GOLDEN RULE

Marlborough Midweek - - OUT & ABOUT -

Do Easter your own way Re­sist mind­less con­sumerism Say ‘no’ to a se­cond Christ­mas

ut­terly be­mused.

Any­one for an ar­ti­fi­cial grass lawn for the din­ing ta­ble for Easter lunch, or a wreath to hang on the front door, or an Easter Egg ta­ble cen­tre­piece?

There were also Easter ‘‘baubles’’, and car­rot bunting, and Easter trees.

We must re­sist the big Easter up-sell. We have no need for a se­cond Christ­mas. For chil­dren, Easter is great. Ju­di­cious ra­tioning of choco­late and lol­lies in a child’s diet (which is a par­ent’s duty), means that Easter car­ries a fris­son of ex­cite­ment that doesn’t need any en­hanc­ing with Easter gifts or dec­o­ra­tions.

What we do in my house­hold is lovely, fru­gal and fun.

A few years’ back we bought some easter egg moulds, and each year we make our own eggs.

This in­volves a slab of Fair Trade milk choco­late made in New Zealand, and a smaller one of dark, or white choco­late for mar­bling. It then in­volves chil­dren in the kitchen, choco­late be­ing melted, spoons licked, and

‘‘Any­one for an ar­ti­fi­cial grass lawn for the din­ing ta­ble for Easter lunch, or a wreath to hang on the front door, or an Easter Egg ta­ble cen­tre­piece?’’

hap­pi­ness for all. It’s be­come a tra­di­tion.

It also means we end up with some good value eggs, in­stead of

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