I miss this time of year! We where always spending these days in my village, meeting friends and relatives who we had not seen for a long time, going to the church wearing our new formal clothes, helping my mother with the preparations for the Sunday feast and my father and grandfather always arguing about weather the lamb was ready or not. How I miss my grandfather...It’s all the tradition I miss here in Sweden.
Since we came here, I am trying to find a way to pass this tradition to my children. But it is really difficult because the tradition is there but the spirit isn’t. I mean the family spirit the gathering of the bigger family idea all of these things that I remember as a child isn’t there. How am I going to transfer it to my children when my memories are so different with the present?
The only thing I can do is start from the bottom, from the beginning. We can learn all together from the start making new memories. I can try to explain to them why we go to church, why we paint the eggs red on Holy Thursday, why our godmother / godfather buys us a Easter candle and a little present. Why all of that? Why is it so important for us Greeks to honor and celebrate these days?
So yesterday I decided to make some Easter crafts with my babies. We can start with the easy things right?
They painted each beautiful egg nests for our red eggs all by themselves.
They decided to decorate their Easter candles by themselves.
And they painted their eggs as they liked all by themselves.
I will try to explain to them the importance of the Holy Saturday and at night go to church with them holding their Easter candles.
I hope one day we will get the chance to celebrate this marvelous tradition once again with our family and friends in Greece.