Thursday, March 24, 2016

Easter Traditions

On facebook, my friend Darlene Glick posted some sweet Easter memories from her growing-up-years and invited others to do the same in her comment section. I responded that I’d have to write a blog posting because of so many different and fun memories. So here we go... 

Typical Easter preparations, excluding egg-coloring (which was a job done on the night before Easter, with Mother using food coloring in our Boontonware teacups). 

Mother made sure there were new hats and dresses for my sister and me, new shoes and socks...and new white gloves. She also made sure we both had fresh curls in our hair, which she usually gave us by way of smelly perms on the Saturday afternoon before we colored eggs in the evening.

I remember going to Sunrise Services in our pajamas, all bundled up in blankets...and it would always be dark when we arrived. Daddy and Mother would let us sit in the back of the station wagon, with the door open...or in the trunk, where we’d listen to the music and the devotional while watching the sunrise on Easter Sunday morning.

When I became a mother, I loved getting Easter baskets ready for Hannah Beth and her daddy. And as she got older, we began a tradition that was a bit unusual. It all came about by accident, when I waited until 9:00 on the eve of Easter to begin making her dress for church the next day. For many years, that’s the way we did it. Hannah would pick out the fabric she wanted and I’d wait until the night before and stay up sewing till it was done. How did I fit it to her? She’d be sound asleep and I’d pull the cover back, lay the dress or skirt over her to mark where the hem should be...then finish the outfit and hang it in her room to surprise her on Easter morning! It was a fun tradition. I kind of miss it...

Now she’s going to be a mother in late August and will be starting fun traditions over the years to come! She’s so creative, I can’t wait to see what she’ll do!

But the most important tradition of that I learned as a child and taught to to rejoice on Easter morning for the Father who sent the Son who went to a cross and laid in a tomb and then on the third day, arose! He said He would, and He did! Hallelujah!!!

If you have a pulse, you have a purpose. Make your life count!

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