You all blessed me so much with the stories you left in the comments during the Saint Patrick's Day Giveaway, I wanted to do another one!
This Easter, I want to share with you my favorite tradition.
As a child we lived in Spain. I come from a Hispanic family and when we lived there we shared our tradition of Cascarones! (An egg shell filled with confetti) You smash these on eachother's head! What fun we had as kids doing this. Although it hurt when someone inevitably "mistakenly" hit you over the head with a hard-boiled egg!
In Mexico, they are popular during the time of Carnaval. But really, people may use them during any festive occasion. According to historians, cascarones originated in China. It is rumored that Marco Polo first brought them to Italy, and on to Spain, and they eventually made their way to the Americas.Tradition has it though, that cascarones are supposed to bring good luck to the person the egg hits. The best part of the cascarones is its religious meaning "because they are made from eggs, they symbolize rebirth and Jesus' resurrection."
Now a days, cascarones are relatively easy fond around Easter time. But when I was a kid, my mom saved them for months leading up to Easter. She would gently break just the top off each egg as to keep most of the shell in tact. My dad would bring the hole- punched dots home from the office in bags. (pre- commercial confetti). Then my brother and I would dye the egg shells, stuff them with our homemade confetti then with a concoction of homemade paste and crate paper, we would seal each egg carefully.
My parents always threw the biggest neighborhood parties,
so during church service the Easter bunny would hide the cascarones all around the yard.
When we got home, all the neighborhood kids would run around finding the cascarones and smashing them on unexpecting adults and eachother!
I think of the mess we made. But mom always seemed to have the yard spotless in the next couple of days. The older I get, the more i appreciate my mother's love for us.
In the spirit of Easter, I want to know how you celebrate with your families or if you have a special tradition that’s all your own! Did you wear a new dress to church? Does the Easter bunny footprints leading to your baskets? Do you hide your baskets and make the kids look for them? Do you have an egg toss? Make a certain recipe, or just enjoy the time with loved ones?
Comment below how you celebrate Easter and I will pick a winner on April 29, 2019.
*There is no answer better than another, it's a random drawing*
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4/17/2019 05:38:58 pm
First, Easter is my favorite holiday. In The South, our activities and Easter Sunday menus are the same. We would have already purchased a new frock with all the accessories with the menfolk doning their pastel button downs. Everyone would meet at Mama and Daddy’s house after church for lunch or brunch. The menu would have to include ham, deviled eggs, yeast rolls, green beans, potato salad, asparagus casserole and coconut cake. Pre-dyed eggs were hid in the yard for the younger kiddos. Getting a photo of everyone together was the goal of the day and made grandma happy!
4/17/2019 05:40:32 pm
Easter is a wonderful time for us- after services, our huge family comes for dinner. of course, there is an egg hunt and lots of picture taking. It was great to hear about your traditions, that was new to me, but I agree, the memories we have of the past are wonderful.
Diana Darlene Jennings
4/17/2019 05:44:16 pm
We all get a new Easter outfit for Church. I make my kids Easter baskets filled with candy and toys. Now that my children are grown, I do it for my grandchildren. Each child’s basket goes on the foot of their bed when they go to sleep the night before. We also dye boiled eggs and hide them after church. If you find the “GOLDEN” egg you win a special prize.
4/17/2019 05:45:03 pm
On Easter we go to a special service at our church. The afternoon is always filled with food, my husbands Tia makes the best tamales and this year is making special vegan ones for my daughter. That is probably the best and most cherised of my easter traditions is being with my in-laws. I had never really celebrated untill I got married and I got baptized into our church. I had never had an Easter dress or a basket either. For me besides being the glorious event of my saviour risen, it's a time to cherish those I love the most.
4/17/2019 05:51:41 pm
When I was growing up, we would all get dressed up in our new Easter clothes and go to church in the morning. My dad, who stayed home, would hide eggs....plastic and hard boiled. The plastic ones usually had change inside.
4/17/2019 05:57:34 pm
We celebrate by having a meal with the whole family. Mom cooks a huge spread and then we try so hard not to nap afterwards.
4/17/2019 06:00:34 pm
Omg! Victoria I almost cried you explained just how my Tia would save the eggs for Easter for my cousins and I. I remember her tapping the eggs and we had to eat scrambled eggs cause usually the yolk would pop when she would try and get it out of the hold on top. I don’t know why I didn’t remember this til now. I was going to talk about loving to dress up and hunt for eggs with my cousins. But that memory of my Tia is the best thank you!
4/17/2019 06:01:46 pm
Well, lots has changed over the passed few years.... we have generally always celebrated together as a family (mom, dad and my 2 brothers). 2014 would be the last Easter we celebrated that way. A little carne azada, some Tejano music playing and an Egg Hunt, of course. Even as adults my brothers and I were still hunting for eggs! My dad passed away that year, Easter has been soooo different, as all holidays have been, ever since-although every year is different now, we still try to spend it as a family. Our families have grown since then as we all have kids now 💕 We are all busy with careers and just life in general but we figure out ways to make it work.
4/17/2019 06:06:12 pm
My kids and I celebrate Easter in my grandmothers memory. Easter is a brilliant display of colored and great polish food. We spend the night dying eggs and ourselves. Lots of laughs . In the morning my kids (25 and 15), look for eggs which they never eat. And we enjoy our day together. The eggs they find are always turned into colorful deviled eggs.
4/17/2019 06:11:17 pm
We celebrate by going to church. We attend the first service together then go off to serve the second service. After that we have an egg hunt and then dinner with my father in law.
4/17/2019 06:19:33 pm
We celebrate with a traditional egg hunt & dyeing eggs, but we also do one special egg hunt with resurrection eggs. Inside each egg is an object that helps tell the biblical story of Easter. We also make “resurrection rolls”, in which each part of the recipe has a biblical representation. They are also a yummy dessert!
4/17/2019 06:23:43 pm
As a child, we ( my two sisters and I) always got a new (sewn by my Mom or Grandma) dress and new shoes and my brother would get new clothes too. We also took a family picture after church and our baskets were hidden in interesting places around the house. Mine was in the dryer once, LOL. A big feast of ham, potato salad, green beans, etc and a lamb cake!! We would hunt eggs outside, weather permitting or inside if not.
4/17/2019 06:39:33 pm
4/17/2019 06:49:03 pm
When I was little, we got a new dress and new "fancy" shoes for Easter. Sometimes I would get a new little purse to carry with my new outfit. Easter morning would start with an easter egg hunt. As I got older, our family tradition was to have an Easter picnic in the afternoon with friends. We didn't live near any of our relatives so we had family friends who became our extended family for the holidays.
4/17/2019 06:52:32 pm
My daughter is discovering the joys of egg hunts. My family always used to wake up early when I was little and see if we had an Easter basket. My sister and I always had baskets curated with special things just for us. To this day, I am still amazed at how much love and care my Mother showed as she always found what we would love, more than we deserved, and still always made it equal between two sisters.
4/17/2019 07:12:44 pm
I always hide Easter baskets for the kids, they get some candy and a special prize, since we home school, it usually is something for an upcoming field trip. Love your story, we found the cascarones about 2 years ago...such fun!! Thank you for sharing!!!
4/17/2019 07:43:56 pm
When I was a kid I always had a new dress for Easter for whatever I did like church, family dinner or for setting up a booth with my parents in a ghost town nearby. Now I color eggs and hide them for the grandkids and have the Easter baskets for them for after they find the eggs. Oh and best part is making deviled eggs with alot of the eggs. Love your story though..
4/17/2019 07:50:24 pm
My family will go to mass then have an early dinner since I have to work. No Easter baskets anymore since my kids are grown. The dog will get the Easter ham bone when we are done with it.
4/17/2019 08:28:05 pm
I absolutely love your story!!!
4/18/2019 12:06:00 am
When my cousins were little, Easter was full blown! Church in the morning with an egg hunt, then off to grans for lunch. I prepared the dyes for the eggs, huge Easter baskets for them and enlisted the big kids to hide over 80 eggs for the second hunt. Thr first few years we hid real eggs, and lost a few. My aunt found them later when they began to rot. After that, real eggs were only for dyeing. Plastic eggs were used for the hunt.
4/18/2019 06:14:33 am
We eat a lot of food- Oh my goodness the food! My Husband's family is from Poland so we have a full polish Easter Dinner with them. Don't ask me the names of the foods... After over 15-years I can say them... but no way am I trying to spell them. We have a ham dinner with my family. We hide the baskets for the kiddos- but we try to make it harder to fine each year.
4/18/2019 06:30:38 am
We use to spend Holy Week in Mexico by the Gulf of Mexico, and eat seafood, play at the beach surrounded by family. Although it's not a current tradition it's a fond one.
4/18/2019 08:57:43 am
Easter dinner is ham, everyone brings something, kids have Easter baskets, and lots of family.
4/18/2019 11:03:17 am
we celebrate easter by decorating paper mache eggs on good Friday then on sunday having an Easter egg hunt with the wee ones then taking them to do some egg rolling down a field. whoever's egg gets to the bottom first is declared winner and gets a prize
4/18/2019 01:27:53 pm
Growing up we would all gather at Grandma and Grandpa's house for a HUGE family gathering. Mom was 1 of 7 and most people had 2+ kids. So many people, but such happiness and laughing and fond memories!!
4/19/2019 07:21:43 am
This is a great time to say Thank YOU for all the awesome printables you share with us. Thanks for a great giveaway, and have a wonderful Easter weekend. He is RISEN!
4/19/2019 08:56:29 am
When I was a little girl, I didn't necessarily get a new dress for Easter, but we did dress up to go to church. My least favorite memory is when the Easter bunny hid our baskets outside and the dog ate my Peeps. :( One year, the Easter bunny put kites in our baskets and we started flying them before church. My dad anchored them with horseshoes and they were still flying when we got home. That was the best! Now it's a tradition that we have ham and a chocolate dessert my mom always called "Better Than Robert Redford." :) I hope everyone has a blessed and Happy Easter!
Laurie aka Annie Belle
4/19/2019 08:59:28 am
Our Easter Tradition is going to Sunrise Service, which our daughter has continued with our granddaughters.
4/19/2019 04:49:54 pm
As a child my birthday was always around Easter or on Easter so my birthday was full of bunnies and eggs hunt then a fondue meal if I was with my grandparents if I was with my mom she made ham with mashed potatoes with carrots mashed into the potatoes it was my favorite way to have potatoes. (Still is!)
4/20/2019 05:44:00 am
My family gets together for a picnic every year. My aunt was born and raised in Hawaii so our picnic has a Filipino/Hawaiian vibe complete with Filipino/Hawaiian cuisine, dancing and music.The picnic has grown each year to where the last Easter picnic there were about 75 -100 family and friends. This year will be a little sad for us as we lost my aunt to cancer in December. My uncle and cousins decided to keep the picnic going in memory of my aunt.
4/20/2019 05:09:56 pm
I love Easter, mostly because if it's religious significance in my life and the lives of so many people, but also because of the colors. I love spending time with family and church members and seeing how Easter and or Spring brings about all of the colors and beauty within people. I always cook a soul food style dinner for my family after church, but this year we are doing all seafood.
4/20/2019 05:14:30 pm
I enjoy sending Easter with family making Eggs and planning
4/21/2019 10:12:14 am
We don’t really celebrate Easter. Our family is far away and we don’t have kids. I’m making strawberry crepes for me and my husband. We’ll probably just hang around the house and binge watch something.
4/21/2019 03:55:45 pm
We celebrate Easter by sleeping in late, eating a good breakfast and then eating candy and being with each other. It's the best part of Easter.
4/21/2019 05:54:08 pm
We attend the Prince of Peace Easter Pageant in the Holy City of the Wichita Mountains. This year was it's 94th year. It is the longest Easter Pageant in North America.
4/23/2019 05:38:03 am
Easter is an amazing time for Resurrection Celebration - attending church is the first priority of our day - we have a fabulous Pastor who preaches from the Bible [so Bible open on your lap] as you following along - Because HE [Jesus] lives I shall also live because I believe in the Gospel] -we take of communion every Sunday to celebrate Jesus has done and instructed us to do as we partake of the holy sacraments. The family gathers at our home for a traditional Easter Meal with fun and celebration of "Look what the Lord has done." And the inside the house Easter Egg tradition begins [the plastic eggs filled with money and candy] - and each person receives a handmade Easter card [some are light up cards] - treats, and money in their Easter basked. It is one of the Most Wonderful Times of the Year. God Bless. Happy Resurrection Sunday!
4/24/2019 01:33:45 pm
Easter was once a happy holiday to celebrate. We would always travel to my grandmothers to celebrate with the entire family. I am the oldest of 11 grandkids and since I was 5 we have all gotten together to eat, egg hunt and just visit. My grandmother passed away this past November so I couldnt celebrate like we did without crying at the thought. Were not a very religious family but we still celebrate the holiday. Hopefully future Easter's can start to be celebrated like we used to.
4/26/2019 01:54:54 pm
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4/24/2019 02:09:12 pm
Normally on Easter our tradition is to attend early bird service at church, go out for breakfast,come home to open Easter baskets and then celebrate with family with dinner and an Easter egg hunt.
4/24/2019 02:54:48 pm
We Celebrate the whole week with Hand making Resurrection Gardens ( me and my 4 kids) and going through the Resurrection Scripture eggs we made , and Our Handmade Resurrection Tree .
4/24/2019 05:05:26 pm
I still make an Easter basket for my daughter even though she’s now 26. This year I made one for her fiancé too. We all had a wonderful brunch together and even did an egg hunt.
4/24/2019 06:37:09 pm
We celebrate at church then with family dinner at my aunt's with all the fixings.. Turkey, ham macaroni and cheese.. roasted Brussels sprouts rice and corn.. just a yummy southern dinner. My husband military so we had to leave early to get him back.. Family and friends means everything to us.
4/24/2019 08:07:22 pm
We celebrate Easter starting no with Church and communion. This year we went to the park as a church and ate lunch, fellowships with one another and let the kids hunt eggs and play. It was a grand day!!!
4/25/2019 04:51:58 am
We love going to church in the morning and heading to breakfast right after. We always go visit my grandma at some point of the day because we brightens our day! And my bday falls around the same time, so sometimes we celebrate my bday during dinner! We did that this year; it was great!
4/26/2019 09:20:53 am
We celebrate by being thankful for the lenton season, going to mass where we are all involved in a church ministry. Family gathering for a cookout and just enjoying the laughter and joy of family. Our kids are grown(pre-adults, 18-25). Family fellowship of past and present, it in the end giving thanks for the human sacrifice of our Lord and savior.
4/26/2019 01:20:20 pm
I celebrate Easter by spending time with my family. We color eggs, have the kids look for their Easter baskets, do an Easter egg hunt and have a ham dinner. We remember what the day is all about, Jesus rising from the grave after dying to save us all. He is risen! He is risen indeed!
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