The spring-time holiday is nearly upon us, so I figured I could write a blog about my Easter traditions. Some of them are pretty normal, and some of them may be a little unique just to my family. And there is nothing wrong with that! So yet again, I’m going to break out a list (I’m sorry, it’s just the way my mind works!). Oh, and my siblings are Ryan (he’s 30), Aurora (she’s 27), me (I’m 20) and my little brother Sterling (who is 17). Just so you know for reference when I say, “my siblings.”
- The first thing we do for Easter prep is hang up our decorations. We don’t get crazy, just enough so you know we care. We have little bunnies, chicks, eggs and other small spring decorations. My favorite decorations are the fancy egg shells we hang from our kitchen light (they’re dyed eggs, with the actual egg part taken out… and then there’s gold lace and beads on them and they’re so pretty and delicate… I love them!). We also do this thing every holiday that I like to call the Wall of Fame. We’ve had four kids go through elementary school art. That means a lot of projects. For Easter we have painted eggs on poster board. We’re badass. (When I was little, my art teacher told us to put things about us on our eggs… so I put my phone number. Truth.)
- After we’re all decorated, my cousins and grandparents and stuff come over and we dye our Easter eggs. Now that everyone’s getting a little older and kind of moving away, our party has gotten smaller, but we always have a good time. My family is loads of fun so it’s always a laugh. I’ll probably be posting pictures in one of my next few blogs of this 🙂
- On Easter Eve, all of my siblings and parents and I make a point of getting together our Easter baskets. We put the grass in, and all choose a few of our favorite dyed eggs to put in there. It just takes a few minutes, but my Easter Eve would be empty without basket prep.
- When we wake up (which is always ridiculous early… I am SO not a morning person.), the four kids walk down the stairs in our PJs while my dad breaks out the camcorder for home movies. We look EVERYWHERE for our baskets that the Easter Bunny hid. After so many years of hiding baskets though, my parents have to get creative. It’s always a running joke with my family that I give away hiding spots, because when I was younger I would always find baskets and think they were mine… when they really weren’t. My older siblings hated it.
- When I was younger, in addition to Easter baskets, we would each get an Easter book. Not like, related to Easter. Just a normal book, given as a gift for Easter. I have countless books that say “Happy Easter 1999 (or whatever year) Fio! Love, Mom and Dad.” We don’t really do that anymore because money is kinda tight, but when I have kids I would really like to continue that tradition.
- After Easter baskets and books are found and explored, our traditional Easter breakfast is monkey bread. Which is a delicious cinnamon and brown sugar baked thing made of love. I’ll post the recipe later!
- Easter Sunday is one of the Sundays that we ALL (well, not my dad, but he never comes with us) dress up and go to church. I’m not normally a big church goer (that is a separate post entirely…), but I was raised in this church and I will most definitely make an effort, especially for holidays. We put on our Sunday best and load up the car to go to church. It’s nice to have the family all together for stuff like that.
- When we get back from church, we take family pictures. When the weather’s nice (in Rochester, you never know if it’s going to be snowing on Easter or sunny and 70 degrees), we take them outside, but otherwise we do it in our formal living room. We do each kid, then all together, and then pictures with the parents. This picture (this was on the front page of Reddit, is on AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com and all sorts of fun places… I’ll take it as my 10 minutes of fame!) was actually from Easter of last year:
9. Now that all the fun of church and pictures is done, we have to start getting ready for Easter dinner, which is a big deal, considering how much my family likes food. We make ham every year. The whole family comes over and we set our table all nice, and we go for it. It’s really busy, but fun. I love my family, so I really like holidays that bring as all together. Especially with food.
That’s pretty much my Easter weekend. It’s really enjoyable. And this year, my boyfriend is coming for the first time… I’m nervous for him. He’s met a few people in my extended family, but never like cousins or anything. And he’s definitely never come to church with me before. I think it’ll work out, and I’m excited. I wish I wasn’t sick, but I think the weekend can be salvaged. So these are my Easter traditions, and I promise I’ll be posting pictures of the holiday as soon as I can get a chance. Also, do you have any fun or interesting Easter traditions? Comment! I’d love to know what people other than my crazy family do 🙂
PS, here’s the monkey bread recipe!
- 3 cans of Pillsbury biscuits
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- a bundt pan
And here’s what you do:
- Preheat the oven to 350degrees F.
- Make a cinnamon/sugar mixture to taste.
- Open and cut each biscuit into quarters
- Roll biscuit pieces in cinnamon/sugar mixture until even coated. Place evenly around a GREASED (trust me, you’ll want it greased) bundt pan.
- In a sauce pan, melt butter, brown sugar and 1 tsp of cinnamon until smooth and creamy.
- Pour melted butter/brown sugar/cinnamon mixture over biscuits.
- Place in the oven for around 30 minutes, or until the cake is slightly crunchy on top.
- Remove from the oven.
- Place a plate on top of the bundt pan (upside down) and flip so the cake falls out onto the plate.