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Looking Back at the Easter Traditions Our Grandparents Celebrated Years Ago


Retro Vintage Easter Traditions

Recently I was reminiscing about the Easter's I spent as a child. It got me wondering about other Easter traditions from the past.

Here are seven old fashioned Easter celebrations from the years gone by.

Retro Easter Bonnet

Easter Bonnets

I remember at Easter time, children and adults alike put on their Sunday best and headed to church. One year, my Aunt sewed my sister and I special Easter outfits. Matching Easter dresses complete with the traditional Easter bonnet. I was thrilled, I never wore one before and was so excited to try it on and wear it on Easter Sunday.

Easter bonnets were a staple back in the day. In the 1940's and 1950's all sorts of unique bonnets and hats were worn to mass on Easter Sunday.

Mine however, being the 1970's, was more reminiscent of Holly Hobbie or Laura Ingalls.

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Easter Bonnet 1970s

Easter Bonnets Image from Vintag.es

Easter Bonnets Image from Etsy

Easter Hat Image from We Had Faces Then

Vintage Easter Bonnet Image from Pinterest

Chocolate Easter Bunny

Of course another Easter Tradition is the chocolate Easter bunny. It is rumored that the hollow chocolate Easter bunny gained popularity for dental reasons. According to a popular confectioner the solid version was likely to break a tooth biting into it.

This quote is from Country Living:

Easter Chocolate Bunny Image from Roger Wilkerson
Easter Chocolate Image from 2bp

Easter Chocolate Image from Pinterest

Easter Corsages

Another long lost Easter tradition is the Easter corsage. Men would purchase them for the lady in their life. Pining them on their mother or wife's fancy Easter dress or wrist. How sweet is that? Who wouldn't love to wear a beautiful corsage from the one they love.

This quote is from Pro Flowers:

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Easter Corsage Image from Country Living

Easter Corsage Image from stull17 on Flickr

Easter Corsage Image from Flickr

The Easter Feast

The Easter meal is a long honored tradition that still continues today. Families gather 'round the table and celebrate a variety of dishes. Ham being the most popular part of the Easter feast.

Catholics would usually give up certain sweets and treats for Lent and Easter would culminate in finally splurging on the things they had done without for 40 days.

Easter Dinner Image from Miss Retro A Go Go

Easter Pecan Pie Image from Pinterest

Retro Easter Cake Image from Pinterest

50s Recipe Hot Cross Buns Image from Pinterest

Seeing these recipes reminded me of one of my Birthday's as a child. One year it fell on Easter and my Mum made me a special Easter Bunny Cake. He was so cute with his fluffy coconut fur, licorice whiskers and gumdrop nose.

The recipe was featured in a cookbook distributed by Baker's Coconut.

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Esater Bunny Cake Image from Junkyard Clubhouse

The Easter Egg Hunt

No Easter celebration would be complete without the traditional Easter egg hunt. Every family has their own rules.

In our house there was one special decorated egg that was declared the grand prize if found. This was usually a five dollar bill and my parent's delighted in taking great care and ingenuity in hiding it. Often resorting to the "Your getting cold, warm or hot" clues to help us to find it.

One year I recall it was buried in a potted plant. It took us hours to find...clever.

These days most people use chocolate or plastic eggs for the hunt, which is a good idea for families that own pets. Hungry dogs, an endless supply of hard boiled eggs and a family get together aren't a good mix, trust me.

50s Easter Egg Hunt Image from Pinterest

50s Easter Egg Hunt Image from Shorpy

Retro Easter Egg Hunt Image from Pinterest
50s Easter Egg Hunting Dog Image from Birdhouse Books

Sugar Easter Eggs

One of my favorite items inside my Easter basket, besides the jelly belly jelly beans, was the sugar egg. I was fascinated by it's intricate design and detailed scene hiding inside. It sparked my imagination with it's playful dioramas.

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Vintage Sugar Egg Image from Etsy

Vintage Sugar Egg Image from Rubylane

And that wraps up my little walk down memory lane reminiscing about Easter back in the "good old days".

Hollywood Celebrities Dressed As Easter Bunnies

I will close this post out with a tradition that you wouldn't dare see politically correct Hollywood participating in nowadays. Back in the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's Hollywood actresses posed as the Easter bunny and did many promotional photos celebrating Easter.

Doris Day Dressed as Easter Bunny Image from We Heart Vintage

Jean Parker as Easter Bunny Image from Pinterest

Lynn Merrick as Easter Bunny from A Certain Cinema

Feel free to share your Easter memories in the comment section below. We'd love to go down memory lane with you.

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