Easter Bunny doesn’t come to Portugal. He doesn’t hide chocolate eggs for children to find. In Portugal for Easter, we eat almonds (candied, chocolate covered, hand-painted in sugar and plain almonds), we spend the day with family and some of us go to Mass.
The Portuguese in me is really uncomfortable with all the fictional characters that North-American culture is adamant in imposing on our children. In Portugal, we also don’t have the Tooth-Fairy and I don’t remember a time where I believed in Santa. Still, each tooth that fell was celebrated, my Christmas was magic, and Easter was a lovely weekend up North with all the family.
No, I’m not courageous enough to break the mold here and start telling my kids that these are lies that we keep perpetuating year after year. I do find egg hunts fun! I just wish the eggs were not filled with cheap candy and toys, and that Easter Bunny could just be a fictional character (I do plan to start introducing them to the goddess Ostara once they are a bit older).
I have been trying to combine both Portuguese and Canadian traditions and place less attention on the Bunny part. For a few years now we have been doing Candied Almonds the day before Easter Sunday. As a family we fold the almonds in parchment paper squares and place them inside plastic eggs. We fill a bowl full of these eggs. Then at night time the Easter Bunny comes and hides the eggs through the house. This year Bunny even made an adorable scavenger hunt booklet and left a Newfoundland Chocolate Company chocolate egg at the end of the hunt for each boy!
This is my way to reconcile both traditions and so far it has been successful. My oldest loves helping with the almonds and was super excited to find the scavenger hunt booklet inside the empty bowl that morning.
Hope your Easter weekend was lovely and fun! Do you have any tips for me for next year?
Have a wonderful week! Make it count.