Opinion: Let’s Bring Back the Happy American Easter Celebrations of Yore

Easter decoration
Neighbors enjoying Easter’s courtyard by author Linda Kraus.

Where did American Easter go?

Almost all religions and cultures have some form of spring celebration. The US has traditionally had spring planting and Easter egg hunting to celebrate the arrival of spring.

In my youth, Easter was to celebrate the beginning of spring and a week off from school! It was less about religion, but much more about the thought of goodness everywhere.

They all helped each other to fill spring gardens with blooming flowers for this special day. Family and friends all gathered in a park or beach during the day to celebrate this spring.

It did not matter where one was born or what one’s religious beliefs were. Most important was how many beautiful Easter eggs could be found. When all the eggs were found, the winner was announced. After the big announcement, there was great food to eat. It was a time of fun and a stomach full of great food.

In my diverse family, the Easter meal was about sweets. There were jellies and chocolate eggs for everyone. It was spring, so no one seemed to care if the delicacies were healthy or not.

Food and drink were available throughout the day. My Jewish aunt brought her delicious homemade hamantaschen cookies, which matched my delicious French Grandma’s delicious homemade pastries. Adults became more interested in my Protestant grandmother’s cold ice cubes. She was always very popular with everyone when she arrived, and she had a lot of help contributing to the picnic area.

Why do so few Americans seem to have so much fun in the spring? Older ones used to watch or play with their children while younger parents started playing soccer or baseball. It does not matter if you are a woman or a man. the main concern was to have enough people to play a good game. They were not all winners and it did not matter. What was important was just to be together, to have fun in the first days of warmth after a long winter sitting at home.

What happened to the American Easter traditions of goodness? Does anyone help their neighbors or elderly family members to plant flowers? Have you seen anyone in the park chasing Easter eggs or playing any kind of sport at a family reunion?

Did you know that only in America is there a tradition of eating roasted ham for Easter dinner? It’s because it was cheaper than lamb. Most American families no longer gather for a big ham dinner. They spend their day playing video games and perhaps watching the traditional White House Easter egg hunt. Web TV seems to have only a religious program.

Can America go back to some Easter traditions?

This year, my decision was that we have to start somewhere. I decided to contribute to the restoration of the American celebration of Easter.

Flowers and decorations were bought for my yard. My neighbors were invited to come and help with the decoration. Can our hard work bring a smile to a person? Can this act influence others to restore the American Easter tradition of kindness, friendliness, and happiness? We can only do our part… then wait to see if it will catch on!

Linda Kraus is a retired Southern California instructor and former Navy veteran who served abroad before completing her enlistment in San Diego. He won a bronze medal in poetry at the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.

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