Rather than talk about Easter as a whole, I'm going to focus on just one of Easter's traditions - coloring Easter eggs.
As a kid, I loved coloring eggs. Being the creative child I was, I enjoyed the process of dying the eggs in some crazy design far more than actually eating the eggs over the next several days. I hated the dye kits that came with stickers, because just coloring an egg and applying a sticker so didn't seem creative enough for me.
Which usually meant that by the time I was done, I could have passed for a life-size colored Easter egg myself. I still am not known for being overly neat in my creative pursuits. :) Which was fine as a child, because I didn't have to do the cleaning up. I just got to have fun.
Now, as a parent -- I LOVE the sticker kits, because my kids simply don't make as much of a mess with them. Up until this year, my younger set was fine with the stickers. They didn't seem to have that messy, creative gene that I have. This year, though, everything has changed. Maybe it's their age (almost 7), but suddenly, messy artwork is their middle name.
At the store the other day, when I tried (fruitlessly) to talk them into buying several sticker pack dye kits, their responses were a uniform "NO!" So it seems this year, I'll be reliving my childhood--only, I'll be in charge of the cleanup.
I think it will be fun, though. I love seeing the creative side of my boys emerge, and if that means a little extra work at the end of a coloring session, then so be it.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend!