Our family gets giddy for holidays. Knowing me as you do, it shouldn’t be a shock that I have an entire storage room dedicated to wreaths, décor and cookie cutters divided meticulously into seasons. Yes.. I do. And I gently rotate them throughout the year so that the next holiday’s treasures are easily accessible. Beloved traditions have permeated every Hallowe’en, Christmas and Easter in order to make memories and bond as a family. We have special recipes and songs, outfits and stories handed down through generations. While all of this adds sparkle to life, sometimes these traditions aren’t entirely selfless. At times, I focus more on the spectacle than actually spending real time with my kids. My heart races as I just admitted that.

Commercialism and stress can creep into holidays a bit more often than I like. This year, it seems that the world could benefit from extra kindness and less stodgy traditions. Would holidays be ruined without lavish gifts? Does that expensive grass-fed ham really matter to order to orchestrate the perfect Easter dinner? No. Being happy, healthy and surrounded by family along with only a few sparkly traditions should be enough to make each holiday magic.

lindt-gold-bunnyPeople can have bad days, get in ruts, and be sidelined by unexpected sadness. Because this year feels so different, our traditions are changing too. I want my kids to grow up as aware global citizens. Being selfish and hoarding the delicious candy for themselves isn’t going to make that happen. A little kindness is worth its weight in gold. So, with the help of Lindt’s iconic Gold Bunny, the kids and I headed out to begin a new tradition of spreading joy. (Bearing the best chocolate many strangers will ever taste.) Produced in white, hazelnut, dark, and milk chocolate, then carefully foil-wrapped and tied with a bell and bow, the Lindt Gold Bunny will make many more people smile!

Off we went. To the sidewalk in front of a local flower shop while an elderly woman walked along the street. We hid (and made sure she didn’t trip over the bunnies!) and the grin on her face could have lit all of the streetlamps. Happy Easter! We picked up the bunnies and gave them to her as the kids started feeling shy and darted off.

mini-gold-bunny-soccer-teamNext stop – a soccer game. The other team was shocked to find small gold bunnies on their warm-up bench. Now that’s sportsmanship. What completely struck me as my youngest handed the treats out to his team to place on the other bench – that this new tradition of ours is not only making people happy in the moment, but I had a hunch that a few of the players on the team will adopt gold bunny acts of kindness too.

The local school playground was a logical place to spread some kindness. Hopefully it was the child who’d been excluded or ridiculed that day who found the delectable chocolate!

easter-basketThe fenced-in garden of my neighbor who just lost her husband to cancer seemed like a perfect bunny hiding place. She spends hours tending to her pruning and am certain she will find the shiny treasure soon!

Lindt is on the same page as our family (hmm… maybe that’s where I got the idea!) with their storybook app. “The Bell that Rang in Easter,” as a fun and interactive way to get in the spirit of giving and sharing Easter with your kids.  Visit goldbunnystory.com to download the app free from iTunes and Google Play.

the-bell-that-rang-in-easterFor loads more ideas, shiny bunnies and Easter fun, the Lindt Easter web page is a great resource!

And even better…. We have a special Lindt Gold Bunny chocolate giveaway (valued at $100) for you! The only catch is that you get a 1kg Lindt Gold Bunny valued at $83.99, along with some additional Lindt Easter chocolates so you’ll have to decide whether to keep the big bunny or share it as a random act of kindness. Please use the rafflecopter form below to enter, and for an additional entry, comment on our ‘Let’s Be Honest’ series Facebook Live video. Canada only, excl. Quebec. Ends 04/17 Easter Monday. Good luck, and may you spread joy and build meaningful traditions during this holiday season!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Lindt Canada. All opinions are our own.

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Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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