Ever since we began observing the liturgical year, we do it up big for Easter. After the 40 days of Lent, it’s time for the biggest party of the year in celebration of the Resurrection! We try to find ways to help our kids understand the Christian Year and having simple meals during Lent and then really celebrating with food and gifts for Easter helps them learn to participate in those seasons.
I thought it would be fun to share how we fill our kids’ Easter baskets and offer some simple ideas for fun fillers that are outside the box of typical sugary treats. So here we go!
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These are just too adorable and as soon as I saw them at Toadily Handmade, I had to have them! Each of our kiddos will have two candles in his/her Easter basket. Before I could put them away until Easter, the kids went wild over them and the two oldest picked out what colors they want (the baby will get the leftovers, but she won’t mind this year). After the kids find them in their baskets, I’ll put them up on our dining room table as our Eastertide centerpiece to enjoy at mealtimes. (I’ve mentioned before how much I love beeswax candles, it’s a bit of an obsession. You can see the beautiful candle from Toadily Handmade that is part of our Lenten centerpiece in this post. And I always order their Advent candle making kit.) To win your own set of 100% Beeswax Easter Egg Votives from Toadily Handmade Beeswax Candles see entry guidelines at the bottom of this post!
(Little Lucy jammin’ on some Easter morning chocolate.)
Fair Trade Sweet Treats:
If there is a day to enjoy a sweet treat, it’s Easter Sunday! After weeks of simple lenten meals, we want to feast and celebrate! But we try to fill our baskets with fun gifts and treats that are free of food dyes and are fair trade. You can read all about the moral problems with many of the brands that produce chocolate and easy ways to find ethically-sourced chocolate candy in this great post at The Art of Simple. Usually we buy some small chocolate bunnies from a local chocolatier and I make some sweet goodies (last year it was coconut macaroons for my gluten-allergic kids). The truth is, fair trade chocolate is more expensive, so our chocolate bunnies are tiny, but the kids haven’t complained yet! We also stuff the baskets with Fruit Leather which the kids love and it’s just dried fruit, so I can’t feel too bad about that.
(Last year’s baskets)
We buy picture books and board books for the baskets that the kids can enjoy all year long. This year, our five-year-old son is getting The Story of St. Patrick, our two-year-old daughter is getting Lucia, Saint of Light (her name is Lucy), and the baby is getting a Daily Prayers board book from my favorite series of Catholic board books (St. Joseph’s Board Books).
They will also each be getting a fun toy or activity: a Solar Print Kit for my outdoorsy boy, a St. Therese Paper Doll book for little Lucy who always wants to add “my fwend Saint Tuhwes de Widdle Fwower” to our nightly litany of the saints, and a Shining Light doll of Our Lady of Guadalupe for Baby Gwen Stellamaris (her middle name means Star of the Sea and I loved this little doll’s starry mantle).
In the past we’ve bought sunglasses for our son and hair bows or shoes for the girls. For hair accessories, I love Lilla Rose hair jewelry (because it’s so sturdy) for little gals. I really like this pretty cross flexi-clip.
(I won’t lie about being really excited that Baby Gwen will be big enough to wear this little hand-me-down Easter romper this year! I can’t believe how little Lucy looks in this picture!)
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