Flashback Friday: Easter

Mocha With Linda has begun a new weekly meme called Flashback Friday. She’ll post a question every Thursday, and then Friday we can link our answers up on her site.

The flashback question this week is:

What was Easter like when you were little? For example, did you receive a basket with toys and candy? Was the Easter Bunny part of your family’s celebration? Did your family integrate both secular and spiritual aspects of the day? Did you dye Easter eggs. . . .and did your family eat them afterwards? Did you usually get a new outfit? (Post a picture if you have one!) Does any Easter stand out particularly? You might also share how your Easter today is similar or different to your childhood?

We did receive Easter baskets with candy, but no toys. We did dye eggs (and eat them!) and talk about the Easter Bunny. Mine was not a church-going family — I usually went with my grandfather and aunt — but we did usually get new clothes, and I have a vague memory of learning somewhere that new clothes represented or symbolized new life. I don’t have any particular outstanding Easter memories from childhood.

When my kids were little, I was much more wary of the secular side of things, so we didn’t do the Easter bunny or dye eggs or any of that. I kind of regret that now. Several years ago I decided there was really nothing wrong with Easter baskets, so I started putting those together — just small ones with a little candy, and when they were younger, a few small toys. I didn’t see a need to turn it into another Christmas. I did get them new clothes when they were younger, but they went through a phase where they didn’t really care about getting new clothes, so I stopped doing that unless they needed them. No one here likes hard-cooked eggs, so it didn’t make any sense to dye any, but one year Jim got little plastic eggs and put different amounts of money in them and hid them, and now that has unintentionally become a tradition.

But the main emphasis is still on Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Our church has a special Sunday morning service and a special cantata in the evening service.

I think this is the only Easter photo I have from when i was little: my brother and I in our new Easter clothes:


Our most memorable Easter in recent years was when Jason was in a Living Gallery production. It wasn’t Easter week but rather the week before, I think.

Another thing that has become a tradition is making Resurrection Rolls, which is basically bread dough wrapped around a marshmallow: the marshmallow melts into the bread, leaving it with a sweet taste and a hollow place which looks sort of like the empty tomb.

Resurrection Rolls

The recipe for that and some other Easter treats are here.

11 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Easter

  1. You and your brother looked so cute! Amoeba thinks that photo I posted of him and his siblings recently was probably an Easter photo.

    I like the idea of resurrection bread! What a great way to teach kids about the empty tomb!

  2. Cute picture! Maybe I’ll post one of my old ones sometime this week.

    We did Easter baskets with candy too, and maybe one dollar-store-equivalent toy. But the main point was Jesus’ death and resurrection.

    I learn about a lot of fun memes here!

  3. Thanks for the rolls idea! I love making homemade bread, and this will give a nice “twist” on Easter.

    I love the picture of you and your brother. Such innocent times.

    Great to have “met” you!

  4. I’d like to try the rolls this year…I’ve seen them in years past but have never made them.

    I love the old picture of you and your brother…I don’t have many pics of my childhood. They are still at my moms. I need to bring some home with me next time I’m there.

    Happy Easter!

  5. Aw, what a sweet picture!

    I’ve heard of resurrection cookies (hollow meringues that you leave in the oven all night) but I’ve never seen resurrection bread! That’s neat.

  6. We did Easter eggs and baskets with the kids, but I know what you mean about regret – I never once let my kids dress in a costume or go to the neighbors for candy on Halloween. I could have let them do that a time or two without being big Halloween celebrators! And I regret it.

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