Easter never had big fanfare for me growing up. I mean, there was religious significance and I always really enjoyed all of the extra required mass attendance (I really liked mass) and I especially loved the midnight Easter service where I would watch my RCIA-Volunteer Grandmother sponsor new members of the church for their Sacraments. But there wasn’t always a purchase of an Easter Dress like some of my friends had. As I got older and there were always other things going on – like dances or ceremonies – I would score a new Spring dress. But I never got the token, “This is my Easter Dress” like a lot of my friends got.
We didn’t do egg hunts really, or big Easter dinners. There weren’t big family gatherings or attempts at family photos with everyone in their best Easter clothes. Easter may have been one of those random days my Dad would cook a pot roast (he did that a few times a year) but I don’t really remember much. And there may have been more celebrations when my in-town Grandparents were alive, but not that I recall at all.
Dad did baskets, but I don’t think there was much thought put into them. I know there were hard-boiled eggs and I think he would put random candies in them. Sometimes things like hair ribbons and pens were in them, if my memory serves me correctly. But I feel like if that was a regular thing I would remember it and tried to have milked it more, BECAUSE I LOVED A GOOD EXCUSE TO REQUEST A SPECIFIC GIFT.
My kids get a few candies and then a few other items. I usually spend around $20 a basket. When they were little, I did seasonal stuff like flip-flops and bathing suits and goggles but now they wouldn’t wear anything I bought them and THAT STUFF IS NO LONGER LESS THAN $20. I still only do a little bit of candy and usually some sort of non-sweet snack that they love but I don’t usually keep stocked because they eat it too fast.
LIKE TAKIS. Oh my God, TAKIS are all the rage at my kid’s schools. Your popularity immediately ups a notch if you bring TAKIS at lunch. I AM NOT EVEN JOKING.
It’s just interesting – the range of what Easter is in different families. I feel like everyone who celebrates Christmas does the same basic stuff: Tree, Gifts, Stockings, Dinner. But for those who celebrate Easter there’s quite a range including what goes in baskets. I remember one year seeing a family member put a BIKE in front of their kid’s basket.
Where did you fall in the celebration spectrum growing up? Where do you fall now?