01 April 2013

Bringing the Easter Bunny to France

In France the Easter Bunny doesn't bring kids chocolate or eggs on Easter morning.

The parents do. So this morning, I lied to my niece and nephew and told them that a giant bunny had come during nap time to hide candy in the living room. They thought it was pretty cool. The 2 year old kept clapping his hands together and saying "Lapin?! Lapin?!" ("Bunny?! Bunny?!"). He's going through  a phase right now where he's obsessed with animals.




Yesterday, we also had an egg hunt for the kids in the nursery class I teach at my church. It was adorable! My husband kept re-hiding the chocolate eggs as soon as the kids found them, to make the activity last longer. They really loved it.  Those little boys are so polite, and incredibly self-controlled, for two-year olds. They only ate 1 chocolate egg each, and we told them that we'd give the rest to their moms for later.

As a family, we waited until Easter Monday to celebrate. Traditionally, the French eat a gignot d'agneau (lamb legs), but Laurent's mother was out of town and no one else knows how to cook it, so I made an extra large helping of Fettuccine Alfredo instead. I also brought over the American tradition of eating deviled eggs on Easter. Apparently, this is actually a French dish, so I Americanized it by making Guacamole and Bacon deviled eggs. I kind of just threw things together, but if I ever figure out how to make it again, I'll post the recipe on here.

My mother-in-law prepared an "Easter Tree" for us, from which she hung Belgian chocolates. I think I'm going to start putting up an Easter tree in my house every year as well.

Ridiculously cute and delicious!




I hope you've all spent a wonderful weekend with your near and dear! 

Joyeux Pâques!


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  2. Hello there!

    I'm your opposite, I'm a French woman who fell in love and lives in the States (and has for 15 years now)... I enjoy reading your blog and learning about how you view the French. I must correct something on this post though... The parents DO NOT hide the chocolate, at least not where I came from... The church bells do!

    and the passage of time. On the Thursday before Good Friday, all church bells in France are silenced in acknowledgement of Jesus' death. In fun, children are told that the bell's chimes have flown to Rome to see the Pope. Easter morning, the bells ring out once again in celebration of the Resurrection, declaring that Jesus is alive again
    Parents tell their children the eggs were brought from Rome (where the chimes had gone), and that when the chimes returned they brought the eggs with them

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    1. Hi Julie. I'm glad you enjoy reading the blog! I love the church bell story! There are still so many cool traditions in France that I haven't learned about yet. In my husband's family they didn't have many Easter traditions growing up. When I asked him if there was an equivalent to the Easter Bunny in France, he was surprised and found the whole concept very weird. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  3. That tree is so cute! Excited to start following your blog! I'm from the Bloglovin' linkup :)

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  4. It's funny how traditions can be so different in other countries. And I never knew deviled eggs were a French dish!

    Thanks so much for linking up with THE Collective this week!

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  5. I'm so glad I found your blog via the BlogLovin blog hop. I have always loved France since my high school French class. I can't wait to see what more you have in store.

    Tamara

    http://penpaperpad.com

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  6. In Sweden they have Easter twigs instead of trees which always make me laugh when I see people buying them!

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  7. Love your blog!! I'm your newest follower from the GFC Collective.

    Mendy
    http://1crazydaisy3pokeyjoes.blogspot.com/

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  8. Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop. You have a super cute blog, I can't wait to read more. You can find me at meandmr.com

    -Melanie @meandmr.com

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  9. Have you heard about the bells? I've been told that it's the bells from Rome that bring the chocolate! I'm sticking with the bunny though :)

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