Easter is right around the corner and this is a big time for family gatherings. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of the family celebrating Easter. The excitement would start on Saturday night, when we would dye our Easter eggs!

Being fortunate enough to be raised in a Christian home, we were always aware of the true meaning of Easter - the resurrection of  our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

My mother would always have us a new outfit and those patent leather Mary Jane shoes to wear to church on Easter Sunday. When church was over we usually would "shuck" those frilly, itchy, uncomfortable clothes and put our play clothes -- but not on Easter Sunday. We had to stay dressed so the grandparents could see us in our Easter frocks! (We secretly hated that part!) Once the grandparents got there and exclaimed how precious we looked, we would change and then it was time for the real fun -- the Easter Egg hunt!

I hope that my bother and sister aren't reading this, but our grandfather "Pop," would always show me where the eggs were hidden! I still love to dye Easter Eggs to this day. It reminds me of my awesome grandparents who are gone now, but the memories are here to stay! I have to say that I love celebrating the old school way!

Happy Easter!