6 Easy Ways to Make Easter Eggs

For Christians, Easter is all about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. Nonetheless, like many religious holidays, the celebration  has pagan elements in it, a result of cross-cultural influences.

With Easter coinciding with the beginning of spring in many countries, the Resurrection matched the concept of rebirth that ancient cultures associated with the time of the year. Easter eggs were a result of the fusion of traditions.

Traditionally, eggs were a symbol of fertility and rebirth. The early Christians adopted this element to signify something related to the Resurrection. Some liken the cracking of the egg open to the empty tomb of Jesus. Others see the egg as a symbol of resurrection, of life springing from something dormant.

Easter definitely has a tremendous message, and it’s important to prioritize that, but it’s understandable that we also can’t help but be excited over the frivolous side of the holiday. In my case, I always look forward to Easter egg decorating and hunting.

Decorating Easter eggs has been a tradition in my family, and through the years, we’ve tried several different ways to do it. Here are some of the methods I’ve found to be fun and easy to do with kids. Note: Be sure to use hard boiled eggs.

1. Markers – You don’t need to be a gifted artist to make an egg pretty with flowers, hearts, stars, or even polka dots. I like doing a mosaic pattern, though, and coming up with a design that alludes to the true essence of Easter.

2. White crayon and dye – This is an old trick. First, you draw something with a white crayon (I’m going with swirls) and then dip the egg in food color.

3. Water color – Again, it doesn’t take much artsy chops to paint an egg. Even random splotches would do, but I thought I’d work toward an ombre look this time.

4. Rubber stamp – You can stamp a variety of designs on an egg, but because I have an alphabet set, I decided to stamp my youngest child’s name on this one. I also rolled the egg on the ink pad beforehand. That ink has a shimmer that doesn’t show in the photo.

5. Stickers – I wanted to do a glittery polka dot design, but I didn’t want to use glue and glitter (or glitter glue), so I used a single hole puncher to cut out dots from the border of a sparkly sticker pad. I also used washi tape to hide the crack on this egg.

6. Dye over sticker – It’s like the opposite of stenciling. For this one, I made a cross using Scotch tape and then dipped the egg in dye.

Do you still decorate Easter eggs or do you just use those plastic eggs? What’s your favorite method of making Easter eggs? Please share in the comments.

Avoiding Travel-cum-Penance

kiddies in the poolHappy Easter! We’ve just come from our annual church outing, which usually involves swimming to accommodate the water baptism of new (and not-so-new) members. The church rented a private resort in nearby Antipolo, which, I admit, was a relief compared to the original plan of a week-long church camp in Baguio (about 6 to 7 hours away). It was nice to have the place to ourselves. The super light traffic and short travel time were definite advantages as well.

Back in the day, our Holy Week activities were not so simple. A family camp in Baguio was a frequent choice, and it was always an experience that was, for the most part, a blessing, but was, fittingly, rather a demonstration of penance as well. The travel is enough to have you frothing at the mouth with Tarlac boringly stretching forever and Pangasinan roads frustratingly congested… And then we always scheduled a city tour on Good Friday, the last day before we headed back to the Manila. This would have been strategic, except that a million other tourists usually had the same idea.

If it were up to me, I’d really avoid travel during Holy Week. In this day and age of easy Internet and cable TV access, I wouldn’t mind holing up at home while the rest of the world frantically contend with each other in Easter break holidaymaking (which is quite the contact sport, for all intents and purposes). The Holy Week of yore with the punishing heat punctuated by the eerie wailing of neighbors doing the Pasión and a Charlton Heston extravaganza being the sole source of entertainment (and this would have been from Monday to Wednesday as Thursday through Saturday would have been completely dead) is no more.

Consistent with my contrary self, I prefer to travel when it’s unpopular to do so. As homeschoolers, we find it easy to go for a vacation during off- and shoulder seasons, which are definitely cheaper times to travel. We’ve also been able to get weekday rates (sometimes almost half of what the weekend and holiday rates are) since we don’t need to wait until the weekend to travel. We are able to avoid the throngs of people and appreciate the vacation more. Then again, I’m an introvert, so perhaps my perceived benefit is not quite the perk I make it out to be for other people.

Incidentally, we’re not making any elaborate travel plans this year as we have our sights on a more salutary use of our funds. Travel, however, we shall still do as that’s a huge element in the lifestyle we’ve chosen for our family. But perhaps not at such great distances. Thankfully, there’s still much to explore in the vicinity of the Metro.

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