Easter, like other holidays, has it traditions and memories. I was confirmed into the Congregational Church body and understood the significance of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter morning. My sisters and I also enjoyed the fun of Easter outfits, baskets of candy and the Easter bunny.
We were a rural family with limited discretionary funds so we made our baskets out of old shoe boxes. My mother made this an anticipated activity by letting us design and create our own masterpieces with construction paper, crayons and the yearly recycled plastic grass. We colored two dozen eggs to put in our baskets then hid them for the Easter bunny to find and re-hide.
By Good Friday we had been to Copps in Oshkosh, or downtown Portage, to purchase our Easter outfits. My most memorable outfit is a sky blue pant suit that had a white stripped lapel and button front with yellow smiley faces for buttons. (Who can date this outfit?)
Early Sunday morning we attended Sunday school and church then home to hunt our baskets. Our baskets appeared to overflow with candy, socks, underpants (practical gifts of necessities) and small items such as a kite or small game, books, pencils or stationary.
D and I incorporated most of these traditions and even with our son away at college I put together an Easter basket and sent it to him in time for Easter Sunday. We will observe the holy days remembering what Christ suffered and rejoicing on Easter morning for what the resurrection means for us. I pray your life is full of joy and peace by knowing the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.
What is your favorite Easter tradition or memory?