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Four Alternatives to Easter Eggs

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April 6, 2015 / English / By
Nicola

'Cadbury Easter Egg' by Sean MacEntee via Flickr

 

These days supermarkets and the media seem to be bombarding us with pressure to buy truckloads of chocolate and eggs to fill our appetites with each Easter. However, you don’t have to be religious to know that the real reason behind Easter originates from the Christian faith, not a desire for gluttony and sweet treats.

 

With this in mind, what other options are there? If you don’t want to fork out money on over-priced chocolate eggs that seem to be sold solely to take more of your hard-earned cash while advertising to your little ones, then don’t worry! There are loads of other options out there.

 

I’ve picked out four fabulous ideas to set your Easter weekend off in style – without a chocolate egg in sight. The best part is that with these ideas, you’ll be saying no to consumerism by putting a lot more thought and personal effort in. This is much more in line with the Christian idea behind Easter, so ditch the Easter eggs and choose one of these options instead!

 

4. Flowers

 

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Often, Easter falls around the beginning of Spring, which means that gardens and flowerbeds will be filled with all sorts of beautiful, brightly coloured flowers. Giving a gift of a cheerful bunch of daffodils can brighten up someone’s mood as well as their home. Alternatively, planting some seeds can be a great Easter weekend activity for kids, and in time it’ll be great for them to see the results of their handiwork!

 

3. Hen’s eggs

 

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Just because you’re avoiding chocolate Easter eggs doesn’t mean you have to avoid eggs altogether! Hen’s eggs are very versatile, so crack some open on Easter morning to create a special eggy Easter breakfast. Whether you opt for poached, fried, scrambled or boiled eggs (which can be fun to decorate), there are loads of fun way to incorporate eggs into your Easter weekend. You could even be slightly more adventurous by forming simple little cups from bacon, perfect for holding baked eggs!

 

2. Easter baking

 

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If you want to give commercial Easter eggs a miss but you’re not keen on skipping out chocolate entirely, then get busy in the kitchen and bake up some chocolately Easter treats. An obvious choice would be to go for something Easter-related, like an Easter cake, bunny-themed cupcakes, or even some homemade hot cross buns! However, you don’t have to make your baked treats inspired by the traditional aspects of Easter. Brownies, doughnuts and rice krispie cakes all make brilliant Easter treats that the kids can get involved in; they make great gifts, or they can just be enjoyed at home!

 

1. Inedible eggs

 

'Painted eggs' by Kim Love via Flickr

 

 

One of the most original, creative and fun ways to celebrate Easter without a chocolate egg in sight is to forego the involvement of food altogether, instead opting for inedible eggs. Whether they’re made from cardboard, paper maché or even ceramic, eggs don’t always have to be made for eating. Gather your family round the table and decorate your eggs by painting, sticking, drawing, and whatever else you can think of!

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