As a kid, Easter was always a fun time in my family. Even though I'm an only child, my mother had seven brothers and sisters that all had kids. That gives me lots of cousins. Being a close family that still all live fairly close to one another, we always gathered together on Easter to have lunch and a big Easter Hunt.
Easter was when we got the frilly lace dresses, white socks with lace, gloves and white patent shoes. It was a time to enjoy being a girl. Don't forget the wicker or straw woven Easter basket. We never had plastic buckets in those days.
I remember aunts buying the hollow chocolate bunnies to give as prizes to the child who found the most or found a specially marked egg. Over the years that seemed to fade away for some reason.
Back then we also had a lot of hard-boiled eggs that were decorated with the Paas Egg-coloring kits. Remember the little copper colored wire egg holder to dip them in and out of the hot colored vinegar solution? That's a smell you don't ever forget.
Remember what happens when you try to mix too many cool colors together? You get brown. No one wanted ugly brown eggs. In those days, we didn't have swirly stuff, or shrink wraps or stickers for eggs. We simply colored them. I don't even remember having the plastic eggs when we were little. Were they maybe invented in the 70s? I'm showing my age, I know.
Remember the large sugar eggs that had an opening on one side and there was a scene inside? Those were cool. I discovered they still make those. See below.
Today's kids have a variety of egg-coloring and egg-decorating options. There are all types of kits catering to all types of cartoon characters, action heroes, and more. You can even find camo eggs and sports balls shaped like eggs.
Kids nowadays have huge pre-made Easter baskets filled with candy, coloring books, toys, etc. They have plastic buckets in every shape and size. Artificial grass of all colors. i think our grass was only green.
The plastic eggs have evolved as well. This year I found some Easter eggs that are called "Hard to Find" Easter eggs. They are textured and are colored to resemble tree bark, grass, pebbles and concrete. They are even pre-filled with candy. Pretty handy, huh? I found them at Target. They even had Easter eggs that looked like ladybugs.
Today's kids also have a larger selection of candy eggs. We had chocolate eggs, those gawd-awful marshmallow peeps, and the extreme candy coated sugar eggs. They were the sweetest thing I think I've ever eaten. In our day, the peeps only came in yellow and they only peeped their ugly little heads out at Easter. Somehow they've discovered how to infiltrate every holiday with them.
Today, virtually every type of candy makes their own version of an Easter egg. I love the Easter egg shaped Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Snickers, Butterfinger, Dove, Hersheys, they all make them. The store aisles are filled with Easter eggs that you're bound to find something you like.
Hiding the Eggs for the Easter Hunt
As we got older, we got to be the ones to hide the Easter eggs for the Easter Hunt. That really is more fun than trying to find them. We put them in the ends of water hoses, under bricks (watch for fire ants!), in the ends of the clothesline poles (yes, my family still has those), and in sticker bushes.
It seems the kids always get restless waiting on us and we end up throwing the last ones letting them land wherever they may. Yes, we've stepped on our share.
I remember the year we had Easter at my house. I live on 27 acres so we had plenty of room for everyone to park and plenty of space to hide eggs. That was, until the hail and rain came. Suddenly, I had over 60 people inside my home and the kids are ready to hunt eggs. I was still finding eggs months later.
Whether you're hiding or hunting the Easter eggs this year, dress up in your finest, grab your Easter basket and camera and have fun. Easter hunts can bring out the kid in anyone. Some of my fondest memories of my grandparents was when they participated in our hunts.
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