Easter Sunday was very “just okay” for me yesterday. I mean, it was nice and all. But I just came away from it feeling pretty “meh” about it all. Maybe I was just in a bit of a down mood, I don’t know.
For context, Easter is my least favorite holiday. (Besides the religious aspect, which I greatly appreciate and enjoy.) But in terms of “all the rest” (the bunny, the eggs, the candy, the baskets, the meal, etc.), I just don’t really get into it.
Which is odd, because I’m usually pretty into holidays. (Kind of. I am coming to realize and accept more that I REALLY, really enjoy fall/ Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, but that’s about it. Post-Christmas holidays (so, I’m talking Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter, for me/ my family’s culture) just don’t do much for me.)
I find them….mildly entertaining and nice enough, but mostly just things that: a) create work for me in some capacity but b) don’t really bring me oodles of joy, either.
I went over my dis-like of Easter in detail in this post, which was written in my very first month of blogging! So that’s kind of fun to look back on. Haha. 🙂
Long story short:
- I think Easter became “tainted” for me after I had to work on Easter Sunday for a zillion years in a row. (Easter isn’t a hospital holiday, and it fell on my every other weekend rotation on every year for over 5 years when the kids were little. More on this my other post. But basically, I missed Easter for years and therefore we never really established super firm family traditions on this one.)
- We don’t have the custom of gathering with extended family on Easter, for various reasons.
- Buying all the “Easter stuff” requires a bunch of errands. And I don’t like errands. (Grocery store, buying candy/ stuff for baskets, etc.)
- Spring weather is sucky in Wisconsin. It never “feels” like Easter. It was like, 38 degrees yesterday. Just doesn’t get me in the mood to put on a spring dress or go hide eggs around my yard or anything of the sort. I wanted to lay in front of the fireplace.
These last few years, I’ve felt a bit torn as to how to handle Easter. Part of me wants to basically just skip over it, or do something totally random, like just go out to a movie. But I can’t quite bring myself to ever really do this. Part of me feels like that’s “wrong”. (My Facebook feed is full of people celebrating Easter all out, in the traditional ways, so aren’t we supposed to, too?)
So, we kind of “go through the motions”, which isn’t really fair/ probably overly negative sounding, but it’s also kind of the truth.
I mean, we had a nice day. But I just didn’t feel that excited over it. I am not sure the outcome = the effort that went into making the day happen.
Ivan could definitely live without any of it (didn’t grow up doing a single one of these traditions in Mexico…). He basically cares zero about it. (This might also be a factor that spills over onto me. He’s willing/ goes along with it for my sake, but his natural “Easter enthusiasm” is pretty low or nonexistent.)
The boys liked the Easter baskets, of course, and I guess they like dying the eggs (though I think if we didn’t do this anymore, they wouldn’t complain, either). No one seemed to care much if we actually ate a “fancy” meal at the table. Which kind of sucks when you were the one making said meal. And none of us really love ham. HA.
Anyway, here’s how it looks in photos… (*Without the narrative above, I’m sure it seems like EASTER WAS GREAT from these pics! And it was nice. But between us, it was just okay. 😉 )
Easter Sunday Recap:
*Breakfast of cinnamon rolls. Not shown, OJ and fresh fruit. These flowers might be my favorite part of the day. I bought them for myself and love them. 🙂
*Easter basket hunt. Mostly just candy, but they each got one “gift” (Ethan a little gym bag, Asher a water bottle).
*Obligatory pic with the Easter bunny 😉
*Church (not pictured.) This was very nice, and the church looked very pretty.
*Easter lunch/dinner. Ham, green beans w/ almonds, cheesy scalloped potatoes and french bread. I also made Angel Food cake which I forgot to take a picture of.
*The boys were playing outside while I finished up cooking. When they came in, they were out of their “church clothes” and all sweaty looking. Asher was refusing to put his nice clothes back on because he was hot. Eye roll. I didn’t feel like arguing it, so, whatever. Ethan put his collared shirt on over his t-shirt, with his athletic shorts on the bottom. Double eye roll.
Not exactly a Martha Stewart Easter picture, but at least I am wearing a dress.
*After clean up, finally dyed Easter eggs:
I do always enjoy laying them in this little egg display thingy. They look pretty.
The boys played outside again (some kickball concoction in the cul-de-sac with only 2 people?) and Ivan and I started binge watching Ted Lasso. Which I have to say, is TOTALLY living up to the hype for me! LOVE IT so far.
We were going to do something with the boys (aka “family time”)- like watch a movie, play a board game, etc.- but I honestly really just wanted to lay there and keep watching Ted Lasso. hahahaha. The boys came in and ended up downstairs on the Xbox (virtually) with friends (which did ease my guilt, because I knew at least 2 other friends were also playing video games on Easter Sunday night). At one point we did yell down and ask if they wanted to do something with us, to which they replied, “ummm…whatever…we’re fine down here!” We took that as permission to hit “next episode”. 😆
(Still feeling kinda guilty though that we should have done something with them, being a holiday and all….I need to let this go.)
Hope you had an “at least equally okay” or even better Easter!! 🙂
I am grateful for those flowers in my kitchen.