“‘Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees filled all the air with fragrance and with joy.”

Happy Easter! Today is beautiful with sun and the deepest blue sky. It is a bit chilly. I was delighted to see so many flowers have bloomed. Today it is the biggest grape hyacinth.

I remember waking up on Easter morning when I was a kid and seeing my basket filled with goodies protected by a giant chocolate rabbit taller than the rest. I always reached for that rabbit. His ears were the first to go, easy pickings. I’d munch on them while I checked out the rest of my basket.

We all wore our Easter clothes to church, the first official unveiling of our new outfits. Everyone was fancy at Easter Sunday mass. The women’s hats had veils, flowers and even birds with feathers. I can still remember the sound of my new shoes tapping on the stones below the church steps when I made my way upstairs for mass. I sat in the back of the church for a quicker exit when mass was over.

Dinner was always around two. We had a ham which would later become the basis for pea soup, one of my favorites. We, of course, had mashed potatoes. I think we probably also had carrots, a sort of honoring of the day, and maybe some green beans. My father had his canned asparagus.

Unlike other holidays, we had no specific dessert for Easter. We ate sugar cookies we’d decorated, and I know there was more, but my memories of dessert are overshadowed by the chocolate rabbit and the rest of the candy in my Easter basket.

I used to out for Easter dinner with my friends, but that seems like a memory ago, someone’s else’s day. Today I will have Easter dinner at home. I am starting with crackers and cheese and roasted vegetables for appetizers. For dinner I am having pork tenderloin, potato cake with too many layers to count, seasoned carrots and green beans. Dessert will be cheesecake with chocolate sauce. I figure to eat around two. I’ll wear my Easter fascinator. Despite everything, some traditions last.

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10 Comments on ““‘Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees filled all the air with fragrance and with joy.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    Sunny but with a biting cold wind once again and tonight we might have a storm strength wind, I can hear it roar and it does actually reach the roof of my cottage but I hope it turns a bit more to the west and then I’ll just hear the roar 🙂

    I can’t say that we have any special easter desserts either. Well pancakes with either ice cream or jam and whipped cream. We don’t have Your thick ones and quite often add vanilla sugar to the batter so it is perfect as dessert 🙂

    Happy Easter!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I don’t like pancakes because they are too thick and I always feel as if I’m eating mush. Your pancakes sounder more appetizing and delicious!

      There is no wind, and it is now 51˚, much warmer than the early morning.

      Have a wonderful Easter.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Happy Easter! When we were kids my mother didn’t want us to feel deprived of a good time and gave us Easter baskets. They were filled with candy and the large chocolate rabbit. One year we even dyed hard boiled eggs. We celebrated the non religious portion of the holiday.

    Easter was the worst day of the year for my grandparents who came from Eastern Europe. In those days the Russian government, through the Russian Orthodox Church, would use the lie that the Jews killed Christ to support “Pogroms”. These were organized riots designed to burn, rape and pillage Jewish towns on Easter Sunday. Thankfully, the Roman Catholic Church renounced the lie that the Jews killed Christ at Vatican II in the early 1960s. Hint, it was the Romans all along.

    Today is cloudy but mild with a predicted high temperature of 72° when the sun emerges this afternoon. Enjoy your dinner, it sounds delicious.

    • Bob Says:

      Just found this article you and everyone else might enjoy about the origins of Easter traditions.

      https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/94189/origins-11-easter-traditions

      • katry Says:

        This is so interesting. I didn’t know most of it, but I did know the early Christians combined so called Pagan beliefs with Christian which I figure made conversions easier. Smart move! I saw it in action in Ghana.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Happy Passover!!

      Without the Easter baskets, this would just be a regular church Sunday, wearing new clothes I guess. Maybe we could call it a celebration of spring. I agree with your mother and your baskets. They are definitely a spring celebration with the colored eggs.

      Thanks for clearing up the confusion! I figured all along the Jews were innocent. I knew about Pogroms. I’m glad your grandparents found their way to safety.

      I am looking forward to dinner.

      Enjoy your warm Sunday!!

      • Bob Says:

        I’m also thankful that they immigrated to the United States in about 1905. My paternal grandfather had a brother who remained in Poland and most of his family were killed in the Holocaust. Two of his son’s survived. One son went AWOL from the Polish Army when Hitler invaded and made his way to China where he boarded a ship to Mexico where he settled. His brother spent the war in Auschwitz concentration camp. My grandfather found his name in a displaced persons list published in the Yiddish Newspaper after the war. He arraigned to bring his nephew to the United States in about 1949.

        My father told me that they had never seen a picture of their cousin and were concerned that they wouldn’t recognize him when he got off the boat. They had no problem because he looked like a spitting image of my grandfather. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        They immigrated early, but I suspect they knew being Jewish made their lives tenuous. It is amazing that two sons survived. That one son took the most arduous route from Poland to China then on from there. Your grandfather had to be amazed he found his nephew.

        It was good he looked like this uncle.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Happy Easter!
    It’s cold and cloudy here. We’ve already had some nice warm spring days so I won’t complain. The magnolia tree in my garden is already in full bloom and I hope the blossoms survive the cold.
    This morning I boiled some eggs for breakfast and colored them. A friend sent home-made chocolate cookies. Yeast braids may count as traditional Easter desert here, but it was never a tradition in my family and I don’t really like sweet bread anyway.
    I’m glad to read you wear your fascinator, have a great and tasty day!

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Thanks!! It stayed sunny but cold here all day. I did go out on the deck to fill the feeders. Henry raced around the yard. We were both glad to be outside.

      It sounds as if your Easter too was special. You had cookies and colored eggs, both perfect for Easter.

      Dinner was delicious!


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