Easter Traditions are a type of glue that holds families together and builds enduring memories. The traditions don’t have to be expensive, elaborate or logical – some can be downright silly. But for kids, having consistent events throughout the year are something that adds stability and anticipation to life.
Here are 8 different Easter traditions and crafts that are part of our family’s history.
1) Jelly Bean Trails
Jellybean trails are a real kid favorite. On Easter Eve, Steve spent at least an hour weaving five trails of jellybeans—one for each kid—all over the house. Each trail ended at an elusive basket filled with goodies. Sometimes the basket was outside in a tree or hidden in the clothes dryer. There would be a series of clues, jellybeans, another clue and more jellybeans. The picture is just one example of how we’d start a jellybean trail with either a special item belonging to the child or a cute name tag (the carpet was always vacuumed before starting this tradition).
Several years ago, we created beautiful colored string balls and hung them on our Easter tree . . . really just an giant indoor ficus tree that we decorated with lights and the balls.
We created the balls by dipping colored string in watered-down white craft glue (such as Elmer’s). The string is wrapped numerous times around a small balloon. We use small balloons purchased from The Dollar Store. When the string dries, the balloon is popped and the broken balloon pieces are removed. Because the glue on the string is dried the ball retains its shape. It’s a fun craft project for kids and they make great decorations.
3) Marble Eggs
Annette has been collecting these for years. She’s collected dozens of these stone eggs from trips to Mexico, garage sales and sales at Barnes & Noble. She now displays them on Easter grass in a cut glass bowl. Simple and elegant . . . and non-breakable . . . except for anything they might get dropped on! If you have children under the age of five years old, you may want to hold off on including these in your décor. You can get them on Amazon here.
The centerpiece on our dining room table is made up of pastel-colored pillar candles, colorful plastic eggs and lots of pastel colored curling ribbon all arranged on a white wooden tray.
5) Church Events
Church celebrations are a big part of our annual Easter traditions. A church near us puts on a Passion Play (recounting a different aspect of the Resurrection story) every year – with awesome music, drama, and pageantry. Of course, there are sunrise services and other church services on Good Friday to participate in.
Outside our front door, we have a 5-foot tall wooden cross made from two 2 X 4s. On top of the cross we place a “crown of thorns,” and on the cross bar, we’ve painted the words “He is Risen.” No matter what faith you practice, there are numerous decorations you can use to reflect your religious traditions. Get more specific measurements here.
7) Resurrection Eggs
On many Easters we pull out our Resurrection Eggs set — it consists of 12 plastic eggs, and each egg contains a Bible verse and an item representing a part of the Easter story. We pass the eggs around and read the verses as we stand in a circle to remember the true reason for our hope and our celebration.
8) Easter Egg Decoration
We took a huge brandy snifter and put a thick layer of Easter grass in the bottom and placed several spotted plastic eggs on top of the grass. These are a very easy and colorful addition to our holiday décor.
All of these activities and decorations have become a part of our Easter celebration at one time or another. The kids loved participating in the crafting and the set up each year – and always looked forward to their jellybean trail . . . even into their late teens. Just a couple of years ago, when youngest daughter Abbey was dating Collin (now husband) she insisted that he had to experience an Economides Easter jelly bean trail. We all laughed and took pictures of this strong young man crawling and grabbing up gobs of jelly beans and Cadbury mini chocolate eggs as he followed the trail to the prize of an Easter basket filled with goodies that Abbey and Annette picked out specially for him.
If your family has a few Easter traditions, some of these ideas could add new excitement to your day. And if you’ve never thought about creating traditions for Easter, this may be the year to try a few.