On Baskets

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?

5 thoughts on “On Baskets”

  1. We always got Easter baskets, and we would usually drive down to DC to go to a church that my mom liked. It was pretty much the only time the whole family went to church.

    I do an Easter basket for my son with candy and a chocolate bunny. And I got him this little stuffed Fortnite llama that I think he’ll be excited about. He doesn’t actually play Fortnite, but somehow knows all about all of the accessories.

  2. My recollection from childhood is all about the CANDY! I loved easter candy, and that was all that was in my baskets…never other types of gifts…and that was FINE with me. My Mom also made sort of a big deal out of the dying of easter eggs…and I absolutely LOVED the creativity involved there…the color blending, writing on them with crayon first (and that part didn’t get dyed), doing different techniques to get different results (like rolling the egg in oil first.) And I know sometimes we had a “dinner”, because one time driving to my Aunt’s house I threw up in the car…too much easter candy, I guess, lol. I had to dump my candy out of my basket onto the floor of the car, and throw up into the basket. It was horrible. Lol. (Didn’t stop me from eating buncha candy the next year, though! Ha.)

    For my own kids (now 23 and 14) I did easter baskets. Some candy, but also other gifts…like you mention…seasonal stuff for outdoor play. I remember the first Christmas/Easter my daughter was old enough to really understand what was going on…I guess I made too big a deal about the “Easter Bunny”, because she thought it was going to be like Christmas morning/Santa all over again…I will never forget the hilariously heartbreaking look of disappointment on her face when she just saw that medium sized basket with some candy and a couple little Polly Pockets. Hahaha! POOR THING! She almost burst into tears!

    Sadly, neither of my kids ever really got too into dying the eggs. That was so hard for me. I would just do it by myself, because I STILL love it and wish I could borrow some little kids so I could do it again today! Haha.

    These days, with them both past “little kid” age…I’m all, “Oh, is it Easter this weekend?” I guess that is kind of sad.

  3. Growing up we dyed eggs, got a new outfit, had an egg hunt and on Easter morning, my brother and I would dash through the house looking for our hidden baskets which were filled primarily with candy.

    My kids never got into dying eggs. They always got a new outfit for Easter Sunday and we always had photos Easter morning. We always went to an egg hunt when they were little. When they got too big for church egg hunts, we had our own in our back yard. I filled about 100 eggs with candy, cash and prize tickets for various goodies depending on what they were into that year. I’m pretty sure my 20 year old would still participate in the egg hunts today, if I still did them.

    The three of them are in college now, and I send them an Easter box with a bag of their favorite candy, cash and maybe a gift card or two. This Sunday will be the first year that none of my kids will be home for Easter ?

  4. We were a Church family growing up – so we each got a chocolate bunny, and there were jelly beans (because Dad liked them) We didn’t get a whole basket. We colored eggs. I remember some years where there was a special Easter outfit, but others where I had a new nice outfit to wear to several other events during the season. Mostly it was church, Thursday (including a lock-in with the youth group) Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

  5. Growing up our easter baskets were full of All The Chocolate – my mom restricted sweets a lot, so this was a big deal (and lead to a memorable easter night when I ate my entire basket of chocolate and then threw up). Maybe there was a small toy or a CD or something. I did something similar with my kids through last year. This year they are both in middle school, we are atheists, and there’s nothing they really want that isn’t super expensive, so without really talking about it, I just…didn’t do easter baskets. And no one cared.

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