How to Celebrate a Simple Easter-Honoring the Holiday for a Meaningful, Minimalist, and Stress-Free Gathering
Article and Photo's by Rain San Martin
Celebrate Easter Simply-Keep Only the Essential Rituals and Activities
Are you in a frenzy jumping from one activity to another on Easter? Many traditions may be wholesome and festive, yet too many activities can lead to burnout, cutting into vital reflection time. Do you spend a lot on Easter baskets only to have the majority of it's contents ending up in the landfill? Easter baskets need not be costly or wasteful to be loved by kids. Keep only the traditions that bring you joy and discontinue others.
Each family will have to decide how they should observe the Easter holiday. For Christians the decision to participate in Easter egg hunts, festive basket giving, or to take photo's with the Easter bunny is a personal one. Some families may wish to honor the day with Holy traditions only, by celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ at church service, partaking of an Easter feast, then viewing a Bible film such as King of Kings, which illustrates the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus. For others they may follow the more popular model of attending church, coming home for an Easter egg hunt, then having Easter dinner.
Jesus Gives the Sermon On the Mount
Keeping Easter Holy
In the midst of the celebration, we may notice an emphases on Easter goodies, chocolate bunnies, and fancy dresses. Though these traditions can make for a festive Holiday, it's important to take a step back to remember why we celebrate Easter, just as it's important to have a meaningful Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Resurrection Day Bible Verses for the True Meaning of Easter
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me." (NIV)
See more Easter Bible Verses here.
Unique and Practical Easter Basket Ideas
Clutter-Free and Frugal Easter Baskets
Pre-made Easter baskets may appear lavish and convenient, yet they are often filled with disposable items which will not be cherished, adding to clutter and being expensive at the same time. Buying only a few practical items which you place in a reusable basket, will give you the most bang for your buck and your children will be just as excited to receive them.
Do you buy a new Easter basket every year? What about Easter grass? Always think about your reasons for carrying out a certain tradition. Not only does buying a new basket, grass and stuffed animals each year create clutter and waste, it's not a savvy way to spend your money. A simple minimalist basket approach would be to include a chocolate bunny surrounded by plastic eggs filled with jelly beans and whoppers. Embellish with crafty items which are always in need such as crayons, markers, or sidewalk chalk. Be sure to give you and your spouse plenty of edible goodies as well to appreciate the day, ditto for Valentines Day, and Christmas stockings, you should have as much fun as the kids!
Simple Tips for Coloring Easter Eggs
Have an assortment of egg dyes found in an Easter egg coloring kit. Often kits contain elaborate stickers or paper enhancements which may continually fall off the egg, yet making a modest investment in a kit which contain dyes only, is the simplest and lest expensive solution. has great reviews and is a bargain. You can also make your dye's last longer if you select no more than 4 colors, then dye 3 eggs, one at a time in the solution, giving you a dozen eggs. The Ateco 1112 12-Color Food Coloring Kit
How to Get Vibrant Easter Egg Colors
There is one universal tip for brighter eggs, the secret...is vinegar. Usually 1 teaspoon-1 tablespoon of white vinegar to every 1 to 1/2 cups of water. The second secret is to allow time for the egg to soak: 5-10 minutes should do it. Be sure to place them back into the egg carton and place in the refrigerator immediately following to extend the freshness of the egg.
For extraordinarily bright eggs The Old Hen suggests using a ratio of 1 teaspoon of food coloring to 1 cup of boiling water, and 1 tablespoons of white vinegar. This method should result in vibrant eggs, however this will use up your food coloring quicker. The more economic solution is to settle for a more pastel color, using only a few drops of food coloring for each cup, along with the vinegar.
How to Dye Easter Eggs-Quick Steps
- Boil several cups of hot water
- Pour 3/4 cup into 4 coffee mugs, allow for enough liquid to completely submerge the egg
- Use one tablespoon of vinegar in each container
- Add 10-20 drops of food coloring in each mug
- Soak for 5-10 minutes each, then place in the refrigerator to dry
How to Use Hard Boiled Easter Eggs in Meals
After the Easter Egg Hunt, children may simply prefer to eat one of their discovered hard boiled egg with salt and pepper as a reward. The DVD classic, "The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town", with music by Burl Ives will get them excited about eating their Easter eggs, as the process is explained by a bunny rabbit. Don't forget to refrigerate your eggs soon after the egg hunt to preserve freshness.
An alternative to eating hard boiled eggs on their own is to serve them in a tasty recipe.
Here are a few quick ways to use your Easter eggs:
- Chunky Egg Salad served on a bed of lettuce, tomato's and crusty sourdough bread.
- Egg Salad Sandwich with lettuce on dark rye bread
- Deviled eggs
- Avocado Egg Salad served on a bagel with a slice of cheese
You could complete this meal with a side of sliced oranges.
Serve your traditional Easter meal for lunch soon after church service. Next, have the Easter Egg hunt while catching a few photos with your nicest camera as you'll want to seize the opportunity to capture the children looking their best, later serve a lunch style dinner using the Easter eggs in a recipe listed above.
Minimalist Easter Dinner
Naturally you shouldn't have the expectation that Easter Dinner should be as elaborate as Thanksgiving. Pick one veggie: Asparagus for example, which is usually on sale during the season. A starch such as mashed potatoes. A meat with herbs and a side of rolls with butter. Dessert is optional as bags of chocolate and other goodies may be circulating around the home.
Traditional Easter Dinner Ideas
One tip for a having a more relaxed Easter dinner is to invest in two slow cookers. One large 7 quart crock pot and one small 3 quart crock pot.
A traditional Easter dinner menu could be roasted lamb, scalloped potatoes, asparagus, rolls, and dessert. Roasted herb chicken could be served as a substitute for the highly expensive lamb.
Another simple menu plan would be glazed ham, green beans, mashed potatoes, salad, and dessert. As with Christmas, serving a meat, 1-2 veggies and 1-2 starches would fall within a traditional meal.
Though Asparagus is a popular Easter staple Rachael Ray Magazine gives a few other veggie side dish ideas including:
- Green Bean & Shallot Salad
- Sugar Snap Peas with Frizzled Mushrooms
- Gingered Carrot & Kale Ribbons
- Cauliflower with Spicy Carrot-Pineapple Sauce
- Grain or Potato starch side dishes
- Quinoa with Herbs and Mixed Olives
Enjoy Your Simple and Minimalist Easter
Avoid feeling obligated to keep up with the Joneses, find out those rituals and activities which bring you and your family the most joy and eliminate the rest.
© 2014 Rain San Martin