Easter just isn’t the same without an Easter Egg Hunt!
The Easter Bunny is the most popular legendary anthropomorphic Easter gift-giving character and leads the Easter Egg Hunt. This ‘rabbit-spirit’ hides eggs and other goodies in random places around homes and gardens for children to discover. The Easter Bunny also visits neighborhoods and groups that sponsor and organize Easter egg hunts. The lucky kids that find the most eggs will win prizes. With all this activity, we can expect to see this week’s shopping list include jelly beans, candy eggs, chocolate bunnies, egg-coloring kits and other treats to fill Easter Egg baskets…….
In most of Canada the Easter long weekend begins with a statutory holiday – Good Friday – and will end following the family feast. In the province of Quebec, either Good Friday or Easter Monday are designated as the province’s statutory holidays. Individual employers are given the option to choose either Good Friday or Easter Monday as the official day off. Lucky Quebecers – many companies honor both days and it is an extra-long weekend!
What Else Makes Easter Fun?
One of the most common traditions enjoyed by families is the decorating of Easter eggs. Here are some simple Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Easter eggs decorating ideas.
2. Sharpie Easter eggs: One of the easiest ways of decorating Easter eggs is using the sharpie marker to color or write messages.
3. Colored Tape Easter eggs: All you need are eggs and some colored, metallic, patterned or fancy tapes cut into different styles, patterns and shapes.
4. Tattooed Easter eggs: You need some adhesive, hard-boiled eggs and tattoo – either temporary tattoos or print some free images from the Internet.
5. Shimmery Easter eggs: All you need is colorful glitter dust, craft glue, paint brush and eggs. Brush the glue on the egg and roll in glitter.
6. Painted Easter eggs: Look for some easy patterns and designs and paint Easter eggs with acrylic paint
Many businesses now recognize Easter as a commercially important holiday with the sale of tons of chocolate, baked goods and feasts for the foodies! Even clothing retailers get into the act with new spring outfits being a popular purchase. It is said that “an Easter bonnet can tame even the wildest hare”. It is anticipated that each adult will spend in excess of $130 this Easter. Food and candy purchases will be leading the way. Note: Family get-togethers are now the third most attended family meal nationwide.
More activities in warmer regions are petting zoos – a big hit with kids. They will get the chance to pet and feed bunnies, chicks and other animals. In Vancouver, the Stanley Park Miniature Easter Train arrived early this year – starting on Spring Break. The train runs rain or shine, and is fully covered should spring showers be on the forecast.
Easter Bunny wisdom says that you better don’t put all of your eggs in one basket so Vancouver families have several Easter Egg Hunt options on the weekend. There are the inexpensive Easter Eggstravaganzas at various Vancouver community centres, Easter egg hunts at VanDusen Botanical Garden in the Elizabethan hedge maze and Stanley Park features an Easter Bunny to lead the thrill of the hunt.
The Golden Rules of Eating Chocolate Easter Eggs
- If you get melted chocolate all over your hands, you’re eating it too slowly.
- Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.
- Diet tip: Eat an Easter egg before each meal.
It’ll take the edge off your appetite, and that way you’ll eat less.
- If you can’t eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer.
- If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge. Calories are afraid of heights, and they will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves.
This holiday weekend remember happy thoughts multiply as quickly as rabbits.
Good Idea: Finding Easter eggs on Easter Sunday.
Bad Idea: Finding Easter eggs at Thanksgiving.