If you’ve read any of my posts before you know that I’m a sentimental gal. I love to reminisce and I have a very soft spot in my heart for nostalgia. In fact, I have my very own board on Pinterest labeled “All Things Nostalgia.”
(Side note: Seeing the people repin that stuff usually lets me know how old they are!)
I miss the Easter Sunday from my childhood. I miss the super frilly dress that I would pick out for church that morning. I loved the dresses with the big petticoats sewn in and this one in particular had bells in it. I’m sure it was annoying when I walked by but I loved to jingle when I walked.
So 70s, weren’t we? And if the clothes didn’t give it away, the Dorothy Hamill wedge that my sister and I sported would. In fact, I think my brother might have had the same haircut.
But my favorite year was the year of the pink dress. I am so not a pink person but something must have appealed to me with that dress. It was many layers of sheer pink with ruffles all over. I even had a white straw hat with a pink ribbon around it and white patent leather shoes. I loved the dress so much I wore it for my 4th grade school picture (coincidentally, the exact same day I got braces – the first time).
The Easter Bunny would fill our baskets with jelly beans, marshmallow peeps, and always a hollow chocolate bunny for each of us. The Easter Bunny did finally figure out I wasn’t a fan of plain chocolate and so he started leaving me a white chocolate Easter bunny. After we had each opened our baskets covered in various colors of cellophane, we’d dig in. Soon after, my mother would remind me that the Easter Bunny had hidden small chocolate eggs all over the house.
It was our own indoor Easter egg hunt with tiny foil-covered eggs that could literally be hidden anywhere. There were many years when we’d be cleaning up or cleaning out and find a mysterious egg from years gone by. It was never eaten because we weren’t sure exactly WHAT year it was from.
We never had big Easter gifts or ridiculous amounts of candy. We had our traditions and that always included Easter egg dying and usually a ham dinner.
I’m not a churchgoer anymore. I don’t have fancy dresses or hats (although I did dress up for a Kentucky Derby party a few years ago and had such a good time). And I’m a mom. It’s important to me to create memories for my little guy.
I have the Easter basket. We’ve been to church a few times on Easter. Okay, maybe once. My tradition with him is that I like to buy him a movie and a stuffed animal from the movie. Suggestions for this year?
Beyond that, we’ll dye Easter eggs and probably have a ham dinner and definitely share in the Easter basket goodies.