Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ryder's First Easter

Ryder spent his first Easter at Nana and Grandpa's house, and he had a fantastic time.

Stewart and I are not religious, so we don't celebrate Easter in that sense, but we always enjoy any excuse to get together with family and participate in holiday traditions.

Dying Easter eggs is one of my favorites!
It was difficult to put together an Easter basket for Ryder, because he's not allowed to have candy or sweets yet, but I still think I did pretty well. I got him an adorable, super-soft Jellycat bunny (with "Ryder" stitched onto one ear), Jelly Belly scented bubbles, and colorful plastic Easter eggs filled with organic yogurt melts. 

He was super entertained by shaking the eggs, breaking them open, and eating the little treats.
Ryder always gets tons of attention at family gatherings, and Easter was no exception. Uncle AJ and Aunt Erin couldn't get enough cuddles, and I got to spend some time with my cousins Kate and Tara, which I always look forward to.

And of course my mom made an absolutely delicious meal, which I had no room for because I spent the morning eating Easter candy. I'll never learn...
We also introduced Ryder to bubbles for the first time, and let me tell you one thing for sure -- there is nothing cuter than a little kid giggling about bubbles!

I've been listening to the Stuff You Should Know podcast quite a bit these days, and on our way home on Easter Sunday I happened to listen to a super fascinating episode called "Thanks, Easter Bunny! Bock Bock!" that was all about Easter, from its humble beginnings as a pagan holiday to the multi-billion dollar industry it is today. They covered the Biblical and religious aspects along with the origins of some of Easter's greatest traditions.

It was incredibly fascinating!

Regardless of Easter's origins, I was happy to have a reason to get together with my family and introduce some new holiday traditions to our little boy.

And next year I'm sure Stewart will make sure he gets to sample all the delicious Easter candy.

What are your favorite Easter traditions?
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1 comment :

  1. A very adorable first Easter! He's so cute nibbling at the yogurt melts and plastic eggs. What a cute bunny! Nice touch with the green ribbon and embroidered name. He'll hopefully never lose it. When I was going to church regularly, we'd do that every Easter. No traditions have replaced that since we've stopped going. Every year I have intentions to dye eggs or hide eggs, and every year, nada. Oh well.


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