Yes, I am Jewish, but we always celebrated Christmas and Easter when I was growing up. We didn’t celebrate them in a religious way… we just took the fun parts and used them. We had a Christmas tree every year, with toys galore piled up underneath. We decorated the tree with ornaments and tinsel — the whole nine yards. I even saw Santa Claus one year after he was delivering our toys. I caught a little glimpse of his fat red behind as it left the den that housed our beautiful tree.
Easter was a candy fest for us. We didn’t “do” the egg dying part. We just did the delicious candy hunt. Our two acre yard in Great Neck felt like a park as we ran around searching for and collecting enough candy to fill a trick or treat bag. The Easter Bunny would hide his treats everywhere… under bushes, on windowsills, inside the cars in our garage. It was a veritable chocolate feast every year.
One year I was very sick and would not be able to hunt outside for my Easter candy. I was extremely upset, as this day was one of the highlights of my year. Not only was I sick, but I was going to miss out on all that delicious candy too.
My mother took me into the bathroom for a sponge bath. Apparently I was too sick to be immersed in water. A sponge bath would refresh me without causing me to plunge into the depths of higher fevers, maybe even hospitalization. I stood valiantly as she cleaned me off, feeling weak and very sad. Why did I have to be sick on Easter? Oh why, oh why?
When I came out of the bathroom dressed in a freshly washed and flowery nightgown I saw the gleam of metallic paper next to my tissue box. The Easter Bunny had visited my room during my sponge bath! I looked at the window and could have sworn I saw a little furry tail hopping out to the yard. There was candy everywhere! Under my pillows, in my drawers. I don’t think I had ever found so much candy myself in a single Easter.
I believed in the Tooth Fairy too, but I’ll save that story for another day.
Happy Easter everybody, especially little children around the world who are hunting for candy eggs.