Easter is a mere 5 weeks away! Is it just me that keeps having to remind myself that it’s so close. It’s really early this year and all our holidays seem to be mashed up because of it.
Easter and Christmas are the only holidays I actually feel motivated to do anything crafty with the kids. I think this may be because, generally, craft involves mess and a fair bit of preparation. No flying by the seat of your pants on this ladies! Additionally, all 3 of my kids are at very different stages and have diverse interests around crafting (from drawing to modelling to just watching crafts on YouTube). Although creative myself, I’m a crap crafty mum, with little patience and tolerance for the extra mess.
Yet, the two holidays of Easter and Christmas give a bit of focus. I conquer my fears and impatience. I turn to crafts as a good way to talk, (while sitting still and fiddling with things in our hands,) about the meaning of these holidays too, how they are depicted and what we actually celebrate. Nothing like decoration Easter eggs and linking that back to Jesus’ torture and “rebirth”.
Last Easter we had great fun painting Easter eggs, sewing some cute felt chicks… and then I totally failed and forgot to take them with us on our epic Scottish roadtrip. We improvised in the motorhome.
This year, as we are experiencing winter the Swedish way- long, cold and dark- I’d like to bring a little bit of early spring into our home: my mum always has a branch or two of laburnum in a vase. My mother-in-law has a budding spirally hazelnut bunch that she hangs Easter decorations on. I’m feeling inspired to follow their examples and try decorating a pretty branch in the hope it will spring into life in time for Easter.
The other day, I needed to pick up a pair of tights for the evening party and I spotted the cutest little felt baskets for Easter egg collecting in Hema, the Dutch homewares store. I contemplated making them with the kids (for a split second) and then just bought them.
And then today, again at Hema, I found these adorable little decorations to hang on an Easter tree. (I restrained myself and only bought one set of the figures and one of the eggs.)
I’m taking my first inspiration for Easter from Hema this year and the rest from my growing Pinterest board.
Even if we totally fail with any crafts, a little box of decs and the budding bundle of branches should be enough…right? ?