It's all about chocolate eggs and bunnies around here for now, and until Easter Monday. All kinds of chocolate, plain, with fruits or nuts, difference percentage of cocoa blends, you name it. Pure madness, for who ever is trying to resist the sweet temptations...
Over 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced every year. Sixty million of those are consumed in the U.S. alone!
While this makes most children very happy and keeps them busy looking for eggs in the garden, I need to mention the sad (and horrifying) side of Easter with the slaughtering of millions of baby lambs, that just in Italy.
If you want to do something about it, you can sign online petitions to stop this useless cruelty.
You can also decide to prepare a vegan Easter meal, from starter to desert. I came across Jamie Oliver's recipes for this occasion, this is the link to this vegan page. His recipes are usually accommodating the cooking beginners also.
There is also vegan chocolate available in most countries, PETA has established of these brands here. If you want to prepare your own vegan chocolate, with your kids and family as a group and family activity, here are some delicious cooking recipes.
When you are buying chocolate (or coffee), remember the little producers around the world that are getting pennies for your sweets and comfort bites. The International Labor Organization estimates that there are millions of child laborers working to produce many of our everyday purchases such as coffee and cocoa. As you might imagine, forced laborers are exploited for their work, forced to work long hours with little or no pay, and have little rights. Check out these fair trade companies here. Choose a fair trade product and restore some fair balance for all.
Easter can be a great time for kids and adults to get together and prepare DIY items to have a lovely home sweet home, great family presents and lovely memories. No need to get out and buy these items! Have a look at how to entertain both big and small ones with some of these 52 Easter crafts ideas for Kids.
"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything." - William Shakespeare