Here is how we observed the holiday, in a frugal and simple way:
- Easter baskets were purchased at Savers, total cost less than $3;
- Brought th baskets with us to FUS for the community egg hunt -- allows the kids to play with baskets, but we didn't have to fill them;
- Attended services at FUS and participated in the "egg hunt" following the service. This provided just the right amount of treats for the children; total cost -- free;
- Easter lunch served at home. Dinning out with two small children is not fun, especially if the greater Madison population is also attempting to eat out;
- Lunch consisted of primarily vegetarian food: zucchini quiche, green bean casserole, homemade bread, sweet potatoes, asparagus, jello (in the midwest jello is associated with holiday celebrations, not illness), and a slice of ham for my mom, a non-vegetarian; and
- Time outside walking, filling the bird feeders, and looking for plants rising from the earth.
A lovely time, emphasizing family, food, and nature. Easy on the wallet, the earth, and our waistlines.