Happy Easter!

Wonderful Spring! Blossoms Bursting! Earth Greening! Smell the Vinegar? Today, I was thinking about the Easter times in my life. Oh, my, have things changed! Or have they?


Hummingbirds w/Pink House Flag

Home for me in my youth, as well as today, was in the South. For us, Easter was not a time of family gatherings even though numerous relatives lived in the same town or nearby. However, the anticipation of the arrival of the Easter Bunny who filled our Easter baskets was sooooo great! Often, the same baskets were used year after year, and carried to Easter Egg hunts during the week prior to Easter Sunday. But on the night before Easter, the baskets were cleaned, the green artificial grass was fluffed, and the containers were positioned in a certain place for the Bunny’s arrival.

Our surprises were most often simple candies, gum and such treats, pretty pencils, and some socks! Attending Easter Sunrise Services, outside of course, usually involved wearing a coat over our new Spring frock. It became known for the summer as our Easter dress. We then attended Sunday School and Church in our new attire which included an Easter bonnet of some sort and short white gloves. And black patent Mary Jane’s with lace trimmed socks were perfect to complete the outfit.

Easter with my own children brings different memories! I never see an Easter egg without almost smelling the vinegar! Dyeing the eggs when they were youngsters were wonderful times and special happenings. The process began with my purchase of an extra dozen or two of eggs, the required vinegar and the selection of the “egg dyeing kit” from the limited assortment. On the chosen day, the eggs were boiled –”oh, I hope they don’t crack!” and cooled. Four to six small glass bowls, the measuring cup and the unpackaged kit were placed on the counter and the fun began. Together, we gently placed one of the color tablets in each bowl and measured the vinegar over it, stirred, and our egg dye was ready. Carefully, each child or mom placed an egg in a selected bowl. One was done at a time, however, because the kit came with only one thin wire tool to use for turning and lifting the egg.

After preparing the basic colors, we began dipping some eggs twice to achieve new colors. And when very daring, we would hold and dip one egg half way into one color, dry, then dip the other half in a different color. The application of the simple transfers followed. Keeping the flat, thin paper smooth against the curved egg was a challenge as we patted ever so softly with a damp cloth.! No wrinkles or the design of bunnies or ducks or flowers would be ruined! And yes, many moments of hiding and hunting these eggs followed for the next few days!

Now, for months ahead, so many wonderful Easter decorations, candies, toys, games, and beautifully prepared baskets are available everywhere. I haven’t checked, but I wonder……….will today’s children “smell the vinegar” when they are adults and see an Easter egg?

Have a Wonderful Easter!

Betty Tate DeLorme

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South Carolina grandmother who loves to write, dance, and visit with friends and family.
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5 Responses to Happy Easter!

  1. Dianne says:

    Ah yes, the vinegar! Such memories! We had some great Easter Egg hunts. Hope to do the same for grandchildren some day.

  2. Nancy says:

    Oh, Betty, you made all those wonderful memories surface for me today and yes, I can smell the Vinegar. I could just see us going through the steps of dying our eggs and putting on the transfers. What a wonderful memory. I also remember those Easter Hats. It seems mine was always something like a wide headband with flowers all over it and the ends would pierce in our temples. Remember? Oh, and the starched crinolins were a must. Thank you for this post. It is wonderful.

  3. Deb says:

    Oh yes! How wonderful your memories are, Betty. I recall the smell of vinegar as well. And now that you mention it I still have a memory of that smell when I see colored eggs.

    One of my fondest Easter memories growing up was a white dress, hat, and little purse. And we would go to our Aunt’s house (we had so many cousins it was a major activity to coordinate I’m sure).

    Today my Easter is quieter. I love to attend a sunrise service and otherwise spend the day like an ordinary Sunday.

  4. Aysha says:

    Loved hearing about Easter celebrations then and now….Happy Easter

  5. shirley and tate says:

    Betty, your memories are so much like ours. I can also smell the vinegar. We also wrote on hot eggs to melt the crayon to have a spot that would not take the dye. Today Easter is so different from what it was 50+ years ago. Happy Easter

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