We love our spring celebration. In the past couple of years we've dramatically simplified our traditions (and the amount of both sweets and stuff that come into our world), and it has created a more magical meaningful day for us all.
In our family, Easter is a seasonal (rather than religious) celebration. That being said, it is still rich with meaning and magic. We do visioning for the future and create a new beginning for the next seasonal chapter in our lives. And there is so much magic to be had by all.
There are a few elements we are sure to include each year. The weekend begins with an epic spring cleaning. The kids get involved too, Sage chooses whole rooms to be responsible for and Lupine is a helper in several rooms. We clean from morning until mid-day, then cut the kids loose to play a bit before lunch time. Pete and I keep going right through until dinner. While I am a bit of a clutter bug, this is one of the most symbolic and healing traditions. A clean slate. A fresh start. A new beginning.
Then on Sunday, the Spring Bunny/Easter Bunny hides eggs in our yard. Every year the kids reported that this was the best part of the day. We laugh until our sides ache at the silly antics the kids enjoy and the ridiculous places that bunny hides eggs. (In the compost? Really!?) Such an adventure!
And then there is the Wish Bunny. The Wish Bunny is drawn from the Pagan tradition of not only receiving during your Ostara celebration, but of giving as well. Someone needle felted the bunny shown at the top of the post (perhaps late, late and night the night before Easter last year. Ahem.) to replace the five-year old foil-wrapped chocolate bunny we had been using for ages. The Wish Bunny hides away in the yard as well, and when she is found, the child who finds her calls the others to gather around. The wish bunny brings a few special treats (cookies, chocolates, crystals) and each child chooses if they want to give a gift to the bunny, whisper a wish in her ear, and take one of her gifts. I love the wish bunny so much.
And then there are the baskets.
Our baskets have become simplified down to just a few handmade treasures and a small stash of treats. This year the children found an amethyst crystal tucked into a felt bunny pouche (a simplified, last-minute craft inspired by these), wool bunnies in mint tin beds (made from old wool sweaters and inspired by -among others- these, these, these, and these), lupine and sage seeds (how could anyone resist?), and beeswax egg candles. There were a few food-coloring free jelly beans and a small handful of carob covered almonds and some tamari nuts. That was it.
And they were thrilled.
We spent the rest of the day canoeing on a nearby lake in the wind and the sunshine and enjoyed an Easter egg salad picnic in the boat. Such a perfect spring day.
So here's to homegrown magic, to celebrations, and to the warm spring sunshine on our faces. Hope your day was brimming with magic too!