Family Easter Egg Exchanging in the 1950s

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 29th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The exchanging of Easter Eggs was a special part of my 1950s childhood.

Not a Religious Family

Life was very different in the 1950s. I grew up in a family that didn't have a lot of money, but it did have a lot of love and fun. My parents had little interest in providing us with a religious upbringing, but they did make sure we enjoyed the Easter celebrations in other ways. Of course, there were the Easter Eggs, not delivered by the Easter Bunny - Easter comes during the New Zealand autumn so no bunnies around - but handed out one by one as a family event.
Others had their eggs on Easter Sunday, but not so in our house. We were impatient and received our booty on Good Friday morning.

One from Each Family Member

We all gathered together on our parents bed and exchanged eggs. There were five of us, Mum, Dad and three kids, and we each gave each other one egg, making it that we received a stash of four eggs each. These were expected to last all weekend and they sometimes did. The only eggs we ever exchanged were those with marshmallow inside, better still if they had an orange yolk.
When buying them you were never sure if the ones you purchased had a yolk or not, it was simply a matter of hoping.
The Easter Eggs were covered in colourful foil and when distributing, even though the content was the same, I spent a long time deciding who would receive each colour wrapping.

Saving the Wrapping Foil for Craft

From an early age we were taught how to carefully unwrap each egg and smooth out the foil, saving it for eventual craft activities at a later date. Sometimes that would happen later in the weekend. Most often the foil was carefully stored in a drawer until we decided to use it to decorate something we were makng. Quite often that wouldn't be until the following Easter, when we would make Easter cards.

Even as Adults

The giving of Easter Eggs on my parents part lasted long into our adult years, probably until my Mother died. Even when I was away from home I would always receive a pre Easter parcel, of just one Easter Egg.
I wish I could say I'd continued this family tradition, but I haven't. Things are so commercial now, with Eastr Eggs everywhere. They're no longer the special treat they once were.
But I have enjoyed my trip down memory lane as I write this, thinking back on my childhood Easters.

Other childhood memories from Val Mills:
A Penny Worth of Sweets - A Snippet of 1950s Life
The Girl Dressed in Red
Childhood Daisy Chains


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author avatar Carol Roach
30th Mar 2015 (#)

Easter Sunday we would dress in our new clothes. We always had chocolate and beautiful chocolate bunnies and eggs. I enjoyed Easter as a child

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author avatar Val Mills
30th Mar 2015 (#)

I think Easter was far more special for kids when we were young.

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