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The Plan To Change Easter


 

I love holidays, and they are so much fun with the kids. I think that it must be because of my own mother, but I love to do up the celebrations and make them special so that the kids have a great time. My plans for these events have always included colorful gobs of seasonal candies, and now it is all going to have to change. Our family has decided to stop eating refined sugars and I am thrilled about this decision. However, I foresee myself having to make some extreme changes when it comes to Easter, which is approaching next month.

I am incredibly grateful for my skills in the kitchen. I cannot even imagine attempting to feed our family excluding refined sugars and flours if I were not. It is something that I take seriously, and I work hard to pass my knowledge onto my own children and other kids as well. I decided that Easter will be an excellent opportunity for me to get busy learning how to bake without sugar. I am planning to fill the kids baskets with homemade baked goods. Without all of the artificially colored sugar treats, I can imagine ending up with some pretty drab granola colored Easter baskets, so I will plan to include fresh fruits in the baskets as well, and of course the eggs. I also decided that I may be able to wrap the baked goodies in colored cellophane…oh and flowers, I am absolutely going to include flowers in their baskets this year. I can even add in some seeds for them to plant in our section of the community garden…and books, I forgot books!

So now I come to the point where I am actually getting myself excited about this idea. What a blessing it is to have discovered that I have been doing things wrong for the past ten years. It is funny too, because I don’t feel foolish or defeated, I just see the opportunity to do something better, and that makes me happy. We have been going through a lot of changes in our lives lately, and I am learning not only to welcome change, but to embrace it. The effect that this attitude is having on my children is remarkable. I try to imagine what my reaction would have been if my parents had announced to me that all of the sugar was leaving the house when I was a child. It would have been like the end of the world for me. I would have screamed and cried and begged them to change their minds. I would have wondered why they hated me so much. All three of our children have taken this decision with acceptance and grace. Not one tear has been shed. We must be doing something right.

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