Either way you view this time of year, there’s much tradition and many memories attached to it…one being classic Easter egg hunts
Growing up, the Easter weekend was always spent in Oudtshoorn with extended family, visiting the KKNK festival, and walking down to the bright yellow corner café to rent movies (classic VHS tapes only). Because it was a corner café and not an actual Blockbuster, the selection was small and incredibly random, but it still brought so much joy.
When the temperatures were cool enough to actually venture outside, chocolate eggs were hidden all over the garden. My sister and I would practically fight to the death for the most bounty with adrenaline levels so high one thought ‘I could win The Hunger Games, for sure!’. Every year for 16 years our long weekend plans in April were the same. I remember being devastated when the old yellow café stopped renting out movies. Where else would I be able to get my hands on classic Looney Tune videos now?
As I and the other cousins got older, and after my gran passed, we started travelling up less and less. As much as we missed it, this allowed for new traditions to be made. Three years ago was the first time my sister and I spent the long weekend solely by ourselves. We made the most amazing Sunday lunch together and it turned out to be one of our favourite Easter memories yet.
This year will be the same – our parents are away and we’ll be sure to do something really fun involving wine and too much food. I’ve been reminiscing about Easter egg hunts, so I think we’ll get one set up, too. I’ve been obsessing over Cadbury’s new chocolate eggs (and bunny Top Deck!). Of course the creme eggs are still a staple, but their chocolate eggs filled with Whispers and Astros are just incredible. Side note, does anyone else immediately think of going to the movies when eating Astros and Whispers? Just me? I can smell the popcorn when I just think about it! Anyway, I digress. I think I’ll be getting as many Astros- and Whispers-filled chocolate eggs, purple marshmallow fluffies and slabs of bunny Top Deck my basket can carry for hiding in the garden. One just needs to find them before the dogs do.
Whether you partake in the traditional aspects of Easter, or just enjoy the extra days off work, it can be a time of family traditions (old or new), good food, too much chocolate and ultimately quality time with people you love. Not much can beat that.