I can’t believe Easter is almost here! As I was raised Catholic, my Mom always made a point of celebrating Easter – the fun bunny stuff as well as the religious part of it. For Easter dinner she would usually make her amazing and mouth-watering leg of lamb, cooked in a bath of tomatoes loaded with herbs and, during the afternoon while the lamb slowly cooked, she’d pop in the old VHS of Jesus of Nazareth. There was also Easter mass and once or twice we even made it to our church’s three hour long rendition of the stations of the cross. As a kid, this was not the most amusing event, especially because we all had to stand throughout the entire thing. But the knowledge of an Easter egg hunt in the near future would keep me from complaining about how bored I was.
The egg hunt was my favourite, of course. My Mom was very creative about her hiding places, considering we lived in an apartment. And because there were three of us, she would make sure to hide an equal amount of chocolate and candy so my sisters and I wouldn’t be left out. Usually I’d find my sisters’ candy as well as mine but I didn’t mind giving them their share :P
This tradition went on until just a few years ago. Yes, even the egg hunt! The sight of three grown women looking inside flower pots for chocolate probably brought much joy to my Mom.
This year, most of my family, with the exception of Little Sister Sue who is returning from Japan (YAY!!!!) is out of the country and having Easter together will be impossible. Instead I will be having my own little Easter celebration with a few of my Mom’s traditions thrown in. I have to admit I’m not religious so going to church would feel wrong for me, but I do remember enjoying most of Jesus of Nazareth. And if I’m not in the mood for something that serious, I may just make Jay and Little Sister Sue watch Jesus Christ Superstar instead haha. I will most definitely be making my Mom’s lamb dinner but what I’m most excited about is the Easter egg hunt.
But first, decorations! I thought it would be fun to have a bunch of crochet Easter eggs so I’ve come up with a pattern for a simple egg shape. You can use different kinds of colours and yarns, add felt pieces, buttons, embroidery – consider it a blank canvas or I suppose, a regular egg begging to be dyed…except without the messy dye.
If you’d like to crochet some eggs for your Easter egg hunt download the PDF pattern here.
What kind of Easter traditions do you have? Do you have egg hunts? Large family dinners? I’d love to know!