My Children Infuse New Life Into Easter

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Once children burst into my life and I saw events through their eyes, every celebration was infused with excitment and fun. Our family traditions evolved gradually, combining recreated activities from my own childhood and new ones discovered with my kids.

For me, as a child, Easter meant  colouring eggs. If I had never started a family, I never would have started dying eggs again, which would have been a shame. Since I was constantly running around cleaning, putting loads of laundry in and cooking, especially when all the kids were small, I usually monitored them during craft time as I bustled around the kitchen. ac&nbsp During festive occasions, though, I didn't just set up an activity, I actually sat down and enjoyed the craft with; my family. At first we just used the store bought kits to dye our Easter eggs. Slowly, as the kids grew older we experimented with crayon designs, stickers and fancier dying techniques.

One Easter, one of our children learned the art of creating Ukrainian Easter eggs and begged to teach the rest of us. Michael bought the supplies, set the kids up and played Handle's Messiah in the background as we all sat around the table. The music swirled around us and childern from three to fourteen were silent, completely absorbed in their craft. I now realize how special that moment was.

Every year since, all my kids sit around the kitchen table, dying eggs for hours.  Even though I am still running around cleaning, putting in loads of laundry,cooking, tripping over the dog and helping kids, there still is a special Easter atmosphere that fills the house.

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