Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Throwback Thursdays- Easter Reflections

Throwback Thursdays- Easter Reflections

Easter Week- Traditions Change

Easter chicksThis week is Easter Week and to many it means spring is here, it's a time for family and many will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. I have always loved this time of the year and what it represents. 

These are the traditions and rituals my family had back in the 50's and 60's at Easter time.

  • We went shopping for a new Easter outfit. For me that included a dress, shoes, gloves, purse and lacy socks or hose. I never wore a hat and am still not a hat person. 

  • The stores would have baby chicks and ducks and we got to pick our favorite color to take home. I liked the pink ones.

  • Mom would buy real eggs and hard boil them. We would dye and decorate them for the egg hunt on the Saturday before Easter.

  • We each had a designated Easter basket that would get filled with candy and marshmallow peeps. I never like those marshmallow, sugary peeps.

  • The day before my mom would bake and decorate an Easter cake. She was so creative and I remember egg-shaped cakes, bunny cakes and Easter basket designed cakes.

  • She would buy a ham and all the trimmings for a big dinner on Sunday.

  • Sunday morning we would all dress up and go to church and sit together and sing songs and listen to the Easter message. It was special.

  • We would have our pictures taken in our new outfits but couldn't wait to get undressed and into something comfortable.

  • The Easter dinner was fine and dandy with plenty to eat and the best meal of the week.
  • The rest of the day we ate our candy and eggs and complained how full we were.

Traditions Change and though I will go to a worship service, I will not have  a new outfit or cook a big meal. We will eat out and I will eat no candy, especially those marshmallow peeps. 


Happy Easter to Everyone!


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Comment balloon 24 commentsDebbie Reynolds • March 24 2016 06:54AM


Debbie those were excellent traditions to remember.  Coming from Portugal my parents did not do Easter Egg Hunts and other things that are done here in the US, but it was still a special time for us. 

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 3 years ago

We still do many of the things you mention and one of our farm supply stores always have their "Chicks Days" but you can not buy them if you live in town and you have to purchase a minimum of 12 Debbie Reynolds 

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) almost 3 years ago

Aloha Debbie, I'm not a fan of the peeps either but thanks for sharing your Easter traditions. I loved the white chocolate Easter bunnies, myself and we tended to get more toys than candy in our baskets. Have a Happy Easter!


Posted by Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i (HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 ) almost 3 years ago

We had similar traditions in our family too!  When my kids were little, I remember one memorable day shortly before Easter, when I took a daughter and a son to see the Easter bunny.  The outcome for my daughter wasn't as expected!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 3 years ago

Our Easter tradition was similar to yours. Only it was my grandmother that made the fine meal. I never liked Peeps, either. I still don't. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 3 years ago

Very similar to the Easters I remember. I did wear a hat, though. I don't like fresh peeps but I love stale ones. This year I plan to use them for decorating only.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 3 years ago

Debbie, I too have many of those same wonderful Easter memories!  Isn't it so nice to be able to look back on such warm, happy times?  I have tried to keep many of those same traditions and am passing them along to my grandchildren.  Happy Easter Debbie!

Posted by Faith LaRosse, Serving Berks, Chester & Montgomery Counties (Springer Realty Group) almost 3 years ago

We would decorate eggs on Saturday and if it was a nice Sunday morning, we'd hunt them outside too.  My Mom would try to get us all to Sunrise Service, but that never happened.  We went to Church on Sunday after we hunted out our eggs and baskets.  Then my Grandpa would come over and we had a delicious meal.  

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 3 years ago

I forgot that I too got white socks with lacy edges and gloves!  I always wanted a pair of red patent leather shoes... I never got them when I was a child.

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) almost 3 years ago

Debbie, those memories are so similar to mine. Mom got us all 11 kids new Easter outfits, worshipped together on Easter Sunday and had a great meal with lots of candy. Happy Easter!

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) almost 3 years ago

Family traditions and memories is what makes us yearn for those past days when we were young. Thanks for sharing Debbie Reynolds 

Posted by Ted Glover, ABR in Moultrie, Georgia 229-854-5422 (Alderman Classic Realty, LLC) almost 3 years ago

Debbie- my memories are similar to yours and I too don't like Peeps 

or hats!  I remember dying the eggs and the smell of the vinegar that we used in the dye.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 3 years ago


Nice rememberances, and I enjoy reading about your past.  Enjoy your Easter. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 3 years ago

I used to love to shop with my mom for my new Easter dress yearly.  Always something a bit more fancy

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 3 years ago

I enjoyed reading your post. Thank you for sharing. Have a good weekend.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 3 years ago

Hi Debbie - I remembered the colored Easter Eggs and having them hidden on Easter morning.  My sister got new clothes for Easter.  I really didn't care.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) almost 3 years ago

I have a lot of nice memories of Easter too...enjoy it this weekend

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) almost 3 years ago

Great reflections to share with us Debbie.  Thank you.  Mark

Posted by Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227 almost 3 years ago

Debbie, Those were the days … and I miss the so much … a time when I experienced a true sense of family.  My Mom would make us our dresses and the boys suits.  Mom was an incredible seamstress … likely out of need as we were so poor. Yet, she was highly skilled … even made wedding dresses.  

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 3 years ago

Debbie Reynolds - Your post really made a connection with me.  As Kathleen Daniels put it those were the days! : )

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) almost 3 years ago

All of those things sound like such wonderful traditions!  I hope that your weekend will be enjoyed my friend!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) almost 3 years ago

Thank you very much, Debbie, for sharing some of your fond memories of family Easter traditions. 

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 3 years ago

Thank you all for your comments. I hope everyone has a Happy Easter.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 3 years ago

Great reflections Debbie.

Happy Easter to you and yours my friend!!

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) almost 3 years ago