5 Old-Time Easter Traditions to Make New this Spring
Easter is almost here.
You’ve got most of your weekend ready: the Easter baskets planned out, the final list of who’s coming to your Easter feast and the right centerpiece to give that eye-catching touch.
Or, you’re pretty sure you can whip out of the house early Sunday, grab your candy at a huge discount and make this Easter an execution in thrift you’ll brag about for years.
Either way, Sunday is going to happen, and you need to bring it – you don’t have another big family holiday until November.
So how do you take something that’s steeped in tradition and add something extra special? Believe it or not, there are a number of old-time traditions that live in obscurity but could guarantee more family fun this weekend.
Hence, we’ve put together a list for your consideration. We hope they become a family regular, or at least make the cut for this year’s celebration.
- Hot Cross Buns – These sweet rolls studded with raisins or currants have a long-standing history. It’s believed to have all started in the 12th century when an inspired monk created a roll to remind people of Good Friday. Try making them on Friday and eating them throughout the weekend.
- Eiertikken (egg knocking) – This just might be the best and most overlooked Easter tradition of all time. Egg knocking is the process of taking two dyed Easter eggs and putting them into head-to-head combat. Each contender holds their egg with the narrow end facing forward and then knocks it into the other egg. The egg that cracks first loses. Essentially, Beyblades of the old country.
- The Easter Egg Roll – The White House has been doing this one for near 130 years, so it’s a pretty well established national tradition. In this contest, each contender places a dyed, hard-boiled egg at a starting line. Someone yells “go” and, using only a wooden spoon to roll the egg forward, the person to roll their egg across the finish line first wins.
- Neighborhood Easter Basket – Ok, we’re stealing this from May Day, but seriously, who remembers to do that holiday? Make an Easter basket for a neighbor or friend and leave it on their porch in the morning. And while being inconspicuous would be fun, there’s enough suspicion these days to warrant a little note on the basket to put your recipient at ease.
- More Time to Celebrate – Regardless of your traditions, we can all agree that spending more time with loved ones and less time in the kitchen is ideal. So, order one of these Easter centerpieces meals and put your mind to ease. (Order by noon on March 28th to guarantee delivery in time for Easter.)
Whatever your Easter traditions are, have a great holiday!