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Pete / April 9, 2004 11:29 AM

My family's were boringly traditional, but my mother-in-law has a great tradition. She hides plastic eggs with cash inside ($1's through $20's) around her house, and the grownups--not the kids--get to hunt for them. My haul last year was well over a hundred bucks.

Ramsin / April 9, 2004 12:01 PM

Assyrians, and Greek Orthodox Christians, too, play a game where we "fight" with hard-boiled eggs. One person holds an egg, point up, in a fist, and the other holds another egg, point down, kind of like a pencil. Then the second person tries to break the first person's egg; whosever egg is stronger wins, and somebody else challenges them.

It's wacky!

Naz / April 9, 2004 12:07 PM

Damn, both of those sound like a lot of fun. The money is nice and the fighting, now that's cool.

Onid70 / April 9, 2004 12:11 PM

I am Greek Orthodox so Easter for me is church pretty much every day during holy week and a lot of food, drinks, singing and "egg fights" all day Easter Sunday (not an easter bunny in sight). Sometimes our Easter falls after the Easter in the western world (this year it is the same day) and my aunt thought this was the greatest thing. On years that our Easter was after everyone elses she would give all of the kids tons of candy but on years it was the same day she would give each of us a dollar. This was because she REALLY enjoyed those day after Easter candy sales.

Naz / April 9, 2004 12:18 PM

What is with the Easter Bunny anyway?

Wendy / April 9, 2004 12:38 PM

I wish my church had nice traditions like this.

emily / April 9, 2004 2:04 PM

My coworkers and I were just talking about where the Easter Bunny came from, and found this:

Andrew / April 9, 2004 2:07 PM

For a couple years, my brother and I set elaborate boobytraps for the Easter Bunny just inside our bedrooms. I can't remember what we used for bait, but I know we never caught the damn thing. Sigh.

Pete / April 9, 2004 2:23 PM

A church in Glassport, PA apparently has very strong feelings about the Easter Bunny.

Wendy / April 9, 2004 3:02 PM

Er, yeah, I think I read about that somewhere.

Kenan / April 9, 2004 3:10 PM

That's a great link. Thanks for that. Should I be laughing? Am I evil?

My friends and I once had an easter egg hunt with little plastic eggs, many of which had pot inside them. I think Jesus would approve. He was the mellow type, it seems.

amyc / April 9, 2004 4:41 PM

I'm an atheist. I'm just waiting for the Cadbury Mini-Eggs to go half-price.

A lex, x, x / April 9, 2004 5:20 PM

My husband and I are both recovering Catholics, but there is something about Easter that really touches me. I may not go to church or anything, but I like Jesus. He was an O.K. dude -- I dig many parts of his philosophy. So to "celebrate" Easter, I watch "The 10 Commandments" every year ('cause Charleton Heston is such a badass in that movie, and he makes out with Lily Munster), eat a shitload of Sweet Tart chicks and eggs and that's about it.

When I was kid, it was the usual stuff: we would go to Sunday mass, dye eggs, get new digs and eat brunch together.

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