Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays because it is so rich with tradition in my family.
Growing up, my sister and I were always adorned in our matching outfits with our Easter baskets that we’d had since we were babies. The Easter Bunny would fill it with the same candy year after year — little egg cartons that had bubblegum eggs and chocolate-covered malt eggs that I think he put in our baskets especially for my mom.
My husband and I always pride ourselves in carrying on those family traditions with our own family. As soon as my kids were born, an Easter basket was one of the first items I bought for them. I already have Macks’ picked out and ready for Easter. These are baskets that we use year after year, and I hope to continue for as long as they let me.
Although they are too young for some of the candy, I still fill it with the same bubblegum and malt balls that were in mine, years ago. We also have fun dying Easter eggs and having an Easter egg hunt in our apartment on Easter morning. The eggs are filled with candy and coins to go in their piggy banks.
While it’s fun to pass on the Easter fun that I did growing up, I also want to start new traditions that my kids can pass along to their children one day. I love asking the kids for their input on what special things they want to do for Easter. Macks is still too young to join in on the fun, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t include him. The girls will probably decide for Macks what fun Easter activity we want to do, but he will be right by our side joining in.
Easter is a time for family to grow closer together — spiritually and in our relationships. I hope that later on in life, Macks can look back at these photos from his first Easter and see how much happiness he brought to these traditions he helped create.