We don’t do Easter Baskets.
I know that some people may be bothered by that, but guess who isn’t: Our children.
So, if you are reading this as a young parent and you don’t have massive gift-giving traditions in place, take some advice: don’t start them.
The easiest thing as a new parent is to start out gifting simply.
Of course, we want to lavish our children in gifts, it’s fun for us! But as the years go by and more and more clutter builds up in the children’s room and overflows through the rest of the house, it gets overwhelming. So if you are at the beginning and have the opportunity to set the tone for the rest of the gift-giving days of childhood: keep it simple.
Now, if your children are older and accustomed to getting large Easter Baskets of goodies, there is still hope! Start off with talking to your kids about your thoughts and what they can expect.
Experience gifts are the most clutter-free gifts that you can give.
- Give tickets for a concert, sports events or a special movie they’ve been wanting to see. Go together. Spending time with your children is the best present you can give.
What our clutter-free Easter looks like:
For our family, we have Easter traditions that don’t involve gifts. The older kids have never complained, the younger ones don’t know any different. To them, Easter is very exciting!
In the morning we attend church, read over the resurrection story from the Bible with the kids and talk about how amazing it is that God would prove His love to us and how we can trust Him in such a way.
In the afternoon, Grandparents join us for a meal, where we crack red eggs together (this is seriously their favorite tradition of all the holidays), we always eat Greek Easter Bread, and yes, they do get chocolate from grandma. Then Dad and the older kids hide eggs. We pack the eggs with coins rather than candy and once all the eggs are found, the kids sit and count the money before putting it into their piggy banks.
One year I split up a Lego set and put it in eggs, which worked great, except for the lego pieces I found the following year when I pulled out our plastic eggs again (we reuse the eggs every year).
It’s really quite a simple holiday for us and we all enjoy it.
How do you maintain a clutter-free Easter holiday?
Let me know in the comments!
Still want to do Easter Baskets, but avoid toys and candy? Here are some ideas for you: