For me as a young girl, Easter meant pretty new dresses, and more candy than I’d seen since Halloween. As I grew older, I longed for the Sunday mornings of my childhood when a basket of marshmallow peeps and a diorama egg had me on top of the world. But it’s not just about candy.
OK So the Easter Bunny Plays a Part
For many, having a photo with the Easter Bunny is tradition. As a child I remember heading to the North Shore Mall in Saugus for a pair of cardboard bunny ears, and a picture with an Easter bunny who was always just a tiny bit frightening to me. This year, meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt at Uno’s in Haverhill. Outside, weather permitting. Kids get a free lunch with purchase of an adult entree.
Tired of decorating eggs with food coloring, crayons and stickers? Try something new and take a Pysanky Egg Dying Class (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) this year. Learn the craft at Indalo Gallery and Studio in Newton, MA. It looks difficult, but I remember my brother and I sitting around a kitchen table experimenting with this technique in our early teens. The end results were quite impressive!
Sunrise services are traditionally held to commemorate that dawn long ago, when Mary found the stone rolled away from the tomb. My favorite sunrise service is held outdoors at Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge, NH. It’s a bit off the beaten path, but definitely a gorgeous location, and on a beautiful spring morning there is no better place to stop and remember the reason for this celebration of renewal.
Easter Brunch or Easter Dinner
With a “Kids Table” in the kitchen, and adults gathered in the Dining Room. Easter Dinner with my Grandfather was always a rambunctious event with lots of aunts cooking, and tons of dirty dishes. If you want to avoid all that, check out the Easter special Brunch and Dinner options at Cobblestones in Lowell, MA. A 40 foot buffet includes carving stations, prime rib, lamb, eggs benedict, and more! And no dishes to clean up afterwards. A number of restaurants in the area offer specials for Easter so why not take the family and get out of the house for the day?
Easter is at the heart of Christianity. But it’s also a chance to celebrate rebirth, renewal and the return of warm weather (for those of us up north!). Why not make it something special in your household by starting up some new traditions of your own?
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