When at Blissdom this year Hershey's was a sponsor. A very generous sponsor. While I didn't get a chance to make the s'mores with several of my buds that I had planned (we brought the Hershey's chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows ourselves but I forgot the fuel for my mini blow torch), Hershey's did offer bloggers the chance to make their own Easter baskets.
Mine recently arrived, and I think Mister Man is going to be happy come Sunday. I know my husband was when I showed him that I chose mini Cadbury eggs just for him. There were so many options to put into the basket, and I loved that there were Hershey's options sans HFCS that I can give to Mister Man, something I greatly appreciate.
Every year, I create Easter baskets for the wee ones. The baskets are never the same, but they're always filled with something slightly edible (it's Easter!), but something that still fits within our general nutrition guidelines, as well as toys or activities we can do together. Because Easter is another of the family holidays, it's important to me that the wee ones know it's about doing things together, so we emphasize that with our baskets.
So far, the wee ones still believe in the Easter Bunny, but I have a feeling this may be the last year. Do third graders still believe? When they saw the Easter Bunny at an event recently, they immediately found and noticed the zipper on the hood and the blonde hair sticking out the back, but they decided it was just a "helper" because the Easter Bunny must be so busy. I can only hope to keep this tradition alive for just a little longer - without lying to them, which I refuse to do.
One thing we've never done but always intend to do is to dye Easter Eggs. It was one of my favorite things to do growing up, but this will be the ninth year I've let it get away from me. Part of it is that I am the only person in the house who likes hard boiled eggs, so what do we do with them after they've been dyed, but really we just get too busy and forget. I have three egg dying kits in my Easter bin in the basement because I have good intentions.
I'm a little sad that we've never done it. And we won't do it this year, as tomorrow is taken up by heading to the Ronald McDonald House to cook for the families staying there before making dessert for Easter, and Easter itself is full of church and an Easter Egg hunt at my parents' house and a ginormous ham dinner.
And somehow... that's enough tradition for us right now. Maybe someday when the wee ones aren't so wee (at what age do they need a new moniker?), maybe that's when we'll find the time to dye eggs, another tradition we can create as a way to cement the bonds of our family on yet another holiday.
Hershey's asked that we share our Easter traditions with our readers as part of the Hershey's Bunny Trail where there are recipes, memories, and plenty more to help all of us get ready for Easter.
In the interest of full disclosure, I received a Hershey's Easter basket. I was not compensated for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.