I’m the oldest of five kids. Growing up in Virginia, my family’s Easter egg hunt was a big production, with hardboiled eggs indoors and dozens of candy- and penny-filled plastic eggs outdoors. We’d dye the real eggs but the plastic eggs didn’t show up until the next morning, after the “Easter Bunny” had visited overnight.
To make sure each of the five children got an equal number of Easter eggs, our dad would place a cluster of five eggs at each hiding spot. The result was that my siblings and I could each search at our own pace, without the fastest ones stealing most of the eggs.
Weeks later, we’d occasionally discover an unfound nest or two, after animals had chewed through the plastic to get to the Hershey’s Kisses. I suspect the squirrels looked forward to Easter as much as we did.
Making decisions based on merit or data is important. But sometimes you just need to treat everyone exactly the same, to ensure the whole team’s happy. What are some of your family’s holiday traditions?