Saturday, April 15, 2017

EASTER OF YESTER YEAR

Long before plastic eggs, marshmallow peeps and  everybody on cell phones, Easter was about bonnets, pretty dresses and celebrating one of the most important dates on the Christian calendar. While my family was neither conservative or religious, Easter was always our third big holiday where we all would get together and have a spring time meal, to welcome the spring season and time to renew. And my aunt cooks a mean Easter dinner, I'm here to tell you. I used to love some of the Easter traditions of yester year.  What was Easter like when you were a kid? These are some things you never seen anymore.

Do kids even get Easter baskets anymore???? I would always receive one, and blushing.......still do! My mother always does a little one with just a few pieces of candy and a few colored eggs. And usually some mini bottles of gin. When young, I always had a basket with candy,jelly beans, and usually a stuffed  bunny.

Yes we still dress up on Easter, and I remember when I was young, my grandmother and mother always took me for a new outfit which always had a little bow tie. Do  people still shop for new Easter ensembles?
Egg hunts??? I know our fair hamlet has one this Saturday and always do. It is fun to watch the kids all dressed up. And they actually do find the eggs. At the end, someone from the borough hall dresses up like the Easter bunny.

Sugar eggs. My grandmother always got the grandkids one and her daughters. I haven't seen one in years. I always thought they were so cool. The hollow sugar egg, a vestige of Victorian Easter traditions, had a peephole at one end. Inside was a miniature, idyllic scene of frosting flowers and edible rabbits, which was so compelling that I could not bear to part with it, much less eat it.

Remember when crowds would pack streets to watch the Easter Parade? Neither do I. But I would so do this now if they still had them. I remember my grandparents telling me stories of themselves doing this. They would walk the Second Street boulevard in downtown Harrisburg, and show their finery to all.

Easter hats.Women decked out in their Easter bonnets on Easter. My grandmothers both had a huge assortments of chapeaus. And on Easter they brought out the fanciest ones. And they both had milliners they went to religiously. Of course truth be told, EVERYDAY should be a say something hat day!


Bunny ears! Yes, bunny ears! Hey.... there fun. Try them in bed some night with your man!!!

I'll be away for a extended weekend for the Easter holiday to visit family and friends up north. I'll return some time next week. In the meantime, what ever your Easter traditions, I wish you all a wonderful, and pleasant happy time  this Easter.

Happy Easter!!!
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31 comments:

  1. I remember all these thing well. I have forgotten all about those sugar eggs. I used to go a lovely old candy store that made the most elaborate scenes in them. As I get older, its a shame to see people lose interest and drop these traditions, and lose interest in the holidays. Its actually quite depressing. Which Is why I live your holding on yo traditions and posting about them. When there gone, they will never return.

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  2. I've been wearing a huge bonnet to potter in the extensive gardens here at Dolores Delargo Towers today. It's the perfect attire for unpredictable weather, and adds a sprinkling of gay to even the gloomiest days. Jx

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  3. Bunny eats in bed? Were you playing a well hung Easter bunny?

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    1. he'd be perfect living on a rabbit farm, don't you agree?

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  4. Lovely Easter post! And brought back some wonderful memories. I feel like its not a holiday celebrated like it used to either. I love a good parade too.

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  5. Here's hopping for a lovely Easter Mistress! Watch those eggs.

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  6. when I was small, I had a basket, new clothes, and we went to grandmom's house for a fabu dinner. I never went on an egg hunt, but I did have two sugar eggs at one point (don't know what happened to them). never saw an easter parade, nor wore a fancy hat.

    I DID buy a dark chocolate coconut egg at weis market for spouse and I to share. that's all we need.

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  7. Thank you for this wonderful refresher course about what Easter used to be - - and should still be.

    Great photos - - and I used to LOVE those beautiful sugar eggs. I think they still make them, but they're nearly impossible to find.

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  8. Happy Easter!

    I used to get a basket when I was a kid. I also remember coloring eggs with family and then finding them in the backyard later on.

    Now, we don't even get the Cadbury bunny on TV anymore.

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  9. Those are so nice Easter traditions. I am doing the same thing as Jesus. I went out on Friday, and coming back on Monday.

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  10. And here I thought my mother was the only one to still give a Easter basket at this age. And you know we secretly love it.

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  11. Easter was always a favorite holiday of mine. I loved egg hunts as a uoungin. I hope you having a lovely Easter.

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  12. I love that egg carton Easter bonnet! I wonder if that was a dead rabbit on Ann Miller's head! I always found the sugar eggs fascinating works of art, but I preferred chocolate!

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  13. Happy Easter Mistress. You do realize, I'm only in this for the candy??

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  14. Happy Easter, Mistress! Those sugar eggs do look too good to eat - would you rather sit on them or lay them?

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    1. as long as there is a hole to slide something through, or stick something in, he's happy.

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  15. Happy Easter to you too. I wouldn't mind a,sugar egg, or Evan MacGregor with those ears on in my bed.

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  16. Happy Easter! I think most of these we don't remember, but the basket and candy and a egg hunt. Our huge tradition was a Easter breakfast.

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  17. happy easter mistress! just checking to see if your bonnet's on, and your basket full?

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  18. What a delightful post for the day, what great memories Easter had. And I still enjoy the candy! Happy Easter Mistress.

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  19. That,egg hat is crazy!!!!! But Ann Miller and Easter Parade is one tradition I love. I always watch it today. Hope your having a egg-citing time with your loved ones.

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  20. Happy Easter, Mistress! We would get all dressed up for church on Easter Sunday when I was a kid in the 1960s. I'd have to wear a dress, patent leather Mary Janes with white bobby socks, PLUS little white gloves and carry a small purse with a lacy cloth hanky in it. But mercifully, no hat or crinoline. My gawd, no wonder I turned out to be a dyke.

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  21. Happy Easter and safe travels.

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  22. Ours was never anything special, really. Church, then Easter baskets, then Sunday dinner. The "special" part were the baskets of candy, and the Lamb cake (cake mold) with coconut sprinkled on the frosting. Always hated that cake. Blech!

    Hope you had a glorious day, mistress. Hugs!!!

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  23. Hope you had a great Easter. Yep, I still enjoy the holiday, but it sure is not the same anymore.

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  24. I remember having Easter egg hunts and making Easter baskets and bonnets while I was at primary school. But we didn't get dressed up or have parades.
    Another thing we don't have this year is Ewan McGregor in bunny ears, sadly. However, I can easily imagine him with the ears as Catcher Block in Down With Love!

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    1. Oh, and I hope you've had a wonderful holiday!

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