Celebrate this season of renewal, abundance and love with some new
family traditions. Here are seven ideas:
1. Create a kindness wreath for your front door. Begin with a
small, plain wreath. A week or two before Easter, distribute 10 or
more ribbons in bright spring colors to each family member. Whenever
someone reaches out to another in kindness during the week, another
ribbon is tied onto the wreath.
2. Fill a wicker basket with handmade cards featuring cheerful
messages and perhaps a small gift or two. Leave the basket anonymously
on a friend's doorstep, along with a request that they empty the
basket and do the same for someone else.
3. Sit down with your children and each create a special collage or
drawing that depicts what Easter means to each of you. The artwork can
become a permanent part of your family's Easter decorations. Before
they go into storage at the end of the season, scan them or take a
photograph so you can record the artwork in your family journal or
4. Videotape (or audiotape) young children singing a fun seasonal
song. These renditions of "Little Bunny Foo Foo" and
"Here Comes Peter Cottontail" will be treasured for years to
come. Make copies and send the tapes to family and friends whom you
can't be with on Easter.
5. When it's time for your annual Easter get together, present each
guest with a 6x6 or 8x8 sheet of cardstock and ask them to handwrite a
message especially for the Easter holiday - perhaps ways that they are
feeling joy, gratitude, or hopefulness. Snap a photo of each guest and
create a simple (and quick) mini scrapbook album as a keepsake,
featuring one page for each guest - with their photo and Easter
6. Make a Garden Journal. Cover an ordinary dime-store composition
book or journal with spring patterned papers or magazine clippings of
your favorite flowers. Now record the process of creating your family
garden this year. Make sure to include pictures of each of you working
in the soil. Don't forget the journaling - and lots of flower
7. Buy or make handmade Easter greeting cards and send them to
friends and family. Make a point to send out at least seven cards this
season to people with whom you'd like to create a deeper friendship.
May these ideas for Easter family traditions spark more ideas that
you can use throughout the year to celebrate the beauty that comes to
us through friends and family.