Easter this year seemed very laid back. John and I both wanted to go to Taos for Easter, but the kids protested! They wanted to spend Easter in town, with family, at their own church. We ultimately decided to stay home. We were all glad we did. Plus, even though it lightly snowed here, Taos was very cold and wet the three days we would have been there.
This year John and I felt strongly against egg hunts. Mostly because of all the candy, but also because we feel it has no place for the Lord’s day and takes away from the reason we are celebrating. Then again, I guess commercialized Christmas traditions could be argued as well (and definitely has been around here). However, the kids really wanted to participate since this has been all they have known. We ended up having an awesome glow in the dark hunt with friends, a simple hunt in the back yard, and a large hunt at the church. In the end, we had a great time watching the kids have fun. We didn’t feel that it took away from Easter at all.
Maddie does not like to have her picture taken. The photos of her below were part of our 2nd annual “pay Maddie $5 for a day of pictures.” Oh how she delivered!
We finished our day celebrating our Grammy’s birthday. We enjoyed visiting with our family, playing games and participating in an egg drop.
Our family doesn’t usually celebrate winter solstice due to the busyness of the season. This year we wanted to take part in our earth’s celebration. We researched and adapted a ritual of our own.
We started the night with a candlelit dinner. Each child took turns lighting their own candle to remind us to retain our light during the dark days of winter. Our peaceful moment was interrupted briefly with our kids struggling to light their candle. We took a five minute break, recollected ourselves and the rest of the evening was beautiful.
Each of us listed our intentions for the new year and wrote down some of the negative things that happened during the year. Then, we placed our paper into our fire pit and reflected in silence. This was a lovely celebration for us. It felt so good to have a night of pause before the rush of Christmas.
Let us all remember to keep our light shining bright even in the darkest of times.