Reminiscing on Easter Traditions

by Melanie Edwards on April 5, 2012 · 2 comments

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Hershey's Easter Basket for Hershey's Bunny Trail

Easter has never been a huge holiday in my family – certainly not as big as Navidad (Christmas). But I do have many memories of attending mass on Easter Sunday, dressing up, and spending the remainder of the day together as a family. Sometimes we got together with extended family for an Easter meal, and sometimes we spent the rest of our Easter Sunday at home. Either way, I do remember each year going shopping with mami to buy my Easter dress for that year’s holiday and attending mass.

I also remember the Easter story that was always performed during mass. This was actually one of my favorite parts – to see some of the people in our church community acting out the various roles from the Bible and bringing the story of Easter to life.

Over the years, our Easter traditions have changed. Our  involvement with church lessened, even before I got married. As I got older, it  no longer seemed as important to find a new Easter dress. As my brothers got older, married, and our household became smaller, things evolved.

Now that I’m married and with my own children, we haven’t really picked up the traditions either. Or, rather, how we celebrate Easter has changed. Sadly, I admit that we haven’t attended mass on Easter Sunday in many years. I don’t really buy my daughter a fancy Easter dress each year and we barely take pictures with the Easter bunny. I feel like a bad mom when it comes to Easter.

However, we do have an Easter egg hunt, whether at our own house or a local public hunt (sometimes both). We also put together our own Easter baskets and give the kids a personalized basket each and every year. I wish I had taken the time to make this DIY Easter basket, though, but perhaps next year!

In the end, I wonder how much of this is truly important. What will my children remember about Easter? Will they talk about what was missing or focus on the fact that we spent Easter together as a family? Will they remember their Easter baskets and yearly Easter egg hunts?  I hope they remember the positive and appreciate what we did together as a family. I think this is far more important than a bad picture with the mall’s Easter bunny.

How does your family celebrate Easter?

Many thanks to the Hershey’s team for inspiring this post and helping me reminisce on the Easter traditions of our family. Thanks also for the lovely Easter basket sent our way! Check out more Easter memories and tips from other bloggers on the Hershey’s Bunny Trail.

No compensation received for this post. As always, all stories and opinions are my own.

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1 Michelle Roper April 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

You and I had similar childhood experiences. I remember the dress, hat and gloves!  I was never like that with my daughter…I kind of wish I was. 
For us, we attend church and have a nice meal or get together with the rest of the family.  
Just the other day, my husband and I talked about making traditions in our home.  I think it’s important.

2 modernmami April 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm

You know? We never did the hat and gloves! Do you think your daughter wishes you had done so too? Or is it just you that feels that way?

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