Remembering traditional Easter Sunday


MISSOURI, April 20, 2014 — Easter in the 30’s and 40’s was a time of great celebration. Families dressed up in their finest to go to church to celebrate the Christian tradition of the resurrection of Christ.

Churches held Easter egg hunts on the grounds, followed by the families getting together for a lavish meal. Afterwards, there was often another egg hunt at home.

Easter was about family and community, not about major gifts. Many families were struggling to put food on the table, so fancy clothes or expensive gifts simply were not a priority.

Chickens were plentiful, so having enough eggs for Easter was no problem. Coloring of eggs was a family affair. Everyone gathered around the kitchen table and colored eggs. Artistic pride was at stake. Family members carefully thought out the color they would select for their eggs and then add designs. Color of the eggs was a thought process followed by what type of design-if any.

The dinners included large and extended families, and generally included ham. Side dishes were plentiful and often extravagant. Families raided cellars and opened mason jars to create the feast. Remember the wonderful home-made jellies that were additionally sealed with a wax coating on the top?  

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After dinner there were many activities such as horseshoes and target practice. For target practice, families hung a square piece of iron on a tree with the hole in the middle representing the bull’s eye. The piece of iron was painted with axle grease to help determine where the bullets hit the iron if it missed the bull’s eye. If you missed the whole target, you were in for some serious ribbing.

Above all, Easter was honored as the Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Christ. Let’s remember to celebrate this holiday first from a religious perspective followed by a day of family and friends getting together and experiencing love and friendship, which are one of the building blocks in building a religious foundation, especially for the younger generation.  

However, that’s from a time and place I am from-

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Charles Vandegriff, Sr.
Charles spent a fifty-four-year career in technology, retiring at the director level from three major corporations. Followed by three-plus years as a freelance columnist, he has published three books, made over three hundred speeches to senior organizations, and been involved in numerous radio interviews and one television commercial. He has been married for sixty-five years, and has four children, seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grand children. Charles is also a Navy veteran.
  • Pleased to meet you Charles.

    Every Easter our family comes together at my sisters house to participate in a gathering that epitomizes and exemplifies re-birth, regeneration, blossoming and Resurrection.

    We are a close family all living in Hawaii who talk regularly but usually haven’t seen each other since Christmas.

    Sadly, this will be the first Easter my sister has not hosted since she married and bought a home.

    Her husbands Granma passed away a couple weeks ago and shes pretty overwhelmed as it is with the fallout from seeing to that a very large Chinese family is given the most attention and peace of mind they need right now.

    I saw your post and decided to visit for two reasons.


    To ward off all the Atheists and the “Fire and Brimstone religious zealots who thought might be here and are on the other blogs here at Communities doing their best to ruin our holiday by claiming God doesn’t exist or insist on calling Easter a Pagan holiday that feeds only Capitalism and dentists and lies.


    To tell everyone why my family and others celebrate Easter in the fashion we Americans hold.

    Both the Atheists and radical autocratic “missionary position only” Christians just don’t get it.

    They miss the point.

    Christmas and Easter are celebrated across the world in many fashions and traditions that would qualify 99% of them to be classified as “Pagan”

    The point they miss is that regardless of the questionable dates and embellishments such as baby chicks, bunnies, Easter Bunnies and Baskets with toys and all the things that no doubt are more European in origin than Jewish or Christians as they were 2014 years ago…

    Its the gathering, the colors signifying life, the freshness … Easter with its colors and context of rebirth being held at the gate of Spring envelopes and epitomizes what the Resurrection symbolizes.A departure from the cold and the dark, the still lifeless void into a world of forgiveness to the point of infant like innocence.
    Calling todays traditional celebrations of Christmas and Easter “pagan” is about useless as it gets and if I’m a day off or a lamb short I’m sure my kids and myself will be able to get the point and not end up in hell for eating Peeps with Dom Perignon.
    Or telling some strange kid I’ve never seen before “look ! There goes the Easter Bunny” !
    so’s I can drop a few eggs around him without him noticing.