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Traditions, Hunts and Pisankis!
Submitted By Anonymous
I grew up with Good Friday being a very solemn Holy Day. We were not allowed to watch TV or listen to the radio this day. In keeping with the Eastern European traditions, we made “pisankis,” Easter Eggs with intricate wax designs and baked “pascha, “ Easter Bread in the morning. I would then play on the piano every funeral sounding dirge I knew until I freaked myself out. In the evening, we would process in white dresses, in and around our church for hours of services. It is amazing the traditions in which my parents surrounded us.
Today the kids did the same morning drill with my mom while I worked. On my way home I drove by a mother and daughter giggling together and walking down the street and thought, “You know, I should have made sure I was there today with my kids baking bread and making pisankis like when they were little.
At dinner the kids had great stories of eggs blowing up in the microwave because grandmom thought she could get the wax off easier that way.
Of course, there is always room for creating new traditions. My mom and dad never had the pleasure of their 14 year old son’s band, practicing almost daily, in their house. A sound not soon forgotten!
Sunday, I will be back on the tradition track with our annual Easter Egg Hunt. The only difference of a hunt with small children than with teens is now the eggs are hidden further away and costs a lot more cash than candy. We laugh just as hard now as we did then to see them compete.
Traditions are so important. It is really how our children stay connected to us throughout their lives. I realize it's my duty as a mom to keep them up!
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