April 24, 2011

Sharing Memories (Week 17 of 52): Easter

It's Week 17 of our Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey Follow along each Sunday as we write and share our memories of childhood. Your descendants will be thankful that you did! Write here as a comment, or on your own blog, or in a private journal, but please write!

How did you celebrate Easter as a child? How do you celebrate it now? Do you carry on traditions from your parents or grandparents? What is your favourite Easter memory?

We didn't make a big deal out of Easter. There was no Easter egg hunt, no pretty new outfit, no going to Church and no special Easter Dinner. We did find new underwear on the breakfast table every Easter, but that was it.

For my own children, I did the standard Easter egg hunts until the oldest was about 10. Then I started making up clues and hiding them. The first clue was always at their spot at the breakfast table. It might be something like "You need to be clean for this next clue" and clue #2 would be hidden at the bathroom sink or bathtub.

Each hidden clue led the child to another spot with another clue. Along the way, little chocolate eggs were hidden. The final clue (usually #10) led the child to his huge chocolate bunny or egg. It took my sons all morning usually to find all the clues and all the eggs, but what fun!

It took me hours to make up the clues and hide them all, plus hide the eggs. Every year some eggs would not be found and of course I'd forget where I hid them! Many years later when I sold that house, we found several of the 20 year old chocolate eggs hidden when we moved furniture out! Wow I was a good hider! They were tucked into little cracks and openings... hard to spot.

What is your Easter tradition?

1 comment:

ladysuz said...

I love your journaling ideas. I plan to start my own soon.

Like you I don't remember some of those things of my childhood, but I do have great memories of things I have done with my children. For us we would aleays hide eggs around the house and forget where we had hidden them, but eventually throughout the day they would be found.
I love to make and fill the baskets with not only candy but fun things for each of the kids hobbies or interests. Even though my childtren are 38, 32, 24 and 20, they get baskets along with the grandchildren. Just like Christmas stockings, they are a must.