It hardly feels like any time has passed since those festive frantic shopping sprees, hours spent in search of perfect gifts and the credit card statements to show for it. Why does it feel like we are having a deja vu moment this Easter?
This year, Easter appears to have been gate crashed by another holiday party. Easter themed wreaths, crackers, table decorations and even Easter trees and ornate egg hanging decorations are trending this year. Not forgetting luxury Easter eggs with decedent price tags, Easter baskets brimming with gifts (sounds like a stocking shape shifter to me), you can even get luxury beauty eggs for the non-chocaholics, much like beauty advent calendars we are seeing at Christmas.
In 2018, American Express research showed that UK shoppers would spend an estimated £13 billion over the Easter bank holiday weekend on activities, eating out and gifts. Retail Gazette estimates that Brits spent around £900 million on chocolate and gifts alone last year.
Is there anything wrong with embracing these new trends? Of course not. But the stress, expense and expectation that may come as a package deal with this transforming Easter (or 'Eastmas') all sounds a little too familiar, and frankly, a little unsettling.
Easter is one of the oldest widely celebrated holidays in the world, and so, naturally, it carries with it some of the most fun and quirky traditions. We believe at Rascal Remedy that the Easter egg hunt itself is always way more fun than getting that chocolate egg at the end.
Here's a few of our favourite things to do over Easter. They include minimum spends, maximum fun and are sure to create eggcellent memories too (sorry, couldn't resist).
- Bake some Cornish revel buns. Cornwalls own (much tastier, shhh) version of the hot-cross bun is also known as saffron or tea treat bun. Revel buns were baked only on special occasions such as feasts or religious holidays such as Easter.
- Feasts and walks on Good Friday. A Cornish tradition of going on special walks to St. Michael's Mount or Lamorna Cove, to take in the beautiful scenery and share a picnic with friends or loved ones.
- Egg painting and decorating. A simple but fun activity of decorating hard boiled eggs with colourful paints and patterns. On Easter Sunday in Cornwall it is tradition to find a steep hill to roll your decorated egg down to see whose wins.
- Craft your own Easter bonnet. Grab your tissue paper, glue and ribbons and get making. Crown a winner by hosting an Easter bonnet competition with family and friends.
- Easter egg hunt. Most shops offer value packs of simple chocolate eggs, or why not make your own out of paper mache, wood or try decorating real eggs to hide in the garden.
However you plan to celebrate, we wish you a very happy Easter!