Actually, before my train of thought got derailed (thanks, JKirk :rolleyes: ) I was going to tell you what we used to do about egg hunts. First off, the explanation for all the candy was that, when we were growing up, it was traditional for kids to give up candy for Lent. Easter Sunday, we got baskets full of candy (presumably, we had done an “heroic” job of suffering through Lent and deserved a reward!)
We used to hide the Easter baskets (for my son and niece and two nephews) with all the candy and goodies (including, but not limited to, a new swim suit and beach towel, beach toys and sunglasses, because spring break meant visiting a favorite uncle in Lake Havasu City, AZ and hitting the beach!) and then have an Easter egg hunt in the afternoons. With four kids, we often ended up with way too many hard-boiled eggs (you can have pink-and-blue egg salad for lunch just so often before the gag reflex kicks in just THINKING about it!), so we scaled back on the egg dyeing (to just 5 or 6 each) and I went out and bought those plastic eggs that you can fill with candy.
So I filled most of them with plastic rosaries; scapulars; little plastic statues of Jesus, Mary, the saints; religious medals; religious stickers, erasers, and tiny prayer books, and other stuff that wasn’t candy. With the age spread we have (six years between the oldest and youngest) I even took to writing their names on the eggs with the rules as follows: If it was easy to find (in plain sight, about five years ago!) then it probably belongs to Joseph, the youngest. If you find an egg, check the name on it. If it’s your name, you can pick it up. If it’s not, leave it where you found it and DON’T yell out, “Hey, Joe, I found one of your eggs!”
The oldest (my son) is now 14 and while he disdains the idea of an egg hunt… he still likes his Easter basket. Snickers, a new CD, minutes for his tracfone, a DVD or two or a Playstation game (guess what HE gave up for Lent) and “fun” clothes like shorts and t-shirts.
And the significance of Easter? He can’t WAIT to serve the Saturday Easter vigil Mass! “It’s SO cool!”