For someone who’s basically “winging” a holiday from Google searches and dim recollection of past visits to people’s homes on Easter Sunday, the holiday turned out, well... let’s just say it could’ve been worse. Perhaps I’m exaggerating a tad bit, but there were valuable lessons I learned while trying to adopt a holiday that I myself have never experienced in my childhood. Since I tend to conveniently forget details (and thus doomed to repeat the mistakes of my past), here are my notes to self for next time…
1. On the night before Easter, trying to get the child to go to sleep by promising chocolate-filled eggs from the Easter bunny the next day only means she will wake up demanding chocolate and refusing breakfast until the egg hunt is over and her belly is laced with the loot she proudly hoists around the house. Breakfast of champions?
2. Toddler and chocolate - only adorable for the first hour when they so sweetly ask for them and do everything as they’re told. Until the sugar kicks in and then it’s like feeding the Gremlins past midnight. Not so cute and cuddly anymore.
3. While unpacking around the house, I found my fondue set and thought, why not an Easter fondue? And that’s what we did. I even procured hot capicola ham and Genoa salami for the meal, bucking and following tradition at once. But on a day where candy is consumed by the fistfuls, ingesting rich and cheesy fondue may not have been the best idea. Now I keep suspiciously eyeing myself in the mirror, wondering where the sugar and cheese will manifest themselves. I’m hoping the baby is taking care of all the extras (a.k.a. wishful thinking).
5. Prepare more Easter eggs - I didn’t realize adults delight in the dyeing of the eggs as much as kids do. In fact, my daughter showed less enthusiasm than the adults around the table. She was more interested in feeding her voracious appetite for chocolates, finding ways to manipulate more out of us!
6. I still don’t get the appeal of Cadbury Creme Eggs and Peeps. To me, they’re two of the most overrated Easter candies and therefore were completely left out of our house. We did indulge in other eggs-citing (oh come on, how could I resist?) treats though but mostly, we stuffed Little Miss’ basket with other cutesy things so she would overlook the lack of candy. As for the basket, I figured it really doesn’t matter with toddlers – it’s what’s in it that counts. With that in mind, I found a random basket around the house and decorated it with leftover ribbon from her first birthday – if there were Peeps in the basket, they would probably have said “cheap, cheap, cheap, cheap”. Another reason why they weren't.
* * *How was your Easter? What did you do? Did you and/or your kids OD on candy too? What’s your favorite candy?