Yesterday was Easter and I kept my Sunday traditions: I did the laundry and vacuumed cat hair off the furniture. Late afternoon was spent with my accountant, pouring over my tax return.
Easter is the holiday that holds the fewest childhood memories for me. I'm not a foodie, so the day isn't associated with eating, other than the smell of vinegar used to dye Easter eggs, and being forced to comsume those eggs in the days after. Blech! Our family must have had Easter dinner but I have no recollection of the menu. Ham? My mother wasn't a gourmand by any stretch of the imagination, but she liked to bake so there were hot cross buns, which I don't see much anymore.
My mother would reprise the previous years' Easter baskets and "grass" and fill them with a few candy eggs and a hollow chocolate bunny. Post holiday, she packed the baskets away for the following year.
One of my favorite Easter gifts was a stuffed bunny with a squeaker in its tail. It was lime green with white markings. Metal strips in its ears allowed me to bend them to reflect changes in bunny-tude. Ears up: eagerness or surprise. One up, one down: jaunty, devil-may-care. Ears down: shy or clandestine.
My mother took my sister and me to Easter services at our church. My dad stayed at home to read the newspaper. He was a lapsed Catholic who had had a difficult time of it. He figured if the hand of God had been guiding his life, he might have a better chance on his own.
Most years I got a new Easter dress, which was always a starched, chiffon-y or taffeta-y confection in pastel shades of green, lavender or yellow with a full shirt and layers of crinolines underneath that made me look as if I were in the World Cup Square Dancing competition.
A pair of stiff patent-leather Mary Janes completed the getup. My mother wore a hat and gloves with shoes that matched her purse. As we grew older, she sometimes bought us Easter corsages.
One of my Easter dresses. That's my sister on the right, wearing her big-girl corsage.
So, what were (are) your Easter or Passover traditions?