I have a confession. Easter has never been one of my favorite holidays. NOT because of what it represents, but because the traditions weren’t all that fun for me.
Oh, I enjoyed helping the kids dye eggs, and I loved buying “spring” toys for the upcoming warm weather – sidewalk chalk, bubbles, water balloons, Frisbees….
But with four young kids, the day itself was stressful for me. Get up early, hide all the eggs and candy. Drag the kids out of bed so they could hurry up and find it all before having to clean them up for church. Wrangle everyone into their good Easter clothes, and try to keep them away from the chocolates before heading to church.
Then began the chore of keeping them still for the extra long Easter mass, then standing outside in the wind, or the rain, or the cold, or a mix of the three, until the church Easter egg hunt began.
Inevitably one would win the prize, so we’d have to wait around some more to collect the “big winner” prize.
I know it sounds like I should have enjoyed it. After all, they did. I just couldn’t get into the traditions that Easter brings.
Which is what made this year so fun!
I worked my normal 10 hour shift, getting home around 6pm. While I worked, my hubby and the kids grilled pork steaks, made baked potatoes, baked beans, and green beans, and baked cookies and a cake.
I came home to some pretty awesome smells, grabbed a plate and enjoyed a wonderful meal with my shrunken family. (Oh, how I miss Link.)
After we’d stuffed ourselves, we all grabbed our phones and sat in front of the TV for a night of games, courtesy of jackbox.tv. We played Drawful, Fibbage, Word Spud, and You Don’t Know Jack, laughing the entire night. Such fun! I have to say I enjoyed it quite a bit more than the Easter egg hunts.
So maybe not the traditional Easter celebration, but if it helps me appreciate the specialness of the day, then I’m all for it.