Thursday, April 5, 2012

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I love Easter.

For one, the Semana Santa party-ers got the right idea, 'cause they skip out of town as of Wednesday/Thursday - heading to the BEACH - and the culmination is on Friday, when Jesus announced, "It is finished!" and they wind down on Sunday to return home and back to work. So, they're already celebrating. *jealous*

When we lived in Sonora (Mexico!), we drove two hours to an isolated fishing village on the Gulfo de California. Electricity wasn't even missed as we set up camps all along the beach, which was suddenly jamb-packed with people from the cities. We ate fresh fish cooked in those deep fryers (OMG so good!!) and begged boat rides off the residents. There was a mud pit full of 4-wheelers, tons of soda for sale, carted out in coolers with ice (water not-so-much). Such a huge campout!

My sister's heading to a waterfall, being too far from any beaches... she can't believe my kids are in school this week. Me, neither!!

I grew up attending a Sunrise Service on Sunday, however, since traditional churches in the USA focus on Sunday... "He is risen", "He is risen, indeed!"  I remember being woken up before dawn (painful!) on that special Sunday, dressing in my new adorable outfit of pink or purple complete with new hat and gloves and joining the congregation out on the school field on icy cold bleachers to catch the sunrise and listen to the Pastor (or rather not, unfortunately. I was just trying to sit upright 'cause the grass was a long way down!) And then walking over to the church for community breakfast. Yum!  Scrambled eggs, of course, and pancakes - tons of 'em!!

Naturally there was an Easter Egg Hunt #1 up at the grandparents in the afternoon complete with a baked ham. (Ham?!) Every year I rec'd a new plush bunny resulting in a frightful collection over the years.  Since this event was primarily about real eggs, which we had decorated over the week... we also had an Easter Egg Hunt #2 at home involving the chocolate variety!!  :-D  Gotta have all that chocolate!!  I would save my stash, as a kid, 'til Halloween (when I could replenish it) making my parents jealous with sudden splurges of Cadbury cream eggs, my favorite.

Now we give this experience to our kids... hiding chocolate in the living room for them to find and then driving out to my parent's house, so they can hunt eggs we decorate on Friday or Saturday.  We even make them dress up some.  We don't do the sunrise service, however, or party at the beach. *sigh*

I do attempt my funky version of the Passover. 'Cause Jesus ate Passover and it has the greatest, richest history of all the celebrations dating back to the children of Israel fleeing Egypt in Genesis. Just the idea of having a meal where every food means something is bad to the bone!!  There's salt water for tears, bitter herbs for slavery, a bone for the sacrificial lamb (or chicken!), eggs for new beginnings... I love it.  I get confused every year and some years we're so hungry by the time I get it on the table, we skip the "what's this cracker for?" bits, defeating the purpose, but I still love it.  I'll blog about if I pull it together this year.

Of all the holidays, this one feels the most serious to me. Sometimes it's easier to focus on the cute bunnies and decorated eggs... but I always have moments where I pause and think about how Jesus felt this day back then. What a horrible week he experienced. When the thoughts hit me, cualquier moment, I go with it. Rather than shove it away, I *pause* or tear up or just whisper "thank you". 'Cause sometimes celebrating feels wrong, but there isn't really a better alternative, either. It's not like we should mope or get depressed, you know? But what a mulit-layered holiday. Which is why I love Easter.


(Pictures courtesy of Pinterest!)

For this giveaway, you totally know I want your thoughts on Easter!!!

Do you have great Easter memories?  


Which traditions do you like best 
or want to keep up? 
Or not?!  

For this International Giveaway, there is a unique prize:


 * new Markings lined Journal to record your memories so you have more to share!!  It has a magnetic closure & vine-y script embossing - and it's red.

 * a peacock feather from the next door neighbor's peacock. I did not harm any birds to get it for you, they shed their feathers every fall for us lowly humans. This one's the right size to use as a bookmark!

 * Pro+ Bic easy-rollin' black pen. The right pen is essential for inspiration!!

 * Easter chocolate!  (Amount of chocolate depends on shipping. The chocolate pictured may not survive 'til the end of the giveaway. Negotiations to commence with winner!!)




To enter to win, you must follow Colorimetry - Thx!!!! - must be at least 13 (or know someone who is). See all my rules on the About Me Page. I will choose the winner randomly sometime after the giveaway ends. Winner will have 48 hours (or so) to get back to me after I get around to contacting them.

I look forward to your answer to my awesome question, as always, and I hope to publish some of them (of course!) If you comment, you are consenting to being published unless you say otherwise!




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74 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for participating in this awesome giveaway hop. For me, Easter always was and still is a time to get all the family together - a bit like Christmas actually, just with better weather (hopefully). One of my favourite Easter memories is that after celebrating at home with my parents and siblings, we went to my grandparents. They live in the same town as we do, just like 20 minutes away. I was still very little when this happened and I didn't really believe in the easter bunny anymore, but we went on a walk all together and the weather was beautifully. And every now and then, my siblings or I found a some sweets all along the way. I KNEW that somehow my parents and grandparents must have put them there (I learend later that they carried a bag with them and just dropped the sweets whenever we didn't look), but I couldn't figure out how they did it. It was really magical - and I was excited because we found magical sweets and there was sun and I was with my family.

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    1. that is so seriously sweet!!! I love the magical feel of it... thx for sharing!

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  2. I don't have Easter traditions.... =/ Where I came from, the holy week is when people don't do much except do something religious. Here in the U.S., people go about their lives like nothing is going on.

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  3. The only traditions I have is that we all get up early to look in our easter baskets and my parents always go all out with the candy. Then, we go to Church! It's a good enough tradition for me! Thanks so much for this giveaway, I love journals! So I'm keeping my fingers crossed :)

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  4. When I was little my mom and dad would always hide the empty shell egg with a money inside in our garden, once we woke up, its time for the egg hunt!
    Sadly once my siblings and I grew up, my parents didn't continued the family tradition....too bad, I really enjoy that tradition, especially now that I needed the money. xD

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  5. I remember as a really little kid getting all dressed up in a new outfit complete with hat and gloves and going to church with my cousins. But with my own kids we had easter egg hunts and fun with decorating the easter eggs for the easter bunny to come and hide. Then my kids would rehide them after finding them. Luckily we never got sick because I swear that's all they did all day and then we would eat the warm eggs!!

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  6. The only tradition my family has is coloring eggs either the night before Easter or a couple days before. Then we always get up early to find our baskets filled with chocolate and presents. It may not be the kind of tradition other families have but it's what we like best! (And who can complain about too much chocolate?)

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  7. As a child, we went to church for Easter sunrise Service then drove to the grandparents for the big family dinner and egg/basket hunts. Now, we go to Easter Service and to Family Dinner at the in laws.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  8. I used to love dying Easter eggs but then I got sick from eating too many before a long car ride!! Now I still dye them but won't eat them :(

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    1. Lol - EW!! Too funny. Eggs have good & bad sides, both, for sure!!

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  9. My parents always hid our Easter baskets when we were kids, and then we'd have an Easter egg hunt with our cousins at our grandparent's house. Now we all get together on Easter Sunday and have a big dinner.

    Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Easter!

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  10. I like decorating eggs, that is a nice tradition. And eating chocolate, that´s also nice :D

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  11. Uff, I've had A LOT of different Easter experiences in my life.

    First: I lived most of my childhood in La Paz, BCS, Mexico(!!) & there the Eggs Hunt is not very popular. however, my aunt's family, like, the other side of her family, did it ALL the years, so we'd go at the house of my aunt's mother in law & had a HUGE chocolate bunny.

    Second: A couple of years ago -man, I STILL was in High School- my mom, brother & me went in a week-long vac from Tijuana to San Francisco, with my greataunt. It was awesome 'cause even though it wasn't the first time I was in the city, it WAS the first time I was there with my mom.
    I didn't do hunt, but watched my little nephew did his!

    Third -& last-: This week I got to be with both my parents & brother, so we hit the road -TODAY!- & went in a tour to La Ruta del Vino in El Valle de Guadalupe, which is in Baja California's peninsule. (You so SHOULD go!)
    There's this vineyard named L.A. Cetto -suposedly the hugest of the country- & I'd lie if I said I wasn't a little dizzy after the wine taste -I mean, I got crossed with 4 different kind of wines, the guide tour was dizzy...

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    1. Note: Being beside the cooler in a car trip is like being in the wrong side of the force!

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    2. Baja sounds amazing!!! I definitely SHOULD go!!!

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  12. *sigh* It's so sad, but I don't have any Easter memories. My family just doesn't celebrate this occasion, but I do wish we celebrate it, with all the bunnies and easter egg hunts and chocolates...

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. We don't really do anything for easter except give each other chocolate easter eggs. I think we should start celebating it as it's a fantastic celebration of spring.

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  14. The Easter Egg Hunt is my favorite tradition. So much fun.

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  15. I loved the eggs/candies hunt in the garden of the churh just after the celbration. The youngers one went first and after older but there was always enough for every one

    thanks you a lot ^^

    all the best and Happy Easter

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  16. When I was younger, we all gathered at my grandma's house for Easter dinner. Now that she's gone, we gather at my mother's house. But that's always after church. We like to dress up, but it doesn't seem like anyone does that anymore. The egg hunt is always before dinner.

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  17. I don't really remember much about Easter from my childhood. Too many head injuries, I guess. We don't celebrate it now due to my mother in law's religion. All I really do is enjoy all the bags of black jelly beans that are only available this time of year, the marshmallowy peeps, and chocolate....Lots and lots of chocolate.

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    1. ?! Head injuries?! & black jelly beans?!?!

      I'm not sure whether to laugh or apologize!!! I know what you mean about adjusting for in-law's. Relationships are important and that one's best dealt with carefully!! The abundance of chocolate is sooo nice, definitely!

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  18. I loved looking for easter eggs when I was little. We did it at home and also at my grandparents place. Now I usually go to my mom's place to watch my lil bro look for eggs but not this year so that's a little sad :(

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  19. the tradition that ill be keeping would be the fasting for 1 week starting palm sunday.

    Thanks for a great giveaway,
    riadeliza823(at)ymail(dot)com

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  20. easter sunday mass and seafood broil tradition - (Paul T / Pauline T…pls use emscout9 at hotmail dot com instead of gmail to contact me)

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  21. Telling my age here- When I was younger, mother dressed me from head to toe in frilly lacy dresses, gloves, hats, fancy shoes to go to church. I hated the frilly dresses:) We go to church now, don't dress so frilly, but nicely:) I love to see the little ones in their summer clothes hiding and finding eggs.

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  22. The only family tradition we have is going to church together, and then hanging out the whole day afterwards.

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  23. Yes, I do! Since I am a Pagan, once I was celebrating our version of Easter (Eostra) and we went to buy eggs for the ritual in a kind of bar (the only option =s sure the Goddess would have sense of humor and would understand lol) - and we asked for 4 eggs (to be painted), salt, wine and bread. Can u imagine the face of the man who was selling this to us, all dressed in black and back in the 90s? =] The best part was even the cops passing by when we were winking the elements and saying that I looked like that girl in the movie The Craft and that we should beware of the weirdoes, but that they would take care of that for us too =]

    Great ritual, though!

    And our drawings on the eggs were kind of ugly, but the water, the air, the elements, everything on the beach was so beautiful, oh, my goddess, how I miss leaving close to the beach =/ *nostalgia mode on*

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  24. Most importantly, going to Church with my family and getting together at my mom and dad's house for lunch. Secondly, Easter Egg Hunts!!!! Woohoo. I love hunting Easter eggs still, at 30 years old!
    Thanks for the unique giveaway! I like your offerings!

    Jaime

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  25. we don't have any easter tradition, only go to church :)

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  26. I used to love easter when I was younger. Me and my sister got a new dress and a easter egg each. My brother would get a new outfit as well and an egg. We would boil eggs and paint them and roll them down a hill near our house loved it!

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  27. I used to love dressing up, going to church, and then eating dinner (or lunch - I'm southern) with my family when I was little. Now we just do something really casual like going to the beach. A major tradition of mine personally is avoiding the dying of the eggs whenever. I have no idea why, but I have detested it for as long as I can remember. Weird, huh? :-)

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  28. My family always gets together to cook and eat and tha is something I intend to do with my own family as well.

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  29. Going to church on Good Friday and Easter. Grandma always bought me a new dress, bonnet and white gloves for Easter Sunday. Really don't have any traditions we follow.

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  30. In fact, the oly Easter tradition my family has is painting egs .) :) But I love Easters anyway!

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  31. My family tradition is having easter dinner with the whole family. I love spending time with my family, we have egg hunts for the kids. A new one I started with my daughters was that we must read the bible, know and discuss what easter is really about and then they can have their easter baskets.

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  32. I love the egg hunt! I think that is my favorite part because as a kid I use to love running around trying to find more than my brother or sister. Now as an adult I love hiding them for my own kids and watching them run around trying to find the most!

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  33. Growing up, Easter was always celebrated in a very secular way in our house. We were taught there was a God, but we never attended church. There are plenty of decent childhood memories revolving around cute dresses and chocolate, but nothing really stands out. Easter has always been my favorite holiday for as far back as I can remember. When I was younger, I thought it was because I was addicted to candy and liked pink. As I've grown older and wiser, I've come to realize it had nothing to do with sugar or color. All along, it had been God speaking to my heart.

    Now, I am 37 years old with an amazing husband and have a beautiful six year old daughter. Each year the Easter Bunny brings her a basket full of treats and hides eggs around the house for her. This year, the Easter Bunny also wrote her a letter thanking her for being such a good girl. He explained that though he loves bringing goodies to all the boys and girls, it's very important to remember that Easter isn't about treats, it's about Jesus and the Resurrection... and that when she went to church later that morning, she should remember to thank God for that miracle.

    As a mom, it is my sincerest hope that her Easter memories are not purely secular. If I can accomplish that, I shall be a happy woman indeed.

    Tracy Awalt Juliano

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  34. Me and my family celebrate greek Easter and we eat lamb and stuff!! so good!!!

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  35. I don't really have any Easter memories. But I liked the egg hunting when I was a child :)

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  36. The only great Easter memory that I recall is rolling eggs with my sister, because that was very fun, and when I have kids I'd like to continue that tradition.

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  37. I don't really have any Easter memories. When my sister was younger though she didn't believe in the Easter bunny so I made up this HUGE lie about how I saw him and blah blah, she told all her friends about it and believed in the Easter Bunny until she was like 13, even after she had found out Santa isn't real. It was actually pretty funny.

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  38. I don't have any Easter Memories, no WAIT!
    We used to boil eggs and then decorate them with crayons and paint t'was fun... nowadats I usually just spend Easter with my family and go to mass and stuff :)

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  39. we usually just have a nice family dinner

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  40. When I was a kid (ages ago) my mom used to take me to the park for Easter. We would spend the whole day eating, playing, just hanging out.

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  41. I loved egg hunting when I was a kid, and egg painting is still fun. :) And I love eating chocolate eggs that are filled with cream. Yum~

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  42. We still do the same tradition as I did growing up: dye eggs and find them the next morning along with plastic eggs, a basket, and a gift or two.

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  43. For Easter the family gets together and hide plastic eggs with candy for the kids and plastic eggs with money for adults. We record the adults looking for the eggs and watch video later together and laugh about it. The adults get really competitive on who can find the most money. Thanks for giveaway!
    - Maritza R

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  44. My Easter memories are going to church and lunch out with my family. I like it to keep it that more personal and religious. I dont want to associate Easter with egg hunt and bunnies.

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  45. My best memories of the Easter holidays is that of having a braai (barcbecue) or picnic at the beach with my family. I'd like to keep that!

    Sarah Bibi Setar (Rafflecopter name)

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  46. JR Pickett (Vicki Vix on r/c form)Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 8:33:00 AM PDT

    I don't do "Easter". My sister generally does Easter Lunch/Dinner continuing a tradition started by my mum. Every few years I show up to eat just to make them happy. Thanks for the giveaway.
    fromfurrin at gmail dot com

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  47. I don't have kids, so I really don't do anything special for Easter. The last few years we have been going to my father-in-law's house for dinner. I did volunteer at a community Easter egg hunt and was in charge of dying eggs with the kids, and that was fun. I don't remember dying eggs as a kid, but that's probably because between me and my two destructive brothers, my Mom didn't trust us! Of, and of course I love the Easter service at church. To me it's more inspiring than Christmas.

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  48. Our traditions for Easter usually involve my mother cooking loads of food, and just the family getting together :) It's my favorite holiday!

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  49. we always had chocolate eggs, or bunnies , and my mother used to hide them between the plants,. it was fun and a nice time with my parents

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  50. We have a family tradition of a big family dinner and an Easter egg hunt for the kids. I hope we keep it up for as long as we can.

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  51. I like the tradition of sunrise service

    -Rachael Henzman

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  52. I LOVED coloring & finding Easter Eggs. This is the 1st year my son got to color Easter Eggs. Unfortunately my parents kind of suck because they had him do it while my husband & I were running a business errand but at least we have pics. So since he colored eggs with them I did the other favorite from my childhood & put some candy & money goodies in some plastic eggs & hid them for him to find. He thought he was rich when he got to put $3 in his piggy bank.

    Emily G.-D.

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  53. To be honest I'm not really a fan of Easter bunnies, chocolate eggs and hunts (yeah I'm weird). I prefer our own traditions like colouring the boiled eggs, then "fighting" with them (the one that doesn't crack wins), eating sweetbread. :D

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  54. I really enjoy coloring eggs with my mother and daughter. Even as she gets older, she still loves to color eggs! I love it!

    Shannon M Gallagher on rafflecopter

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  55. My favorite thing about Easter was that we didn't have the plastic eggs, but instead searched for small chocolate eggs left all over the place, between books on the shelves and in corners of furniture. Sometimes we would find candy weeks or months later. One time I found candy years after we had stopped having hunts. Of course I didn't eat it, but I thought it was so cool to finally find that candy that no one else had ever found. I carry that on as best as can with my kids.
    shlamoof@mail.com

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  56. Most of my memories revolve around trying to find all of my hidden eggs..it always seemed that I would have one that was really hard to find!

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  57. I really enjoy baking for easter its one of my best memories

    krystlekouture at yahoo dot com

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  58. I loved flying our kites! My daughter flew her first one this year.

    lanalbradstream(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  59. We're not Christian but didn't want to miss out so my mom would hide candy for us to find. Sometimes we would decorate eggs. And, every year, we would watch The Ten Commandments.

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  60. My family usually goes to church, spends Easter lunch or dinner with the entire Clan, and also participate in an Easter Egg hunt, which was a blast for the kids this year.

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  61. My family would always have a big egg hunt we filled plastic eggs with money and candy. My brother and I would sit on the stairs to try and hear where they hid the eggs!

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