I am a tradition-a-holic. From a very young age, I have been addicted to the traditions that surround each holiday. Meticulously sorting Halloween candy with my brother, reading holiday-themed books with family, piling into a vehicle with friends to go on a Christmas light tour, and hand-decorating Valentine’s Day cards for classmates. Traditions are an integral part of each holiday and they are what evoke feelings of nostalgia, comfort, and most of all connection with each other.
With Easter quickly approaching, I am again reminded of the many traditions that accompany this holiday for me. I vividly remember going Easter dress shopping every year with my grandmas and feeling so fancy and so special. I remember large Easter meals at my house where both sides of my family would (and still do) gather together to share a meal and easy conversation. I remember my tiny fingers stained with food colouring from carefully decorating eggs. But mostly, I remember our family Easter egg hunts.
Our Easter egg hunts were epic. Starting from the moment my brother and I awoke on Easter morning and excitedly opened our bedroom doors, the hunt was on and it would last for hours. No hiding place was off limits, and everything from light fixtures to floor registers were fair game. One year there was an Easter treat in the kitty litter box. I’m not joking. On more than one occasion, we were still finding Easter egg candy into the summer months.
It may sound silly to some or extreme to others, but it is an Easter tradition that I hold close to my heart and one that continues to bring me feelings of nostalgia, comfort, and connection.
Now I am a parent, and one of my greatest desires is for my children to experience the feelings of connectedness that participating in traditions can bring. This Easter, we will continue many traditions from my own childhood: Easter egg decorating, dining with family for an Easter meal, and of course an epic Easter egg hunt. But we will also start a few new family traditions: making Easter Bunny Pop’n Choc together, and cuddling up as a family to read Easter stories.
Thanks to the creative folks at Lindt Canada, finding the perfect story to read as a family just got a lot easier. Lindt Canada, the famous chocolatiers known for their delectable gold bunnies, have just released an Easter storybook app entitled “The Bell that Rang in Easter.” The app, which boasts beautiful illustrations, an engaging story, and interactive features, is FREE to download from iTunes and Google Play. Even better, Lindt will be donating $1 for every app download to the Children’s Aid Foundation.
What better way to experience the tradition of connectedness this Easter season than to download and read The Bell That Rang in Easter, all the while knowing that through Lindt you are connecting with and making a difference in the lives of other children and families as well?
To experience the magic of “The Bell That Rang in Easter” with your family this Easter holiday season, download your free copy of the app at Goldbunnystory.com. While you’re there, share your own stories of your Gold Bunny Easter traditions using the hashtag #GoldBunnyStory. In addition, there are Easter events being held in conjunction with the launch of the app that you won’t want to miss. Visit the Lindt website for more details on events in your area.
May your Easter be filled with fun, family, and your own #GoldBunnyStory traditions.