How do YOU celebrate Easter? Do you go to your church’s sunrise service? Do you visit relatives and have a big holiday dinner together? Do you give or receive Easter baskets filled with treats? Or do you do nothing special at all?
In my family, each and every holiday was celebrated richly at my grandparents’ house. My grandmother, “Ba,” would cook and bake all the day before to produce a luscious dinner the next day. We all sat down in our Easter best, and enjoyed the meal. The best linen tablecloth was used, along with matching napkins (I remember hating to use them because I didn’t want to get them dirty!), and the “good” silver and china.
On Easter morning, I always woke up to a beautiful Easter basket, filled with jelly beans, chocolate and caramel eggs, a big chocolate bunny, and usually a little toy as well. Up until the time I was about 9 years old, I believed in the Easter Bunny with all my heart. As I drifted off to sleep the night before Easter, I imagined a tall white rabbit, walking on his hind legs, carrying lots of baskets of goodies, a happy rabbit-y smile on his face.
That night before Easter I happened to wake while my parents were still up, and noticed that my Easter basket was already on my night table! In that instant I knew that the real Easter Bunny was my parents. The pang of discovery didn’t last long; after all, I still had a full Easter basket to enjoy the next day. I never told my parents about my discovery because I didn’t want to stop getting an Easter basket.
These days the Crankee Yankee and I may give each other funny cards and some chocolate, or not. We always wake up and say “Happy Easter” to each other, then get up to feed the four cats who really don’t care if it’s a holiday or not–they just want their breakfast.
Today we will be enjoying ham, baked butternut squash, green beans in a lemon zest and butter sauce, plus apple crisp. Except for the ham, it’s all homemade, and yesterday we brought my Dad a serving of everything. Holidays have become a lighter affair these days; casual with less prep, but a more and deeper kind of love and affection. We are well aware that our lives have changed, but we celebrate still because there is so much to celebrate each day. Easter is just another reason to love each other and celebrate the fact that we are here on Earth with each other.
So wherever you are, whoever you are with, and however your life is, please have a wonderful Easter and know you are loved dearly and more than you know.