Friday, March 21, 2008

Extreme Easter Fun

Here are a few of the wacky things my family and I have done to celebrate Easter.

  1. Dyed eggs. Okay, that's a standard, but we get bored easily and start pulling out the crayons and mixing dyes together. We end up with something resembling the batiked sarongs found in little Hawaiian shops.
  2. Mouth painting. No, not painting ON your mouth, but painting WITH a paintbrush held in your mouth. We paint on bunnies and eggs cut from paper. You can string the eggs on a long length of yarn and make Easter garlands to decorate the house.
  3. Do the bunny hop. How many times can you hop around your yard? Who can hop for the longest time?
  4. Baked easter cupcakes. Make your favorite cupcakes and top with white frosting and shredded coconut dyed green with food coloring. Nestle a few jelly beans in the coconut "grass".
  5. Cut flowers out of tissue paper or coffee filters and paint with watercolors. These are pretty taped to windows.

Purim started last night, but we're skipping it this year. The Jewish and Catholic holidays line up in a weird way this year. Usually Passover happens during Holy Week (it "matches" well because Christ was celebrating Passover just before his death) and Purim is way before. If I were a better planner I might be able to do all. Or maybe not--the drinking and sweet cookies and costumes of Purim would contradict the solemn fasting of Good Friday.

The joys of being bi-religious...