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Monday, 3 April 2017

6 questions your children may ask about UK Easter traditions

*This is a collaborative post

Easter is one of my favourite times of the year. The sun is starting to shine, the birds are tweeting, flowers are blooming and it's an excuse to eat chocolate. What's not to love! From a personal point of view, I just love taking part in the Easter traditions that I grew up with and passing these onto my children. I love the nostalgia of decorating hard boiled eggs and it really transports me back to my own childhood. Today I am sharing my 6 favourite UK Easter traditions and answers some of the questions you will no doubt get asked by your children over the next few weeks:

6 questions your children may ask about UK Easter traditions

Why do we eat hot cross buns at Easter? 


Hot cross buns mark the end of the lent and the cross symbolises the crucifixion of Jesus with the spices representing the spices that were used to embalm him at his burial. Who knew? These days there are so many different varieties available to try and we always eat hot cross buns on Easter Sunday. I highly recommend the chocolate orange flavoured buns from M&S - delicious!

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Spring Table Linen and Easter Bunny Tray available from a selection at TK Maxx


Why do we eat chocolate eggs at Easter? 


I had no idea why we indulged in chocolate eggs at Easter time until I read up about it. Apparently, the tradition started with eggs not being able to be eaten in church during Holy week (the week leading up to Easter). So eggs that were laid that week would be saved up and decorated before being given to children as a gift. Over the years, these eggs have evolved into chocolate eggs.

It's a little tradition in our house to create an egg hunt around our home and garden on Easter Sunday morning. The kids love it! This year, we are using a box of chocolate eggs and an egg hunting stickers from TK Maxx. These stickers were only £1.49. What a bargain!

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Chocolate Eggs and Egg Hunt Stickers | TK Maxx

Where can I take part in egg rolling this Easter? 


Egg rolling is a game traditionally played on Easter Sunday and involves rolling decorated, hard-boiled eggs down a hill. If you're looking for a local competition, check out Gibside who are holding daily egg rolling competitions from 12 noon between 14 - 17 April. See here for details.

Why do we eat fish & chips on Good Friday?


Traditionally, Christians abstain from eating meat on Good Friday in order to mark the bittersweet significance of Jesus' death and that's why fish is eaten on this day instead. Fish and chips on Good Friday is one of my favourite traditions. I recommend booking a table at your favourite fish and chip restaurant if you'd like to avoid the queues. We visited the Black Horse Beamish for fish and chips last year and would definitely recommend. There's a play park in their beer garden too.



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Where does the Easter Bunny originate? 


The Easter Bunny has roots in German folk law and dates back to 1682. The Easter Hare would judge children and evaluate whether children had been good or bad at the start of Easter. He would then deliver decorated eggs, candy and presents to the homes of children, much like Santa Claus.

These days, we think the Easter bunny is super cute and I find it hard to resist anything with the Easter Bunny's face on it at this time of year. My latest find is this adorable cup and saucer from TK Maxx, perfect for a cup of tea on Easter Sunday I think and I can't wait to pop this Easter bunny bunting up over Easter weekend. 

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Easter bunny tea cup and saucer | TK Maxx

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Easter Bunny Bunting | TK Maxx £2.99 and Chocolate Bunnies | Aldi 79p

How can I decorate an egg this Easter? 


First of all, check out these tips from Recipetips.com which detail exactly how to prepare an egg for decorating. If you are stuck for ideas, my friends are a creative bunch and I've put together a little egg inspiration from you. There's everything from Wrestlemania to a JLS concert, the Olympics and Finding Nemo.


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Thanks to Marie, Kelly, Karen and Emma for the inspiration. 

Let me know if you'll be joining in with any Easter traditions this year. 

This post is a collaboration with TK Maxx who have a lovely selection of Easter homeware, gifts and treats available to buy in store now. 

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3 comments

  1. Hey hey JLS made the cut haha. Good post Sam xxx

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  2. Thank you for mentioning the egg rolling at Gibside. Great post and the decorated eggs really made us giggle, some great inspiration there.

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  3. I love that cup and saucer from tkmaxx!
    Well, I've learnt a bit from your post this morning, my kids regurgitate some stuff they've been fed at school about Easter but basically the focus is on the chocolate!
    I tell them that you don't have to be Christian to be a nice person

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I always love reading your thoughts and comments - Sam x

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