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.