What Easter Was Like As A Kid Versus Right Now

Easter might not be a holiday that you look forward to all year long now, but that doesn’t mean it was always that way. Think about what Easter was like when you were a little kid: there were egg hunts that seemed so difficult (yet fun), baskets overloaded with the candy you were denied on a regular basis (and special candies, like chocolate eggs and marshmallow Peeps), and the magical Easter bunny to make everything more fun. Easter was the best when you were little!

 

But whether you’re in high school, college, or you’re a “real” adult, Easter is definitely different now. Gone is the excitement about the Easter bunny, since you know he’s not actually a thing. You can buy candy whenever you want, so a basket of it is cool, but it’s not, like, that cool. And egg hunts? Way too simple most of the time. You might be excited about Easter for some very different reasons now, and that’s to be expected. Here’s a breakdown of what Easter was like when you were a kid versus what it’s like now. Ah, to be young again. *sigh* 

1. The 40 days before Easter (AKA Lent): 

As a kid:

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You kind of dreaded Lent, but it was also weirdly exciting. Give up something you LOVED?! Not only did this turn into a competition, but it was also easier because no one really cared if you cheated.

Now:

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Who has time to give up something they love for 40 days?! Not you. You’re too busy juggling school/work/a social life/social media drama etc. to think about going without something that is probably necessary to your life. Pass.

 

2. Dyeing Easter eggs

As a kid:

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If you were anything like me, you mixed all of the colors and turned all of your eggs an unappetizing brownish-purple color. Who knew it wouldn’t come out like a beautiful rainbow?

Now:

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SO MUCH PRESSURE TO DO SOMETHING COOL. There are Pinterest tutorials up the wazoo for creating the most picture-perfect eggs. And you might as well give it a shot, because you know what beautiful Easter eggs are good for? Getting a lot of likes on Instagram.

 

3. Meeting the Easter Bunny

As a kid:

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The Easter Bunny brings candy. Hence, going to visit the Easter Bunny means you could get extra candy. Who needs Santa Claus and his toys when you can have the Easter Bunny and chocolate?

Now:

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Visiting an adult dressed up as an anthropomorphic bunny rabbit is creepy. (Personally, I found out at a very young age that the bunny that visited all the elementary school classrooms was actually my mom, and I think I’m still a little scarred by having to pretend otherwise in front of all of my friends.)

 

4. Waiting for the Easter Bunny

As a kid:

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Post up in front of your bedroom window and peer down the sidewalk waiting for that hopping fellow to bring you enough goodies to fill that awesome Easter basket waiting for you in the dining room.

Now:

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Your parents bought you a bag of mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Good night.

 

5. Going on an egg hunt

As a kid:

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Must. Get. The. Most. Eggs. You would search high, low, underneath, on top, in between. More eggs = more candy.

Now:

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Unless there are dollar bills inside those eggs, your little siblings can have them all.

 

6. Dressing in your Easter clothes

As a kid:

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You have to wear a dress with a collar? And a hair barrette? And sneakers aren’t okay? This is torture.

Now:

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Wow, you look really good in pastels. You should wear lace more often. Those nude heels look really classy, too. Can you dress like this all the time?

 

7. Eating Easter dinner

As a kid:

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Why in the world would you eat ham and vegetables when there are Reese’s Cups and Starbursts? No thank you.

Now:

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It could be good or bad. Either you get to take full advantage of the food someone else made (great!) or you have to slave away in the kitchen helping your mom prepare (ugh).

 

8. Realizing Lent is over

As a kid:

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YASSS time for whatever you gave up to be consumed in mass amounts!

Now:

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Oh… you totally forgot to give something up. Oops.

 

9. Eating your Easter candy

As a kid:

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There is no such thing as “moderation.”

Now:

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Eh, pretty much the same. “Moderation” means you balance out the chocolate candy with the fruity candy.

 

10. Putting Peeps in the microwave

As a kid:

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This didn’t happen when you were a kid, because your parents didn’t want to have to clean up the mess.

Now:

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Trust me, your parents still don’t want to clean up the mess. Do it right: keep the microwave on low power for a short time—they can expand for awhile before they totally explode, and then you can make Easter s’mores!

Which of these things about Easter do you miss the most? How do you spend the holiday? Tell us in the comments.

 

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  • Megan Torres

    I never did Lent as a kid lol, I mean we went to church during Lent but never gave anything up. My parents never made me but it was always an option, I just don’t think I ever tried it, and if I did I never stuck with it. Also dressing up for Easter isn’t fun for me, I hate pastels, I hate dresses, I hate high heels, I hate bows, I could go on, but should I even bother? I’ll probably literally go to the Easter sunday service in flannel and jeans. Anyway, good article, I could relate mostly, especially waiting up for the Easter bunny and egg hunts.. well honestly I wish I could be a kid again to do egg hunts again lol. And I never put peeps in the microwave, in fact I just found out they explode yesterday, and I still wouldn’t even be able to try it because I’m vegan and they have animal products. :/