The first thing we did was to choose our favorite candy and only buy one package to share. Reese's peanut butter eggs are the only thing we bought. We didn't buy 4 packages like in the past, but only one. We found that we appreciated the candy more when there was less of it to have. Next year, to go a step further with our efforts to live green, we will make our own peanut butter cups. It will be fun to do as a family activity and should taste good as well. I can choose the quality of ingredients I use and will know exactly what is in our candy.
Second, we didn't dye Eggs this year. I think this was the first time since we were married that we didn't do this. I personally am not a fan of eggs, but my husband grew up dying Easter eggs to celebrate Easter in their house. We grew up getting Easter baskets full of candy. If we do dye eggs next year, we will buy only a dozen eggs, and we won't buy a special kit to color eggs. We will figure out a way to make the dye ourselves or try some kind of natural way to dye eggs in our efforts to live more green and healthy. When our kids were young, we used to buy a dozen eggs for each kid to dye, as well as some for the parents. Imagine 6 dozen eggs being dyed. It was a big event and they lasted for a while after Easter. Since colored dyes aren't good for you anyway, we will figure out a better way to do this if we choose to do it again.
Third, the meal. I used to spend an easy 50-100 dollars on the meal, including lots of rich foods we don't have on a regular basis. This year, because we had a lot going on that weekend, we just did a nice Easter breakfast with hash browns, breakfast burritos and several fresh fruits. I spent 5 dollars on our ham to go into our breakfast burritos instead of buying a huge spiral ham. We ate better portions than in the past. It really doesn't matter what you have to eat on holidays. The thing that matters is that you are with people you love.