Easter is not at all big in NZ. I know no-one else who decorates for Easter.
Only around 16% of our population attend church regularly too. Of course we sell chocolate and Easter eggs and hot cross buns. I know one or two shops that sell Easter paraphernalia - Spotlight and Bed, Bath and Table but that is it. I guess that because we are heading into autumn now too, the spring- ness of Easter and new life does not really happen here.
I was amazed when in Sydney 2 weekends ago how commercialised Easter was - all the shops had items for sale whether declarations, craft, the speciality chocolate shops (I wish now I had bought an Easter bilby!), books (both religious and rabbit picture books) etc.
We always makes our own hot cross buns on Good Friday and the boys get one chocolate thing each and that is it. I know of many overseas children who get baskets full of things , much like Christmas.
I'm not really into chocolate still ...:(
I decorate a wee bit and do have some gorgeous Easter mugs from Bed, Bath and Table. The boys really ignore all these things. In my past life as a cub scout leader, one year all the boys made terracotta plant pot Easter pots. These are on our dining room table along with a gorgeous table cloth that my mum embroidered. I love it .
Sweet carrots from Tracy at Mad About Bags - I need to style these a b it better too! I have lots of eggs which I usually hang from a branch - I just need to grab a branch!
Here's the pumpkin I knitted on the weekend too. I'd love to do an autumn/ fall swap too ( I know being on the opposite side of the world can be tricky. Would people partake if they are coming into Spring now????? ). I think this would be cute in a swap....
And I have started my next knitting - a shawl - easy knitting for the moment! I love how this German wool feels when knitting.