Celebrating Easter: Retail Advertising, Religious Advertising and Egg Hunts
After Easter mass with their own families, the kids came to decorate their eggs. We provided them with watercolor for washes, poster color for solids, mopits (Chinese brushes), clean water in plastic bowls, glue and glitters, sequins and ribbons (messy fun!), newspapers, and toilet rolls cut in half for egg stands.
When their masterpieces were done and dried, adult egg hiders were given 20-30 minutes to find creative places to keep the search interesting. Since it was an annual event, the kids had grown wise to the easiest hiding places, and the younger children were often "helped" by wily adults (who were sometimes even MORE competitive than the kids!).
The early part of the afternoon was spent hunting eggs in a designated "safe" area—we would alternate between our garden and pond or cross over to our grandparent's adjoining house to invade their garden and grotto with the huge duhat tree, or when the weather was overcast that year, we made do with the living room area.
Some eggs were easy to hide. The kids learned to decorate not only with bright pastel colors, but with camouflage colors because they realized this made finding the eggs more challenging! Hiders with their lists shouted, "hot!" or "cold!" to give the kids clues to egg locations.
One of the most ingeniously hidden eggs in years was an egg submerged in the fish pond. The egg was kept dry inside a plastic bag and tied to a heavy rock to keep it floating just below the surface. The kid who finally spotted it needed help to "fish it out," and unsurprisingly, won the prize for finding the most eggs at the end of the day!