Dear Dawn, When it came time for Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving, what did you do to celebrate?
We ‘looked ahead!’ Easter would be in Montenegro. We shopped ahead in Germany and Austria, knowing it would be hard to find ingredients for baskets for the boys. And we wanted to bring our traditions with us wherever we went. At that point we had rented a camper, so we were able to hide our stash.
There are traditions we hold dear. But we were also excited to learn how others around the world celebrated – so many on Easter Monday.
In Poland, the Easter Tradition is just as whacky as our Bunny-egg-thing: Easter Monday boys carry around buckets of water and squirt guns to soak each other in a tradition called Smingus-Dyngus that goes back to Polish Prince Miesko 966 AD. Had something to do with Baptism, so the prince is probably flipping in his grave!
Easter Monday, the town of Haux, France serves a giant omelet to the town’s people. We’re talking 4500 eggs — giant! They say Napoleon once visited the town, liked their omelet offering so much, he ordered up a giant omelet for his army. How they cooked the thing is another question for Google.
In a beach-side park near the place we were camping in Montenegro, we hid eggs, and on Easter morning Ron gathered the family to once again tell the story of Easter, from Jesus’ last supper, to the trial, death and resurrection. The true meaning of Easter for us – from the cross to the grave to the resurrection.
It is always important to look ahead!