For the first time ever, my family did not have an Easter dinner.
In fact, with one sister and her husband going to his parents house, my parents being sick as dogs this past week and my brother in Toronto, the only member of my family who actively pursued our family traditions (mass amounts of chocolate followed by mass amounts of dinner) was my other sister. She had Easter baskets and an Easter dinner for her whole household (including her dog).
I can only barely remember the Easters of my childhood – mostly fuelled with so much sugar my brain couldn’t possibly hold on to the specifics of the holiday itself – but it was definitely a time when we got together as a family and had a nice meal together. What happened? I guess the simple truth is, we’ve gotten older. We still hold to some of those big traditions of my childhood – not one of us has ever missed being with the family at Christmas – but a lot of those traditions are changing. Long gone are the days when my parents got me a rose on Valentine’s day or we put up fake spider’s webs for Hallowe’en. Easter dinner seems to be the latest in a long line of tradition casualties. But maybe they’re not gone, just different. Santa now comes to visit my niece and the Easter bunny is bringing chocolate eggs and jellybeans to her, not me. So even though things are different for me, in a lot of ways they are the same. Now there’s a chance for the next generation of kids to lose themselves in the sugar and for my siblings and I to help make those years as magical and fun as possible. It’s time for some new traditions to take hold.
What are some of the traditions you hold dearest? What will you pass on to your children? Are there any traditions – like my family and Christmas – that show no signs of stopping no matter how many years pass or how many obstacles are in the way? Feel free to post in the comments!