Our Easter Tree Tradition

We started having an Easter tree last year.I wish I could say it is for Emma’s sake only but it would be a lie. I love putting it up and decorating it, so it is for my sake as well as hers :-).

I love Christmas trees and since last year at Easter we had such a cold spell, with snow and stormy weather, it seemed appropriate to have an Easter tree too. Which proved a bit confusing up to a point but hey, that’s another story…

Last year Alex found a tree branch which had been cut off and we decorated that as our Easter tree. This year we decided to upcycle our optic fiber Christmas tree and use it instead of a real branch. Works a wonder and on dark evenings we have the option to light it up, a bit weird but looks lovely when sitting with a cup of tea in the living room.

My decorations have been exclusively bought from bargain shops, as you can see in the picture, at around £1.00 per pack.

We have plastic toy Easter eggs, which Emma has decorated with stickers and we have filled with tiny Easter eggs that are to be munched from now until Easter.

Emma has enjoyed painting and decorating ceramic bunnies and eggs , as you can see in the box in the center. We have also made Easter cards which she has generously given to friends in playgroup.

019From last year, I have kept and re-used some very pretty and sparkly foam and glitter eggs and bird nests.They were again around £1 per set of six but look so cute in the tree! The wee chicks can be found everywhere this year, I even saw them in Tesco’s yesterday and they are very good value, around 16 for £1!!

004Of course, Emma’s favourite item is the Easter basket, where I decided to put a few treats for her to enjoy. She has had so far Easter bunnies from Milka, they are £0.67 for 3 in Home Bargains and so pretty looking under the tree!

Since we have a fireplace this year I decided to buy a bunting to decorate it. It was so easy to put together and I love the look of our living room with it now!

002 (2)All in all, I find doing anything that gives me a bit of time with Emma fun and we are both very pleased with the end result!

022Do you have any Easter traditions in your family? Please do share your ideas with me, I am always interested to hear about what other people do at Easter, besides eating chocolate eggs :-).

Easter pics-past and present

I am reminiscing today through pictures about what Easter looked like before we had a child  and how it is these days for our wee family. Enjoy these memories with me!

Easter Monday, 2008. Short stay in Dublin before we headed for Greece to celebrate it with hubby's family.

Easter 2008- day trip in the mountains with two of hubby's brothers.

Easter 2009- I must have been three months pregnant. I was looking forward to her arrival!

Easter 2010- baby at four months, having a go at an Easter egg! A preview of the days to come, little did I know!

Easter shots, April 2011- matching hairbands and happy girls!

Nom, nom, Easter 2011- that Easter bunny was tasty!

Easter eggs, 2011- I had help with those from teenagers in church.

Easter 2012

Oh, I almost forgot! This Easter I discovered a Romanian grocer's here in Northern Ireland and bought all these goodies to remind me of home! My daughter and my hubby were even more eager than I and we finished a big, massive Cozonac(Romanian cake) in 10 minutes!

God of everything!

I have honoured my Romanian inheritance in my last post.
This post honours our time in Northern Ireland and its great singers. Ryan Griffith used to sing in my old church and his songs bring me closer to God every time I hear them.
So now take a moment and say thank you to Jesus for what he did on the cross and be reminded of all Jesus is: “amazing, glorious, God of everything; far beyond all understanding,measureless…”

Have a blessed Easter and remember it’s not all about chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies :-).

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