With the exception of this past year (when I was extremely pregnant), we always practice the same traditions at Christmas. I've spent 26 of my 30 Christmases waking up in my childhood home, yet Easter is always a bit random. Probably not as random as spending Thanksgiving in Las Vegas several years in a row, but every year seems to be a different story. I've spent Eater with my family in Northern Cali, at my aunt's house in Monterey, with just my husband while my parents were away, in Vancouver with just my brother - you get the idea. This Easter will be the first major holiday we will be spending with our baby boy. Not only will it be the perfect opportunity to dress him all up in pastel plaids, but a time to start some new traditions.
One easy way to introduce a new tradition is with food. Ginger crinkles at Christmas and pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving - it is about time Easter in our household has its own set of treats to help recall moments of such a special holiday. Certain smells and tastes bring back memories in an instant. Perhaps it will be the scent of cinnamon and other spices being baked up in these Carrot Cupcakes that my children will associate Easter with one day.