New Traditions

by Lisa Donovan

It is Easter Weekend - so much to do with the kids.. so little time.

We will, of course, do the wonderfully fun egg hunt and find some time to feast during this weekend.  What I am itching for is something that my family and I can call our own each Easter.  Something that my kids recognize as our family tradition.  I started to look toward my childhood in Germany for some inspiration.  For some reason I remember Easter and Christmas being utterly magical - lights and festivities everywhere.  Absolutely stunning.

Since I am not German, but have experienced it’s rich culture I figure it’s best to combine a sort of Spanish/Mexican (the richest part of my lineage) with my experiences in Europe.  Latinos (especially my mom’s family - where my mexican/spanish heritage comes from) are very family/community oriented.  Big feasts with close and extended family is part of every holiday and celebration.  Attention to detail and ritual are a large part of German Easter culture - maticulously painted, hollowed-out eggs hanging from trees, a formally set feast with one’s best china on display for the occasion, children dressed in their best suits and shoes.  Combining the two could make for a wonderfully warm and well thought out experience.

Of course, it might just turn out that we take advantage of the day off, throw on our coziest jeans and tennis shoes and make for a day at the park (our Easter chocolates packed with us, of course).

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This entry was posted on Friday, April 14th, 2006 at 9:44 am and is filed under Daily Living, Holidays. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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