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Easter egg fun!

Easter eggs Easter eggs
Easter eggs Easter eggs
Easter eggs Easter eggs
Easter eggs Easter eggs

One of the many things that are different about Britain is that no one dyes eggs for Easter. It’s all very chocolate centric here, with the giving of giant chocolate eggs or lindt bunnies, and the seasonal release of mini eggs, but that’s about it. You cannot actually buy egg dyes in shops here, and white eggs (that are easier to dye) are extremely rare (we ended up buying some super fancy ones that are naturally pastel coloured), whereas they are available in any supermarket around Easter time in Luxembourg/Germany.

To be fair, I’m not sure all the eggy fun is *that* common in Germany, I follow a lot of crafty German ladies on instagram and I’m yet to see any Easter egg related posts. I did grow up in a household that went excessively into egg related stuff – my maiden name is Eirich, which basically means egg-like, so we kind of had to. My parents collect art on eggs, and there was always plenty of Easter themed decoration around when I was growing up.

Anyway, I really wanted to pass this tradition on to Milo. My mum sent us a humungous selection of egg dyes, of which we’ve used about 2% so far. We just did two batches, one red one blue. On some eggs I painted stuff on with vaseline so the dye wouldn’t get in. I also tried to stick some paper designs on some, but the paper came off. I should have checked the online tutorials – you need to wrap the eggs in cut up tights! The rest we just kept plain, and then I let Milo loose on them with finger paint. We didn’t manage that many, because he eventually reverted back to sticking the eggs in his mouth, which obviously isn’t ideal, but we managed a few. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to make some more!

p.s. the star Milo made for mothers day at nursery!

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  • señorita mandarina 9 April 2014, 11:06 am

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  • Fiona 9 April 2014, 11:12 am

    We didn’t dye eggs when I was little but our primary school always had an egg decorating contest each year. The designs were often very elaborate involving more cotton wool and toilet rolls than actual egg content.
    On Easter Sunday we would go for a walk up a hill and roll the eggs until they were smashed to smithereens.
    I think this might be a very scottish tradition as none of my English friends know about it and think I am crazy. Nevertheless we take my nieces egg rolling at Easter to keep the tradition up.

    • Franca 9 April 2014, 11:39 am

      Yes, lot’s of people have told me about this! Apparently they do it on a hill near our house! I’m not sure Milo is quite ready for that yet (he’s a tendency to want to launch himself off hills), but we’ll go and check it out!

  • Fen 9 April 2014, 2:49 pm

    Thank you for writing about this Easter tradition. It made me want to get some eggs and colour them too… 🙂
    I heard of that Scottish tradition when I was in Scotland a while ago. We dyed some Easter eggs when we were there too and people were quite interested and wouldnt want to eat the egg after peeling it as it was a bit coloured from the inside…
    I grew up in Germany and I am aware of some of the traditions that we used to have. I can agree to Franca as there is not that many children left that would enjoy, know of and do that kinda of thing today- which really is a pity- looking back on how much I enjoyed it when I was little.

    Besides the “Eier ausblasen” and egg dying we used to grow “Ostergrass” on a plate like dish and water and watch how it grew day by day until Easter.
    Milo is probably still a little too young for that kind of thing.

  • Amanda 9 April 2014, 3:35 pm

    I’ve never done this with either of mine. I do have a tree with eggs however, but just shop bought ones. What a lovely tradition!
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  • Renate 10 April 2014, 8:23 am

    Where I come from (the Netherlands) it is, as far as I know, mostly done by families that have small kids. You can buy these sets, with paint, brushes and a thing to stick the eggs in, so you can paint them on all sides (without getting paint all over your house…).
    I remember coloring eggs when I was young. My mom used to hide them in the house and garden and me and my sister would try to find them, it was a lot of fun :).

  • Helen 11 April 2014, 8:23 pm

    This is a lovely idea. So nice that you are passing your traditions on. And salt dough is obviously the gift if choice amongst Edinburgh nurseries – I got a glittery heart!