With Easter coming up this Sunday, it is a perfect time to reflect on the decorations and unique traditions that make this Holiday special. Our all-time favorite family tradition is the highly anticipated Easter Egg Toss! You can’t buy fun like this! Oh, and the smiles you will see on everyone’s faces – priceless!
Although I go a little overboard decorating during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays, Easter is one holiday where I keep decorating to a minimum: a bouquet of tulips, a birds nest, and a few bunnies and I am good to go. Of course, one of the simple traditions we do on Easter is to hide the Easter basket for the kids to find. It is amazing that such an easy and simple tradition as that becomes so important to them each year even as young adults!
Who doesn’t love coloring Easter Eggs as a family? It doesn’t matter how old the children get, this is still a “must do” activity in our house. The reason for this excitement even at an older age? It’s what we do with the eggs on the Saturday before Easter, or on Easter itself. This is where the real fun begins. No, we don’t hide the eggs for the kids to find. We toss them!
I guarantee you are going to want to incorporate this little gem of a tradition into your holiday festivities. I am determined to keep this tradition alive, so there may come a day I may have to rope the neighbors into doing it. Hey, you’re never too old to act young!
Through the years photos of coloring Easter Eggs and more importantly “The Tossers and The Catchers” Ok, The Tosser and The Catcher is basically the same thing.
We began this tradition 16 years ago, so when my children were quite young. It is very simple and too much fun to even describe. Find a small hill, put the children at the top of it, and to complete the pair, an adult or older child at the bottom (a hill adds interest, but truthfully you can do it on flat ground as well). The child at the top rolls or tosses the egg to the person at the bottom (to roll or to toss depends on the age of the child). Do this until the egg falls apart! Then start again with the next egg. We usually let each child have 6-12 eggs. They love counting the rolls or tosses to see who can get the most tosses before the egg disintegrates. So there you have it – a cheap, delightful, and memorable tradition!
The end result of an Easter Egg Toss a few years ago. What did I tell you about the smiles you will see? Absolutely, unequivocally priceless!
Warning #1: Keep an eye on teenager boys as they may or may not want to sneakily substitute a raw egg for a boiled egg! Boys will be boys! Oh, but what happy memories!
Warning #2: There may be some tears shed, say if an egg is thrown too hard and as you catch it, it directly hits the end of your finger – ouch!
Warning #3: If you live in the Northwest don’t twist your ankle by falling into one of the plethora of gopher holes that are so prevalent!
Warning #4: A hint: toss and catch eggs underhand, and also be sure to remove all rings first to avoid premature breakage.
So if you have a basket of eggs and you don’t know what to do…. find a partner and a hill and have some fun :)
May each of you enjoy this Easter holiday, and might I add, May your eggs get tossed!