Lydia Neeley, contributing writer
Many times, I have found myself wandering through the grass trying to find the last Easter egg or two. We counted before we hid them so we knew how many eggs were left to find when everyone was done. After counting we found that there were a few eggs left, but all the little kids had given up and were now devouring chocolate and candy.
Does this sound familiar? Wandering around looking for an egg that no one seems to remember where it is hidden? Or maybe you give up and then find it later when you mow the lawn? Maybe this year, to save you from all that trouble, you could try a new tradition: A scavenger hunt with the eggs instead of an egg hunt. The first egg would have a clue to lead you to the next egg, and the next, picking up little treats along the way to a big prize at the end. That way, you don’t lose track of any eggs, and if you need any help, there’s a clue in the last one to help you remember where it is hidden.
An egg drop can get anyone “egg”cited about Easter. Everyone pools together old newspapers, grocery sacks, tin cans, egg cartons, and anything else they have on hand to try to protect their raw egg. After wrapping and layering their eggs, the containers are dropped off of a porch or roof. If the egg is not well protected, you will open your container to find a sticky, gooey, gross mess all over your hands. The excitement and suspense after you drop a raw egg packed in newspaper, grocery sacks, or tin cans can rival finding an egg filled with money.
Scratch that. An egg filled with money hidden with all the other candy eggs can make for an even more fun egg hunt. Racing against everyone, not only are you trying to find eggs with good candy, but also trying to find a special egg with money in it. And if this egg is the last one to be found, most likely more people will keep hunting for it.
Playing egg roulette can be a fun way to bond with your family. After hard-boiling a dozen eggs, and mixing them in with 12 raw eggs, no one can be sure what kind of egg they will pick up. Relief comes in the form of cracking it on your head and realizing that it is hard boiled. If it’s raw, good luck.
Another fun tradition that many people enjoy is rolling eggs down a large hill. Here in Cache Valley, many people go to Old Main at Utah State University to roll their eggs down the hill. Often contests will be held and the person’s whose hard-boiled egg goes the farthest without cracking wins.
Last but not least is the tradition of dying hard boiled eggs. Letting your artistic side take over can create a wide array of patterns and shapes. If you find yourself unsure if you really want to dye eggs this year, think again. Instead of just dying them one color, try dipping them in one color for a little bit and then another. If you want to go a step further, leave an egg in the dye for a little while and then take it out and let it dry. After letting it dry, take a wax crayon (they normally come with the dye kits) or a white crayon and draw lines, shapes, or even a face on it. Then put the egg back in the dye. The place where the crayon has been drawn on will be a lighter color than the rest of the egg.
Whether you celebrate Easter this year with eggs or not, I hope you have an “egg”cellent holiday!