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We love Easter.

I think the boys actually love it more than Christmas. Santa doesn’t usually hide toys, you know.

Easter 2011

Here in Arizona, we can’t “do” Easter like those of you in other areas of the country (and world!). We have a few traditions of our own because of where we live.

1. By Easter, spring has sprung in the desert. Our baskets are filled with a little bit of candy, a lot of outside toys, and absolutely none of those little sponges that look like capsules.

2. We hide camouflage colored plastic eggs because of all of the grass, rocks, dirt, and concrete in our backyard (which is very common in Arizona – we’re not crazy). Hiding real eggs isn’t a good idea, as they get lost. And warm. And smelly.

3. Here in Arizona, we search for hidden eggs both inside and outside, but there’s one important rule. No chocolate in the outside eggs! Melted chocolate syrup isn’t nearly as fun to eat as chocolate is.

4. Easter ham? How about a barbecue? We only heat up the house for Christmas and maybe Thanksgiving. By April, it’s all about the grill.

5. The tradition that has nothing to do with the desert? Eating candy before breakfast. It happens every year, and usually involves a chocolate bunny or two.

Easter 2011

Need some more fun desert facts? There are a ton of things I never knew about the desert until living here.

We’ll take the warm desert over a snowy Easter any day! We’re kind of used to it now :)

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  1. Trevor Spedding says:

    Easter is great. The only tradition I have though is to eat as many Easter eggs as possible !.

  2. My family follows nature based holidays like the equinoxes and solstices so I may just be out of the loop but I didn’t think Easter came yet? I thought it was always the first Sunday after the first full moon after the first day of spring. Do you just set a specific yearly date for your Easter celebrations or was this year an early Easter?

    Ahh well anyway great to see you guys having a fun time!

  3. Sharon {Grumpy, Sleepy, and Bashful} says:

    I love it! It is cold-ish here until mid-June, so we don’t have to worry about melted chocolate. We haven’t hidden eggs inside yet, always outside (and it’s usually freezing, so… duh!)

    By the way, your boys are so darn cute!!

  4. Christina says:

    Yep yep I’m nodding my head to this post…although since my kiddos are younger we do the normal various colored plastic eggs so they can find them easily. Easter is fun! Last year, I had my birthday party the night before and had a bunch of drunk ‘Easter Bunnies’ hide all the eggs…so I had no idea where they were. We were still finding eggs months later! My friends wanted me to make THAT a tradition…but I just have too much going on this time to throw a party!

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