Every Easter when I was a kid, my family used our dyed Easter eggs to play a game we called Christo Anesti. Every year, we dyed our eggs using the same store-bought dye with the wire egg-holder and the cheap stickers. You, too, could do that again this year, or…you could mix things up by creating marbled eggs with supplies you already have at home! Have fun experimenting with different colors in this easy and unique egg decorating activity.
- Shaving Cream (or Whipped Cream, if you plan to eat the eggs)
- White Eggs
- Food Coloring
- Disposable Gloves
- Wooden Skewer or Toothpick
- Glass Pan
- Paper Towels
- Spray shaving cream into glass pan, about an inch deep
- Add drops of food coloring to the shaving cream. Two colors is usually the right amount to make sure the colors don’t mix and turn brown.
- Swirl the colors together with a skewer or toothpick
- Using gloves, roll each egg through the shaving cream and gently wipe off excess shaving cream with a paper towel. Set on a clean paper towel or cooling rack to dry.
Once you’re done marbling your eggs, you’ve got a great centerpiece and the perfect Christo Anesti eggs.
To Play the Game:
In order to play Christo Anesti, each person gets one egg. You start by tapping one end of your egg with someone else’s as you declare, “Chriso Anesti,” meaning “Christ has risen” in Greek. You continue around the group until each end of your egg is cracked. The last person with at least one end of their egg in tact is the winner!
I don’t know the real name of this game or the history behind it. All I know is that my family looked forward to it every year. My brothers believe there’s a strategy to winning, but I’m convinced it’s luck.
After playing Christo Anesti, my family would peel the eggs and eat them with salt.
Marbling eggs and adding an entertaining game could be a fun Easter tradition to start in your own (nanny) family!