We are officially on Easter break. Over the next five days we'll be engaging in our Easter traditions and rituals. We'll be watching the same Jesus of Nazareth TV series that I watched during Holy Week as a girl. We'll be coloring and decorating our hens' brown eggs with Paas egg dye and vinegar, just as I did when I was young. We'll be bringing in bouquets of daffodils from our yard, and we'll be ironing our semi-formal spring clothing for Church on Sunday. We'll be whipping up deviled eggs and grating carrots for homemade carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. The empty Easter baskets will be brought down from the attic and placed on the kitchen table Saturday night. And they'll be full of spring gifts and candy when the children awake on Easter morning. We'll get together with extended family, and we'll eat ham, roasted carrots and green beans, and rice pilaf for an early Easter dinner. Finally, there will be the annual egg hunt in our yard with stuffed plastic eggs color coded for each child so that everyone gets the same number and everything is fair. We might even squeeze in a game of tennis and a hike up the mountain before our usual routines begin again next week.
Most of all, we'll be celebrating our faith during this most sacred holiday, and we'll be grateful for warm spring weather since there have been some Easters we've had to wear our snow boots and winter coats to Church. I'll be back on Blogger next week, but until then, I'm wishing you all days filled with sunshine, blooming bulbs and dogwood trees, and spring celebrations with friends and family.