Many of the Easter traditions we know in the States are also part of the Dutch traditions for Pasen. On Saturday, Little Man very excitedly colored eieren (eggs) for eating later. While buying an egg dye packet, I made the realization that Paas, a company name seen all over egg dying kits in the States, is potentially a Dutch company (Paas is singular for Easter, Pasen is plural - there's a plural because many Europeans celebrate Easter Monday/Second Easter Day, or Tweeste Paasdag). I didn't have Paas brand coloring, but I thought it was an interesting connection to make.
Anywho, with a small group of eggs, Little Man was quite happy to do some coloring. He's not really at the developmental stage for understanding how/having the patience to do two-tone or multi-colored eggs, but the fact that he has the attention span to let an egg sit in the dye long enough to take the color is a huge difference over last year.
|Little Man and the Easter eggs|
|"Help with the butter? Sure!"|
After breakfast we made our way via bus/train/bus to Eindhoven, the next big city to the east for Easter morning service at the Anglican church in the area. We decided to do an English-speaking service to feel familiar with what was going on. After the service we headed back home for Little Man's nap and get ready for Easter dinner.
While Little Man was napping, the Paashaas (Easter Bunny) left some goodies in his basket and hid some eggs. A friend also arrived during naptime, and from talking with Little Man it's unclear whether he thinks our friend is the Paashaas or just a delivery assistant to the Paashaas.