We are halfway through Lent! (at least for the Orthodox; I think the Catholics are further than half!) This is the part where it starts to feel real that Easter is coming! (the same hope I feel about spring!) And so, I thought I’d share the treats we’re tucking into daughter’s Easter basket this year.
Easter baskets aren’t really a tradition in Orthodoxy (well, actually, they are. but those ones are stuffed full of meat and cheese for opening at two in morning on Pascha!). Children’s Easter baskets are a different matter, but we love to embrace varied holiday traditions. So, an Easter basket it is!
This year I inadvertently started with a rainbow theme and once I’d begun I couldn’t stop! I really love themes. Also, daughter has recently discovered the story of Noah and the ark, and is totally digging rainbows.
A rainbow silk to line the basket (and for hours of play).
A rainbow-colored book to inspire creativity.
A rainbow musical toy (her favorite from music class).
A box of rainbow-colored crayons (for creating).
And for the more spiritual side of things we’re including a book about the Divine Liturgy and a small icon of the Resurrection. (working on a complete mini collection of the great feasts of the Church, and of course the Greatest Feast of all!)
We haven’t quite figured out how to present the basket yet and I’d love some ideas? Do you hide Easter baskets for your kids? Give clues? Attach it to a string? Or do you just give it to them?