|Plastic Easter Eggs ("hidden" outside)|
Has she noticed that the eggs are the same every year? Nope. At this point we're good for at least another year or two before she probably even realizes that the Easter Bunny didn't leave them (oh oh, I'd better make sure she doesn't read this blog!).
We also re-use the "grass" in the baskets. In fact, we have quite a bit of "grass" that we've been given by friends and family and we have never had to buy any. Frankly I can't stand the stuff, but I can't bring myself to toss it out because it really can't be recycled. So, until I find a different use for it, it will continue to grace her Easter Basket.
Other items we re-use are: window-clings, figurines, bunny-ear headbands, and banners. Many of which were also gotten at garage sales or are family heirlooms (recycling at it's best... quality items being handed down through generations).
|My daughter's favorite Easter basket and bunny ears|
We even look for Easter dresses at thrift stores since fancy dresses are not usually worn more than a few times before they are donated... and we have found some lovely dresses there over the years.
I will admit that the one thing we do buy new is candy. Each year we get a nice variety of decent-quality chocolates (and they are usually chocolates that her father and I might want to "help" her eat!). But overall, our financial outlay for Easter and our ecological impact are pretty low.
The only real issue we have with holiday recycling and re-using items is storage. I have to admit that storage can be a real challenge... but it's worth it. Not only do most of the items we use save us money and help out the environment, but most of the items bring a real smile of joy to all of our faces as we bring out beloved items which hold many cherished memories - and that's really what Easter and other family holidays are about - making memories.
Happy Easter to you and your family!!