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19.2.12

Do I really want to 'do' Easter?


I'm a sucker for a celebration. I like to throw myself into these things with abandon and go large. Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, sometimes Australia Day, sometimes not.

Easter has always been, well, Easter. Little old Easter. If you're not religious (and if you were, I'm guessing Easter is big), Easter is the most relaxing holiday of them all. Start with a few chockies left by the rabbit in any old hat, throw in bunch of flowers, a croissant breakfast and a disorganised backyard hunt complete with melting eggs and lots of fights. Easter. 

Now Pinterest has come along and I'm seeing that Easter can be so much more than that. There's this whole random Spring-themed, chicken-birthing, egg-painting thing going on in many homes. 

Do I want to deck the house with a pastel themed tree like Martha recommends?


Or add a sweet little wreath to the door to add a touch of Springy humour to Autumn?


Am I going to make egg candles with Martha (please, Martha, do go away)?


Gulp. Do I want to do the Every Kid In The Class thing?


Do I really want to do Easter? Another seasonal celebration that we're kinda in the wrong season for?

Do I? Do you?

[Main image: Easter craft and image by Kim at Retro Mama]

35 comments:

Miss Mandy said...

we do a few decorations, and some crafts in the week leading up to Easter. But that's it, definitely not providing stuff for the class etc. Man I already spend too much money on crap. We do do the little tree thing though.

ClaireyHewitt said...

Yes! You do.

I bought another cake decorating book today, jut because I like looking at the pictures, but I am also thinking maybe we might have some random cakes during the year - just because.

trudi@maudeandme said...

You probably don't want to....but I am guessing you probably will do something both fabulous and easterish.
Me...still getting over christmas.

Lib said...

You CAN resist Martha....I know you can! Do not let your resolve be compromised by the evil images perpetuated by Pinterest!! Bring on the hot cross buns I say :)

Amanda said...

It's funny, I was thinking the same thing the other day as I was in Bed Bath & Table where they have a whole table full of cute spring themed decorations with bunnies and chickens etc. I've never really done a lot in the way of decorating for Easter but this year, I think I might make a bit more of an effort. I love those egg candles above... might go have a little browse on Pinterest I think... :)

Kat @ I Saw You Dancing said...

My enduring memory of Easter growing up is eating chocolate and watching all those old great films: Ben Hur, Barabas, The Ten Commandments etc
We didn't observe the season in the religious sense but we sure were hooked on the camp melodrama of those films! (And the chocolate.)
It's a bit sad they're not shown on telly any more but it does make me think that it doesn't really take a lot to make a good memory. One of the things I loved most, I suspect, is that my Mum and sister and I flaked out on the couch to watch the movies together. We stayed up a lot later than usual (and it felt like a bit of a marathon to get even as far as the fatted calves), so it felt like a bit of an "occasion".

Jen R said...

lov the egg candles...no class Easter pressies...give yourself a break...where did this year go ...did I miss Xmas and we are talking Easter :0

Simoney said...

No No No.
We are in autumn at Easter.
Easter is cosy, its crunchy leaves, it;'s hot chocolate and spicy yeasty buns dripping with butter...
it is NOT Spring here.

Apart from that, being what you MIGHT call "religious-ish" we sometimes do a fun theme dinner - think middle eastern food and bedsheets = our humourous take on The Last Supper.
Now THAT I like to "do"
xx

Megan Blandford said...

The whole spring theme in the middle of autumn had never even occurred to me. Now I feel a bit dumb! And I want a beautiful autumny Easter... or hopefully I'll just make the most of the long weekend and go away.

Diminishing Lucy said...

I adore Easter. I loved it as a kid too: so much less hype and expectation than Christmas. As a result I make a heap more effort. I have old traditional recipes and old linens and old Faberge eggs - I can't wait!

Diminishing Lucy said...

But no no no to the pressure for the class. Never. I will expend my energies on my fam, not on school mumness! Xx

Down that Little Lane said...

Al about the chocolate eggs and hunts inn this house, we do at least three with different little people each time but no decorations.... Just gluttony x

Vanessa said...

Oooh, you shouldn't have started on that. I won't stop now!! As someone who's only lived here for a couple of years, I find it strange that celebrations tend to hark back to things that go on in the northern hemisphere. Yes I do miss Christmas when it's cold outside, but you know what? I love living here, and I really think we ought to make celebrations here work for us. It really niggled me when I was out and about over Christmas and New Year to see snow flakes and holly on chalkboard menus. Come on!!! It's like saying Christmas is only a real Christmas if it's snowing and you have a holly wreath on your door. Same with Easter. I remember last Easter seeing all these very elegant table settings in department stores and homeware shops. Elegant, yes, but not relevant in the slightest. It ain't spring, so we shouldn't pretend! I'm still adapting to life over here, and whilst there are many aspects I miss about living in the UK, I certainly don't want to be pretending it's anything other than what it is. Autumn is special, so let's make it cosy and autumnal. There. I'm done. And it looks like I may have written the longest comment ever. Sorry?

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

I have lots of great memories of Easter. Camping, hot cross buns and Easter egg hunts. The tradition of making an Easter basket the night before with my sisters and cousins and the next day finding your basket hidden somewhere was one of my faves. I get into the easter crafts in a small way - any excuse to make something fun! I don't decorate the house though, as we are usually camping. I did the class gift when I was a kid but have not done it with my own kids. I agree with Lucy - there's no pressure at Easter, like there is with Christmas, so it makes it so much more relaxed!

Lipgloss Mumma said...

i think you do!

Cherie @ 'a baby called Max' said...

Well, I didn't.

Until I saw this bloody post :)

Thankyou :)

Beck said...

Pinterest has a lot to answer for doesn't it?! My Things to make and DIYs board is WAY too full with things that I would love to do one day... and that's excluding the For the Home, For the Kids, Baby clothes etc boards.
Easter... I say follow your heart. If it will bring you joy and an extra spring in your step, go for it. If the thought makes you drag your feet, enjoy looking at what other people do. :) Here we will be celebrating and remembering what Easter is about with perhaps a splash of decoration.

Eat Play Bond said...

Its getting worse every year isnt it? I got sucked in to the Easter decorations last year and now that Skye is old enough to be excited about the Easter Bunny its easy to get carried away but I will be doing my best to keep it simple and using the extra ling weekend to see our family

mike i make said...

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It would be so nice, if you follow me back:)

Kelly said...

All these gorgeous pics make ME want to do Easter and I don't do much because I always work on Easter. I hope you follow up if you decide to do Easter. I'd love to see what you come up with.

Leanne said...

I have spent a few Easters with my friends in the USA and it is HUGE over there. All the decorations. Just like Christmas. You can even go to the store and line up for photos with the bunny. It doesn't really float my boat though. It's not something I'm that interested in .... a handful of chocolate and and some rabbit ears will do me.

Melissa said...

Yes yes yes- I am the same- until we lived in England- when I discovered pinterest there- I totally threw myself into Easter- and the kiddos loved it!!
Nothing over the top-more subtle and a little quirky...eggs in old silver red-cross store trophy cups- a tree of egg decos and ribbon to match - simple but still pretty cool...

Flippin Martha- she's always there lurking us to craft isn't she!! :)

Melissa- Miss Sew & So
xx

Miss Kitty-Cat said...

Baby G is too young to understand Easter - yet... And thus Easter doesn't mean a lot to us right now. Other than the holiday of course!

I am hoping to make hot cross buns this year. Last year I made cinnamon chip buns and they were fantastic. I'm not sure I'll have the time for all that proving and rising though...

K xx

Notchka said...

Personally, I won't forgo the hilarity of an Easter egg hunt involving 5 eggs that Daddy kept stealing from my girl's basket and re-hiding - that game lasted hours.

mel @ loved said...

I like that easter is laid back and relaxed. I don't go nuts with easter eggs, I don't decorate the house with easter bibs & bobs. We have the traditional chocolate egg hunt in the morning, we eat chocolate most of the day, but mostly we just enjoy the down-time. My family has a HUGE picnic on Good Friday though, that was always the most exciting thing about easter when I was growing up & now it's what my boys look forward to the most, as well as the chocolate of course!

Amelia {Weddings, Babies... Everything} said...

I'm exactly the same!!
I just thought of Easter as a good day to have a family lunch and eat some chocolate and hot cross buns... But I went on Pinterest last night and saw your pins, and then searched some more and now... I want to celebrate it with as much gusto as Christmas!! Who knew Easter could look so festive!? xx

annie said...

Is there a bah humbug phrase for Easter? The whole spring thing seems silly in Autumn- no more than Halloween harvest in our Spring, I suppose.
The kids made lovely tissue collaged eggs at playgroup years ago and a few at school. We usually make a tree branch dangly thing, drag out all the bunnies and chicken toys (that have survived the great op shop cull) and that'll do nicely.

shine little light* said...

When I moved from Australia to the UK when I was 9 years old I remember being asked by other kids that if summer is in december and winter is in june then do we have christmas in June. its so interesting how religious celebrations have become synonymous with there perceived season. xsx

Be A Fun Mum said...

I def don't do the class thing. I do love Easter but we don't really do a heap of decorating stuff. For me it's about family and, although I hate the word 'religious' many would define me as such. I just don't.

Joni Llanora said...

I'm glad there is someone else who can't help but consider planning celebrations after seeing Martha's projects.

claudia ortiz said...

I lovee the egg shell candles. I saw some like that on http://www.homeseasons.com but did you make those yourself? If so any walk through tips?


Thanks!!
-Claudia

Rhonda said...

I love Martha. I'm a sucker for all her stuff. I used to hate her. She stood for everything I was against and now I've joined ranks of crafy, baking, domestic mum/momming.

Sandra said...

Just do it! Those are some awesome things here. Thanks!

Julia Kuku Couture said...

I am family traditions obsessed so I say yes!

I did an easter egg hunt last year for the first time. I had lots of strict rules about how many eggs each child was meant to find and one special large egg with each child's name on it.

It was great and even better we had no fights. This year is going to be bigger and better (if I don't pop before hand I'm due april 11 & very worried I will miss the celebrations) If I do go early I am going to do a easter egg hunt in the hospital room.( I know thats crazy but I don't care)

p.s I only just found your blog and am so glad I did, I will be a regular reader :)

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

pinterest has a LOT to answer for hey!! I pinned a great little tutorial for fabric covered eggs, that I thought would be a good "choc free" activity with the kids....but now there is so many options who knows. but please, no "all kids in the class" Pleeeeeaaaase! xxx

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