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Easter Traditions


Easter was last Sunday. So I’m a little late to be right on schedule with a blog about Easter traditions.  But I wore a very cute hat to church today (in honor of William and Kate’s Royal Wedding) and got a number of compliments and comments about my Easter bonnet.

So it’s fair to say that Easter is still in the air!

Easter has always been an important holiday, and busy time for us. Especially since John is a pastor and so much of our family life is connected to church activities. John says Easter Sunday is The Superbowl of church services.

It’s probably been 25 years since we had a traditional ham dinner with extended family.  And I don’t think our kids have ever hunted for an Easter egg.

We always wanted them to think about Easter as the day we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and not all about candy and the Easter bunny. But at the same time, we didn’t want to be those sour faced, legalistic Christian parents who put so much emphasis on church and spiritual things that we missed out on making memories and having a bit of fun and silliness.

So even with the marathon busyness of back-to-back services on Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, we figured out how to give candy and bunnies the place they deserve in our Easter festivities.

(Please skip this paragraph if you’re squeamish or a vegetarian) Our “Easter bunny tradition” was that we bought fresh rabbit from the butcher, and ate some variation of what came to be known as barbecued bunny. (Dare I say it tastes a lot like chicken…?) We’ve tried lots of different recipes over the years: roast rabbit, bunny and dumplings, hare hash… Due to time constraints it was usually braised bunny – simmered in the crock pot with lots of spices and potatoes and, of course, carrots.

I don’t think our kids missed out on anything by not believing in an Easter Bunny who came and brought baskets of candy. They got a lot of laugh mileage with the off-beat humor and fun.

And we surely didn’t want them to feel cheated by missing out on getting sick from eating too much candy. So every Monday morning after Easter I gave them each a few dollars and took them to the grocery store where all the Easter candy was discounted. They were able to buy whole bags of whatever candy they liked best – and they learned a lesson in economics into the bargain!

Lots of church services…barbecued bunny and half price candy… hmmm…they may have grown up to be a little warped, but that’s for another blog.


Author: paladinipotpie

Welcome! My name is Andrena Paladini and this is a blog about family and love and faith and fun. I call it Paladini Potpie because a potpie is like an adventure in a crust. You never know what might come up, but it’s always going to be good! Think of the best potpie you’ve ever eaten…hot flaky crust holding a rich savory sauce and all kinds of pieces of meat and vegetables…and who knows what? As a family, we’ve chosen to live within the parameters of God’s love and protection. This is the crust of our Paladini Potpie. The crust never changes. Within this crust, the savory sauce of family love binds it all together. That is also fairly constant. But beyond the crust and the sauce we can add just about anything! Good ideas come our way and we’ve adopted and adapted them to add to what John calls our treasure box of memories. These stories and ideas from John’s treasure box of memories are the ingredients I’m putting into our Paladini Potpie. (Okay, so this ridiculous mixing of metaphors about treasure boxes and potpies is exactly what I’m talking about. Silly and ungrammatically correct. But both illustrations work… so we’ll mix them together and it’ll be just fine!) John and I have been married for 30 years. Our children have wonderfully doubled in number since David married Amanda, Monica married Dan, and Matthew married Sarah. And the newest little treats that have been added to our potpie are six adorable grandchildren - Ethan, Angelina, Nathan, Audrey, Maleia and Caleb! I hope you’ll subscribe to my Paladini Potpie blog, and keep up with all the fun new ingredients I add. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our stories and ideas, and find something you’ll want to put into your own potpie! Bon appétit!

7 thoughts on “Easter Traditions

  1. I seem to remember you all doing a special dinner for Passover?

  2. This is your warped daughter speaking: Thanks! we loved the traditions and we loved being different. I cant EVER remember thinking we were missing out on anything. 🙂 I will say, at this point, I don’t miss the bbq bunny. :p

  3. What great fodder for chilhood stories! I was teaching my Sunday school class on Easter Sunday and no kids believed me when I told them that my first egg hunt was the year I turned 20. Lol. I skipped the Easter bunny details

  4. Eating rabbit for Easter! And tossing in extra carrots for him? Haha I KNEW there was a reason I love you so much!

    Seriously, I agree that kids don’t suffer harm from missing out on the myths. My kids always knew Santa and the Easter bunny were just for fun, and we avoided Halloween altogether. But, we did the same thing as your family…scarfed up the half-price treats the day after the holiday!

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