that he didn’t believe Jesus really died, he was just hiding in the cave apparently. I love that he challenged accepted thinking, created his own version and spoke up about it.
Himself and I just step through the event in the same way as Valentine’s or pancake day or Halloween. We aren’t fussed about it but its nice for the kids to have a treat and for us to take some time off work. The boys don’t seem that interested either, they both declined the opportunity to do crafts for a competition at school and the days of Easter bonnet making are long gone.
The Missing Piece
Until last year we would always be away for a week at Easter. We might have visited our parents or booked a holiday cottage: Llandudno, Harrogate, Sheringham. Just a week away, self catering, meeting up with friends and family. After we lost boy3 we had a week in Majorca, not a luxurious attempted escape from grief but a painful reminder that we’d planned it to scrape inside the 32 week rule but that no longer applied. Last year we should have been in Whitby. This year, its another staycation and we’re getting itchy feet.
How about you?
Do you celebrate Easter differently from us? What makes it special for you?
I’d love to hear from you.