Care to Share Any Family Holiday Must Do's?

  1. Well let's see.. tomorrow is Easter... that is the one we always celebrated....

    Growing up.. we had to have the easter basket, solid chocolate bunny, new easter outfit, and of course Church in a new bonnet! The usual coloring of easter eggs and easter egg hunt (which turned plastic egss with money inside when we got older).

    Then there is Passover... we did not get to celebrate that one...

    How does your family (or just you) celebrate this holiday season? Care to share?

    Happy Blessed Holiday!

  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   fergus51
    We used to just eat chocolate like pigs....Easter was always a pretty predictable family holiday for us actually....Oh, and the dog would always somehow manage to eat some of the chocolate egg wrappings and throw them up somewhere (just like tinsel at Xmas)....
  4. by   NRSKarenRN
    Tradition, Inc here.
    Here I am after fininshing setting up the Easter Bunny Stuff for
    16 1/2 + 13 yo sons after banishing to bed at 10:30PM. Hardboiled doz eggs 2 days ago and husband dyed tonight-- thinks we should start "new tradition" and let the kids do it next year---youngest is still baby at heart.

    Each year sons got an Eater memento---wind up toy or easter figurine which MUST be put out each year ONLY night before ala childhood. Always have 8oz choc coveed peanut butter eggs which I fecorate with name. all regular candy, PECTIN jelly beans. Marshmellow Peeps got tossed x 2 years, didn't get any last year and hell raised so resumed, LOL. Also decorate basket for parents. Needlepointed Easter rabbits, train and egg holders go on table too. Ceramic Easter figurines on the fireplace mantle.

    Breakfast will be kielbasi, meat pierogies; bacon and eggs for husband. Each year try baking different type Easter bread, this year made Italian Cuzzipi, baked with 13 yo.

    After church will cook ham, sweet potatoes veggies etc. then off to visit parents. Of course, its my Holiday to work: office Friday and Sat, thankfully cell phone Sunday for new homecare referrals.
  5. by   mario_ragucci
    Momma Mia - what on earth is Italian Cuzzipi? It must be some regional thing :-) Perhaps it is a special kind of Easter pie, made with fine ham and good cheeze. :-)
  6. by   aimeee
    When I was young there was always the annual Egg Hunt. They used the plastic eggs that came apart and they were hidden on the golf course. When you found your egg there was a number inside and you took it to the Dairy Queen and exchanged it for the corresponding treat.

    In this town we have an Egg Hunt, which isn't really a hunt, but more of a race. At the park they throw hundreds of solid colored wooden/plastic eggs over the ground in a roped off area. Each age group (there is a group for the adults too!) gets a chance to race out and gather up as many eggs as possible. All kids get a baggie with some candy and a prize (jump rope, frisbee, etc) and there are special prizes for the "magic egg", and 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th most eggs. There are also drawings for stuffed animals.

    Coloring eggs with the kids has been something I do each year but my daughter has always enjoyed it more than my son. This year she did it on her own when I was at work! I was kind of disappointed but I didn't tell her. We also do an egg hunt around the house, filling plastic eggs with candy. And do Easter baskets. This year Easter kind of snuck up on me and yesterday I realized I didn't have anything to put in the Easter basket. Yikes! Hubby will sneak out while the kids and I are at church. I'll make a nice dinner this afternoon, but the menu varies from year to year.

    Here is an Easter greeting I made for all of you! (Yes, that's MY dog!)

    Happy Easter!
  7. by   nightingale
    Such lovely traditions.....

    Karen and Easter Inc.. oh yeah... would you mind sharing that recipe for the bread sometime... is sounds unique....

    Aimee... loved the card... it is so typical you... so sweet...

    We boiled eggs to color later on today.... up early for early services to beat the crowd.... We cooked our ham yesterday to have more time to play today.... I made biscuits for the first time yesterday in years (from scratch)...

    I mix up the events of the day when the kids are with their Dad (and not with me/us)... I do not have my kids this year so am a bit less traditional (but I miss it).. am making my own traditions sans children.... After Church we will make a big breakfast, color eggs, then off to the nursery to get pansies.... hoping they will do well here in Cheyenne......

  8. by   live4today
    when my children were small, we colored eggs, had egg hunts, went to church service, children all dressed nice and pretty, then spent easter dinner with in-laws.

    as a child, mother dressed all girls alike - same dress - while only brother got to be "original". father never participated in anything church related, so mother took us to church with her, had egg hunt at church, dinner at church or at gramma's house, colored eggs at home, and called it a night.

    today, my children are all grown up and celebrating easter in their own way with their husbands and children. i miss being with them today, but we all live so far apart right now. hope that changes by next year (or sooner). so, today, hubby, our little doggie and i will celebrate together in our own family way. called my mom early this morning, chatted for a good while; will talk to my children after their church celebrations are over today. looking forward to receiving photos of the grandchildren all dressed up in their easter best!

    christ the lord is risen! he is risen indeed!

    zee end!!! :kiss
  9. by   micro
    memories, like the moments of our lives.....basic water color memories of the Way We Were

    easter, I am working.....

    boy ouchee...have I done those black patent leather shoes...and the easter dresses and yes even very young...the easter hat...

    sharing a thought...Easter is indeed cool.....spring, hope, resurrection, new life.....

    lol all,
  10. by   NRSKarenRN
    from phila. inquirer-has picture:

    this is a sweet yeast bread with hardboiled egg in the middle. i started in thursday evening and finished baking after work saturday...made the four "small loaves" came out the size of 10" dinner plate! enjoy

    nana's easter breads (cuzzupi)

    makes 2 large or 4 small wreaths (recipe may be doubled)
    2 packets active dry yeast
    1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
    10 to 12 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, divided (see note), plus some to dust the kneading surface
    1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    12 to 14 large eggs, divided
    1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus some to grease the bowl
    1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    1 egg yolk mixed with 1 table spoon water, for the glaze
    nonstick cooking spray

    1. dissolve the yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1 cup warm (110-degree) water. let stand until bubbly, about 5 minutes.

    2. meanwhile, in a large bowl stir together 10 cups of the flour, the remaining sugar, the cinnamon and salt.

    3. in a small bowl, mix 8 of the eggs, the 1/4 cup oil, and the butter. add the yeast mixture, stirring until just blended.

    4. pour the wet ingredients over the dry ones. beat by hand, or with an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, until blended. (as the dough begins to stiffen, replace the paddle with the dough hook.) if needed, beat in some of the remaining 2 cups flour to make a fairly stiff dough. knead until smooth and glossy, about 15 minutes in the mixer or 20 minutes by hand on a lightly floured surface.

    5. place the dough in a very large oiled bowl or pot. cover with plastic wrap and a towel. let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled, about 4 hours or overnight. press dough down to release the air and let it rest for 20 minutes.

    6. on a lightly floured surface, pull off pieces of dough and gently roll them into ropes: if making large wreaths, roll 4 long (18-inch-by-2-inch) ropes and 12 shorter ones (4-inch-by-1/4-inch). if making small wreaths, roll 8 (12-inch-by-2-inch) ropes, plus 8 shorter ones (4-inch-by-1/4-inch).

    7. to make each wreath, place 2 long ropes side by side and twist them together. dab the ends with a bit of egg glaze and join them to form a circle. place the wreaths on cookie sheets that have been lightly coated with nonstick cooking spray.

    8. we like to set 3 hard-cooked eggs into each large wreath and 1 into the small wreaths. to do this, choose 3 spots on each large wreath, separate the twisted dough enough to nestle an egg inside, and insert egg. for small wreaths, place the egg in the center opening. flatten the remaining ropes slightly and place 2 of them in the form of a cross over each egg to hold it in place. brush the ropes with some egg glaze to seal them to the wreaths.

    9. cover with a towel. let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

    10. brush wreaths with remaining glaze. bake in a preheated 325-degree oven until browned and a knife inserted in the thickest part comes out clean, about 30 to 40 minutes.

    note: because this dough is very stiff, i recommend using all-purpose flour. bread flour has more protein and so requires more kneading to activate the gluten. on humid days, start with 8 to 10 cups flour.

    if you mix the dough on holy thursday, you can let it rise overnight twice (press it down once on friday) and bake on saturday. the extra rising will give the bread more flavor and a finer texture.

    per slice, based on 30 slices per large wreath: 126 calories, 4 grams protein, 22 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams sugar, 3 grams fat, 47 milligrams cholesterol, 33 milligrams sodium, 0.7 milligram fiber.


    p.s.: all time record 30 sec to find a doz eggs and youngest got the most!! glad this is all i need to worry about these days, it's worth the lost sleep, lol....they let me sleep in till 8:55am.

    friday nursing supervisor told me she was going into philladelphia to get 'real kielbasi' from polish store. i asked if she'd get me a lb. and also they had all kinds of pierogi at polska deli. few blocks away. she had chicken scratch address from another nurse. i pulled it up on mapquest, printed map and told her how to get there as my old homecare territory that i greatly miss. sure enough, she came through yesterday! sandy said she cooked hers friday eve it was so good, she won"t wait till next year, but will be down there again in one month. lol. kids devowered it all this morning!

    happy easter all!!
  11. by   nightingale

    Nice recipe... I have to admit.. I will probably go the easy route and fitgure out how to adapt to my dough setting on my bread machine....

    Are the hard boiled eggs for decoration? It sounds lovely.. thank you for sharing....

    Kielbasa.. mmmm it has been years for me... sounds delicious.... homemade sausage is rare in these parts.....

    Well.. all the stores that sell panises are closed today.. oh well next time... I am glad the store workers are home with their families. K-Mart is open, but they do not have panises in stock yet.... maybe they know something about the weather I do not.. tehee...

    Have a great holiday all....:kiss

  12. by   mario_ragucci
    Okay, thanks Karen. I have seen this before, just that no one had a name for just appeared around this time of year. Thank you for the information.....manga !

    You also put in the nutrient values. That is so cool. However, a REAL Italian American don't think about that stuff much (wink)
  13. by   Q.
    Our tradition is, on Holy Saturday, placing all the food that you are going to prepare for Easter dinner in a basket and taking it to church for a small service called "Easter blessing." There is a small prayer ceremony and the priest walks down the isle and blesses your basket with holy water. It is very nice and I have been doing it since I was a kid.

    We always have lamb butter and the Cuzzupi as well. We typically have some non-traditional meal like spedini and pasta, or arancini (rice balls). We like to eat rich! We also typically go out to brunch for Palm Sunday.
  14. by   kids
    I some times think Easter is my favorite holiday...

    When the kids were little everyone got new clothes, the spiffy little suits and the frilly dress becoming their one 'best outfit' for the year. On Saturday I would boil the eggs and in the evening the kids and I would color them. Sunday morning we went to Church, on holidays our Church breaks with the tradition of sending the kids off to Sunday school and keeps everyone together in the sancuary, the days message presented in a way that each member of the family can take something away from it. We always left before the festivities to go to a family gathering for a huge mid-day potluck meal and celebration. The kids Easter baskets would be at home when we returned having 'magicaly appeared.

    For the last 5 years we have started new traditions. I still do the eggs on Saturday but even the baby (17) looses interest in coloring them mid way through the needed 5 dozen (1/2 of them peeled for deviled eggs). I start all of my cakes, pies and potato salad. I still get a new dress and hat, hubby an new shirt and tie and the kids whatever it is they need new for the day. Hubby and I go to early services (taking my Mom), the kids either go with us or attend services with their significant others. The Easter baskets appear while we are gone. After Church we go home and I finish up filling the pies any other cooking. Around 2 everyone starts showing kids and their SO's, Mom, brother, sister and her SO, her kids and spouses and kids, and anyone else who wanders in. Dinner is cold buffet, served up in the dinining room and usually eatten outside at picnic tables...several kinds of sliced meat, cheese and rolls, potato and green salad, deviled eggs, olives (3 kinds), pickles (5 kinds), fruit salad, pies (lemon, chocolate and banana cream, marion blackberry, apple) and cakes (BTSC, carrot and german chocolate), punch and coffee.

    This year is really weird...We rescheduled the meal and gathering for next Sunday due to Mom's chemo schedule and to make it easier for some of the extended family. The kids have all gone camping and wont be home until Tuesday (I plan to get their basket stuff on clearance tomorrow). So, hubby and I slept in, went to a later service, went out for lunch and are now lounging. The weather is looking like rain so I am glad the 30 or so people aren't coming until next week!