Wednesday, March 14, 2012

5 Easter traditions from the pigpen

It is hard to believe that we are only a few weeks away from Easter.  Personally, it seems hard to believe that it is already the middle of March, let alone almost time for Easter.

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend Blissdom and visit with the awesome folks from Hershey's Bunny Trail.  In fact in a few days, a special Easter basket will be arriving filled with a few of this peigpen's favorite Hershey's Easter candies like Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs and Cadbury Creme Eggs and Mini Eggs.  Thanks Hershey!!

In anticipation of this special Easter basket, I thought I would share a few of our family's Easter traditions. 

In the afternoon on the Friday before Easter, Good Friday, the kids decorate Easter eggs with my mother-in-law. 

The kids look forward to this each year as my mother-in-law goes all out in making sure they each of plenty of eggs to decorate with all sorts of colors and such. 

This year will be Little Sissy's first year to color eggs and I can't wait to see the smiles on her face.

On the Saturday of Easter, my in-laws host our family Easter complete with an egg hunt for all of the grandkids.

This usually involves the whole family in some manner whether it be helping the kids or hiding the eggs.

I can't believe how much Little Sissy has changed in a year. 

On Easter morning, the kid wake up to find their Easter baskets have been filled by the Easter bunny.  

Big Sissy, Bubby, and Little Sissy each have their own unique Easter basket.  Thanks to an idea from a former co-worker, they each have the Longaberger Easter basket from the year of their first Easter.  I hope they will each treasure their special Easter basket as they get older and have a similar tradition with their own children. 

If you look closely, you will see Little Sissy's chocolate moustache thanks to the Easter bunny.

The biggest part of our Easter weekend is being able to attend mass to celebrate the reason for the season.  We don't often hear this saying during the Easter season, but it applies just like it does at Christmas.

 And my last tradition is one we also have at Christmas and was started by my mom... a new Easter outfit for each of the kids to wear on Easter morning.  However, I must admit I often space getting a picture of the kids in their special outfit so hopefully I will remember this year as I'm excited about their coordinating outfits.

This picture was taken on Mother's Day 2011 as I spaced taking the picture on Easter. 

What Easter traditions does your family have?


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