Old family Easter photos stir up memories of when my family was one small unit. Our family began with Mom and Dad, my four brothers and me. Our extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins at that time was comprised of a variety of faiths and lived long distances away, so holidays were celebrated with only the seven of us.
Over the years our holidays were blessed with the addition of spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Our family expanded from seven to over forty people.
In time traditions changed as each sibling branched off with their own children and grandchildren, and we now live miles away from each other. And with the loss of Mom and Dad, who were our home base, we rarely gather together for holidays. But instead we are now creating new memories and traditions with our next generation.
My brothers and I still have good childhood memories which keep us bound together in spirit. Frederick Buechner, a writer and theologian wrote, “You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”
What childhood memories do you carry with you of your family at Easter? Grab a pen and paper or open up your laptop and begin Keeping Your Memories by answering the questions below for your children and grandchildren to read:
- What was your favorite Easter family tradition?
- Describe your childhood experiences with Easter baskets, Easter eggs and Easter egg hunts.
- Did you get special Easter outfits? Describe one of your favorite outfits and the shopping experience.
- Where were Easter dinners when you were growing up? Describe the food and activities.
- Which family members and/or friends did you gather with on Easter?