Easter is the most joyous holiday in the Christian calendar. But even for those not inclined toward formal religion, it represents a time of rebirth, new beginnings and the magic of spring.
- If you know it would be welcome, include in your Easter basket a gift certificate from your local animal shelter, thereby giving new life to both your friend and an abandoned dog or cat.
- Take your kids to a community Easter-egg hunt or one put on by a club you belong to. If there isn't one near you, stage your own.
- Give in to springtime wanderlust and travel to one of the many Easter festivals around the country.
- Honor nature's yearly rebirth by spending some "quality time" with it. Go on a birding trek or a tree-identification hike and take along some trash bags so that you can pick up litter along the way.
- Compose Easter baskets for all your grown-up friends (adults tend to be overlooked at Easter). Along with a few colored eggs and chocolate bunnies, tuck in some seed packets and potted plants destined for either a garden or windowsill.
- Throw an Easter costume party and ask guests to come dressed as a famous rabbit. Don't scoff - there are far more than you realize. For starters: Harvey; Bugs Bunny; Roger Rabbit; Peter Rabbit, his mother and his sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail; the White Rabbit and the March Hare from "Alice in Wonderland" not to mention the Easter Bunny.