Easter Memories

Isn’t this picture adorable? Can you guess which one I am? Clue: I’m not really paying attention. Ha! I’m the youngest, in the hat, staring at something to my left.

I love this picture of me and my siblings. It reminds me of a simpler time. Plus, it makes me curious. What is my brother mad about? Having to wear that bow tie? And what are my sisters thinking about? Looks like they’re staring in the opposite direction I am. Why?

This photo was taken in Los Angeles, outside the little 2 bedroom house we lived in. Gosh, that hat I’m wearing is cute.

There are many things I love about Easter. The tenderness of a Good Friday service, the joy of Easter morning, the fun of getting together with grandparents or cousins. We grew up attending a Baptist church and I can still hear everyone singing, “He arose! He arose! Hallelujah, Christ Arose!”

I love the family dinners and getting dressed up and yes–hunting for Easter eggs. When my son was young, we’d hide change in the plastic easter eggs. Mostly pennies, but sometimes a dime or quarter, and maybe one egg with a dollar in it. Those were the days! I loved creating an Easter basket filled with my son’s favorite things.

I think our memories make us who we are to some degree. They’re like a layer that sits inside our skin, pressed up against our heart. And hopefully there are enough of the good memories to help us look forward to each day, each holiday, ever Easter. After all, it is a time of renewal, rebirth, and resurrection.

What about you? What are your fondest Easter memories?


  1. Tammy+Layton on April 7, 2023 at 6:06 am

    My fondest memory would be when I was 12, my brothers were 10 and 13. We didn’t have much money but I wanted to make baskets for my brothers. We had these little bags that were called scrap bags. They were on the counter and you threw scraps in them and put into the garbage. I babysat for family, used the money to buy candy for myself and brothers. I used the scrap bags to put the candy in and then I hid them for the boys. It was perfect .

  2. Donna Woodruff Nading on April 7, 2023 at 6:32 am

    I remember the church service and wearing a new Dress, which was rare with six kids in the family. I remember one service when it thundered but came outside and it was snowing !

  3. Janet Estridge on April 7, 2023 at 6:40 am

    I remember my mother making matching dresses for
    my 3 sisters and herself.
    Each dress had polka dots in the colors of red, green,
    purple, and blue.
    I have a black and white picture of us that day and
    can still see the colors in my mind.

    • Pat Shrader on April 7, 2023 at 7:20 am

      Early morning Mass on the beach! 🌞

    • Marilyn+Messmann on April 7, 2023 at 9:26 am

      I have so many Easter memories, but some of the best were when I made dresses for my three girls, and myself. Sometimes they matched ,but most of the times the girls got dresses they wanted, but did not match their sisters. I remember my Mom made me dresses without a pattern, I never could do that.
      Then we always had an egg hunt, with real hardboiled eggs, and one time our dog would find the eggs and break them.
      We always had Easter Sunday church, and we went to the sunrise service, still do! We go to church every Sunday, not just E and C members. Look forward to other comments.
      Christ is risen!

  4. Glinda+Burchfield+Jaynes on April 7, 2023 at 6:42 am

    I don’t really have many memories of Easter growing up. But I so cherish my memories with my girls when they were growing up. Dressing them in dressy dresses, sometimes homemade. Making Easter baskets for them. Hiding eggs.

  5. Connie R. on April 7, 2023 at 7:11 am

    One of my fond memories of Easter is when we were able to go to my grandmother’s church and then attend an Easter buffet hosted by my aunt. We’d all be dressed in our finery, and I got to see cousins that we rarely visited.

  6. Amanda T on April 7, 2023 at 7:32 am

    I have great memories of getting a new dress and hat along with an Easter basket. Then celebrating Christ at church followed by a special family dinner.

  7. Jane Casey on April 7, 2023 at 7:36 am

    I remember my sister and I getting all dressed up with new pastel colored hats to match our new Easter dresses. Not sure how old we were, but we were young and happy-go-lucky. Nice memories. Happy Easter to you.

  8. Debbie Earls on April 7, 2023 at 7:48 am

    Attending church and celebrating with my family. It was fun to have Easter baskets and hunt Easter eggs, too. Happy Resurrection Day!

    • beth a scott on April 7, 2023 at 8:04 am

      I love that song! I remember singing it in the cherub choir (3-4 yrs old). We sang the verse nearly in a match, I think so we’d say the words clearer. Then we got to belt out the chorus before the youth, Jr. and Sr. choirs came in. At that time we held services in the basement of a house my parents and some other couples were able to purchase with a corner lot to build on.
      My sister and I always had a new good dress with new shoes, anklets, gloves and hat. Our Easter baskets were wrapped in colored cellophane and hidden.
      Thank you for making me think about that ❤️

  9. Lelia “Lucy” Reynolds on April 7, 2023 at 8:04 am

    So many memories of going to Sunrise service, church breakfast, and then church service. Mama making a wonderful dinner and hunting egggs. We didn’t have money for new shoes one year so my daddy who was a furniture finisher painted our shoes blue and surprised us. We thought we were rich. Later as they aged my husband and I would take them Easter baskets and I even got hubby to hop and sing Here Comes Peter Cottontail with me. They were thrilled. Have a Blessed Resurrection Day.

    • Kendra Muonio on April 7, 2023 at 9:39 am

      We never really didn’t anything big for Easter but I remember when I was younger I would get a new Easter outfit for church and we would get a Easter basket and dye eggs and hide eggs and find them. This year my sibblings just put candy in the plastic eggs and hide them.

  10. Jennifer Clark on April 7, 2023 at 8:20 am

    In my family, after the egg* hunt, all us cousins LOVED hiding the eggs for each other. We seemingly spent hours playing outside hiding and hunting the eggs. My brother and I were reminiscing about our self led egg hunts last night which always leads to one story. It must have been a wet Texas Easter because after our real egg hunt the cousin led egg hunt was in our house; specifically my brother’s room. I don’t remember how many days passed when the hunt was really on. A hard boiled egg, with a great hiding place, had been missed. It was later found behind his TV.

    Fast-forward several years to my military child daughter who has had most egg** hunts alone. She would still run out of the house like there were 5 other kids who were going to reach the eggs first.

    *We only hunted hardboiled eggs and candy marshmallow eggs individually wrapped.

    **She hunts plastic eggs.

  11. Liz Whelan on April 7, 2023 at 8:24 am

    I remember during Our Easter time in Brooklyn, NY, Sadly, we had a Snowstorm on Easter Sunday. My Mom had bought me a New Easter outfit & I wanted to wear it on Easter. My Mom said, you can’t wear it today because we had a Snowstorm. I was Definitely not happy, but insisted (at 5 yrs old) that I could still wear my Easter Clothes. I laugh every time I remember about that. LOL. HAPPY EASTER!!!

  12. Deborah+Hazelton on April 7, 2023 at 8:44 am

    My mom always made our dresses for Easter and we would go pick out a fancy hat to wear to church.
    After church we would spend the day at my grandparents house.
    Easter was the only time my dad would go to church with us.
    Happy Easter!

  13. Janie Fatet on April 7, 2023 at 9:09 am

    I remember that when we did the Easter egg hunt I always won the Bobby pprize the one with the least egggs..

  14. Nancy Bird on April 7, 2023 at 9:47 am

    I loved the new Easter dress, gloves, patent leather shoes, and the Easter baskets! Such simple times (miss them)!

  15. Gail+Hollingsworth on April 7, 2023 at 10:01 am

    Not fondest, but most memorable Easter was when my parents had separated. My mother’s mother had made us matching Easter dresses and my dad had bought me an Easter dress. I spent the majority of the day changing into one dress or the other. My parents eventually got back together and I still miss them even now as I think about that day.

  16. Debi Smith on April 7, 2023 at 10:02 am

    Waking up and having snow

  17. Linda Reville on April 7, 2023 at 10:03 am

    I remember Easter was a times to shop for new dresses. And of course, we had to have a hat. Easter was all about the new dresses and hats. Then we went to our local church for a special Easter message. Then home for the big finale – the famous Easter egg hunt, for eggs our mother hard boiled and we dyed.

  18. Pat Steria on April 7, 2023 at 10:29 am

    When 2 or 3 of us siblings got together and bought an Easter basket for our parents. I remember sneaking out of the barn while doing chores and putting it out for them to see when they got in the house from doing the morning milking. We pretended we knew nothing of how it got there.

  19. Sonja on April 7, 2023 at 10:41 am

    We were immigrants from Germany and had very little money. My mom would sew her and I a matching dress and she would buy me an Easter hat. I think that was the style back then. I don’t see many hats these days. We were the only ones of our family that came to America and so we would just have our little family together for Easter dinner. But it was the togetherness and love that I remember so well.

  20. Elaine Meyers on April 7, 2023 at 10:44 am

    Mom used to dress me and my sister in dresses that were identical except for the color, I was older so always got my favorite blue while my (only sister at that time) would get another pastel color. We had everything new down to our underwear for Easter Sunday! The congregation at church was always extra excited on Easter for the news that He had risen! Afternoons were spent at our grandparents house playing with cousins. Wonderful memories!

  21. Carolyn+Smith on April 7, 2023 at 10:48 am

    As a young child, I remember getting a new dress, hat, gloves and patent leather shoes every Easter. We always went to church and then had a delicious meal my mother had prepared in advance on Saturday. We had our little straw baskets, and we dyed eggs on Saturday and then hid them on Easter Sunday. Then remembering my teens and early 20’s I remember getting a new outfit with the matching hat, gloves and high heels. My father would read the scripture of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection every Easter morning. I miss those days.

  22. Shirley Chapel on April 7, 2023 at 10:59 am

    I do have fond Easter memories. I grew up in Canada and enjoyed Easter with my two older sisters and younger brother. I remember we always got a fancy foil cover Easter bunny. My older sister got an Easter chocolate cross. I can remember my little brother getting a big chocolate bunny. He played with it on our steps going upstairs . The bunny soon began to fall apart so mom had to take it away from him. I can remember our church used to decorate for special occasions and I can recall when they did a tomb and made it look as though there was grass and a garden around it. The tomb would be open on Easter Sunday. As a kid I thought it looked so realistic.

  23. Marilyn on April 7, 2023 at 2:08 pm

    My Easter memory is always eating my chocolate covered coconut creme eggs first . The Monday after Easter my mother would take my twin sister and a few of our friends to the movies. We would all take our favorite Easter candy to enjoy watching the movie.

  24. Joan on April 7, 2023 at 2:18 pm

    I remember one Easter my new outfit was on lay away in the store. We were waiting for my dad’s income tax check to pay the balance on the outfit. Unfortunately the check did not come until after Easter. The following Sunday it rained and I could not wear the outfit. We always had a nice dinner and candy in the baskets so it was a nice Easter any way.

  25. Dorothy Porter on April 7, 2023 at 2:29 pm

    I can remember my daughters first Easter. My Sister (that only had 2 boys) had bought my 2 girls dresses for Easter. The dresses had so much lace and ruffles you could barely tell there was a baby in the dresses. The dresses didn’t make it through Sunday School. I had pretty yellow outfits to put on them for back ups. My Sister always bought dresses or outfits with lace and ruffles until they got old enough to tell her no. Don’t get me wrong they were so cute but to fusses in the dresses. My youngest was 6 months old that Easter and my oldest one was 2 years old.

    I remember when the girls got old enough to start asking the real meaning of Easter. I tried explaining it all to them and then I done what I should have done in the first place. I got the Bible and read it to them. They were still a little young but we marked it in their Bibles and as they grown they understood it more.

    My daughters are 31 and 30 now and know what Easter means so they can teach their children (my grandbabies) the meaning.

  26. Jan on April 7, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    Memories, my plastic Easter eggs hidden at Grandma’s house had quarters in them! Sunday I’ll be hiding plastic Easter eggs for my kiddos, ages 20 and almost 25!!

  27. Celia+Harbin on April 7, 2023 at 2:56 pm

    My favorite Easter memories are of my Mother. I lived with an Aunt and Uncle in Alabama. My Mother lived in a neighboring state with her brother and his wife and they all worked but Mama would come when she could and she always came on Easter. She was my treasure and my six year old heart was filled with joy when she came. I could barely contain my excitement on Easter weekend. She usually brought me a pretty dress and one year she brought me a yellow dress with a yellow parasol to match!

  28. Susan Heim on April 7, 2023 at 4:56 pm

    My favorite Easter memories involve hiding foil-covered chocolate eggs throughout the house for the kids to find. Inevitably, we’d find one 6 months later in a spot we forgot to check!

  29. kim hansen on April 7, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    Either going to my grandparents or aunts house and hunting easter eggs.

  30. Susan Fletcher on April 7, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    Fondest Easter memory – I was about 10 years old and set out my Easter basket for the Easter Bunny to fill. (We used the same baskets each year.) As ususal, my 4 brothers and I got a bag full of candy. Candy was an extra special treat for us. We always got 1 gift with our goodies, and this particular year I got a softball glove since I was playing with our church team. I still have that softball glove, 50 years later. It is still is great shape!
    Susan in NC

  31. Faith Creech on April 7, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    My mom would always see us beautiful Easter dresses every Easter and my dad would take us shopping to buy new shoes and a purse to match. My dad was a pastor so Easter weekend was always busy. We had Mauday Thursday services, Good Friday services, and of course Easter Sunrise service followed by a breakfast and then church later on. My mom would always hide eggs for us when we were young and we always got Easter baskets. I remember there was a baker down the street who always made us the most beautiful chocolate Easter eggs which he decorated by hand.

  32. Erika Luther on April 7, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    What a cute picture! I remember my grandma (mom’s mother) making easter skirts for my cousins and me. Easter services at church are always a beautiful memory. My churches choir always does an excellent job.

  33. Marion on April 7, 2023 at 6:57 pm

    Easter always brought a new outfit and a basket of candy. We colored eggs and had a large dinner and then sandwiches and dessert at supper. My twin sister and I would go outside and just walk up and down the street with our friends. No playing that day.

  34. Stephanie H. on April 8, 2023 at 10:01 am

    I remember going to my grandfather’s house in the country and hunting for eggs on his farm. It’s one of my favorite Easter memories from my childhood!

  35. Bob on April 8, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    A great uncle who I obviously learned not to like would put dried cow patties in my Easter egg nest made of wildflowers picked at my grandparents farm.

  36. Clare O'Beara on April 8, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Easter was particularly fun when we were young enough to be told the Easter bunny brought the eggs. Our family and school did not do egg hunts at that time. More recently, we had a good holiday in Wales when it was Easter, and a castle we visited had arranged an egg hunt trail around the castle for kids. They had to find pictures of an egg decorated in sections, and each one they found had a coloured section. They had to use crayons at the scene to colour their plain picture to match the egg. To win, they had to get all the sections coloured correctly.

  37. Sarah Taylor on April 8, 2023 at 3:54 pm

    My childhood memory when I was a little girl going to church with My Mom and Dad dressed in my little dress with my Easter Hat on and then going to my great Aunts farm for a big Sunday Dinner! Have a Blessed Easter Vannetta

  38. Ellie on April 13, 2023 at 6:33 am

    My favorite Easter memories are around going to sunrise service and then to the church breakfast when I was growing up. 🙂

  39. Kristina M. Anderson on May 3, 2023 at 1:14 am

    My sister and I always got a new outfit for Easter. If my mother could find them, they would match (my sister and I are not twins). I looked forward to coming out on Easter morning to see what the Easter bunny left me. We got a basket when we were little, and we used that same one each year. We would get candy plus a stuffed toy. There would always be a big family dinner on Easter (ham, of course) with the grownups eating in the dining room and the kids in the kitchen. I carried on the same traditions with my daughter. Thank you for sharing you memories and the cute photo. I hope you have a Happy Easter!

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