Saturday, April 7, 2012

What's in the Easter basket? More than chocolate!

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Yesterday, while checking out the Recipe Buzz, Allrecipes' community chat room, I came across a post from community member, Arich01looking for creative ideas for her 6-year-old son's Easter basket. After reading some of the replies, I started to become suspicious that perhaps I was cheated out of a childhood filled with Easter presents?!

I thought chocolate, jelly beans, plastic eggs and perhaps a toothbrush were standard Easter basket fare. I was unaware that in other homes, children were receiving all manner of toys, DVDs, makeup, purses, gift cards, video games, clothes, shoes and more!

After a quick office survey to confirm what I was reading on the Buzz, I found that Easter is quite different for everyone. I am not the only one who received only candy and toothbrush, many others were in this boat, but I was surprised to hear some of the fun Easter traditions others shared. One of my coworkers has a family Easter egg hunt each year and the eggs are all filled with money; with one "golden egg" holding a crisp $100 bill! Another got a new spring tote each year as her basket and yet another always got slippers, socks and nail polish.
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It appears from the Buzz that flip-flops, beach towels and bubbles are also fairly common, and Arich01 seems to have settled on baseball cards for her Braves loving son. All of these things are great substitutes for a basket filled with candy, but if you are looking for something sweet and homemade, Jelly Bean Bark by Christina was recommended by AllieGeekPi and it looks delicious!

Mom, if you're reading this, I always did enjoy the simplicity of chocolate, jelly beans and a toothbrush growing up...but now that I'm older, I have a very special place in my heart (and closet) for shoes. Wink, wink.

What are some of your Easter or Passover traditions? And what was in your basket growing up?
I hope everyone enjoys the spring festivities tomorrow -
whatever your traditions may be! Or maybe it's a good
time to start some new ones!

- Stephanie