Easter, Alaska Style

Easter is one of the most meaningful days of the year, made better if you’re surrounded by family and tradition.

This year, I got together Easter baskets for Piper, Trig, and Tripp. Then Willow, my mom and I played the “Easter bunny” in the morning and gave them their baskets full of tin foil covered candy. It was so fun to see the kids’ wide-eyed expression as they sorted through the fake green grass to find the goodies!  Then, after they’re on a sugar high from all the chocolate, we went to church.  The kids wore their brightly colored new clothes, we sang songs about Christ’s resurrection, and then we headed to my grandma and grandpa’s.

That’s where our entire family met up for the big Easter egg hunt.  My grandpa took this annual hunt seriously, as he always does. Because he hid money in them, he really made them work… he hid the eggs in ditches, in trees, in clumps of grass, on the outside wall of his shed, and around that 14 foot tall stack of elk antlers in his yard!

Instead of putting the eggs in the middle of a stretch of the yard, to make it easier for Tripp and Trig, he hid them so well that we seriously couldn’t even see a single egg with the naked eye. It took all my cousins hours to find the eggs, and they ended up finding faded eggs from the year before.  (We had to make sure they didn’t pop those in their mouths!)

It was insane, and I’m sure my grandpa spent weeks preparing. (Any wonder where my mom gets her competitive spirit?)  What are your Easter traditions?

However you celebrated, I hope it was surrounded by people you love.

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  • Virginia Revord

    That is so awesome, I just love to read things about your family,so down to earth.

  • http://facebook Brenda Manning

    I do admire your mother and your entire family. Stay strong!

  • Debra Ackley

    What a lovely essay on your blessed days events. Thank you for sharing it and the picture!! LOL~ grandpa needs to leave a tiny bit of each egg showing <3


  • http://facebook Brenda Manning

    You and your family are strong . Your mother is a tower of strength .

  • Lisa T.

    Your little boy is darling! :)

  • Lori

    I loved watching your family on Sarah Palin’s Alaska. Sadly my family did not have many family traditions. My Husband and I are trying to change this. Our main focus merely to get our family together. We are taking baby steps, but appreciate the example your family has shared with the world. I know it must not be easy to live your life in a fish bowl but thank you. Blessings to you and your family.

  • Wilma Darnell


    Thank you so kindly for sharing this marvelous tradition for your family – the Easter Baskets, the Egg Hunt, dressing up, and going to church together and singing hymns about out Risen Lord! The Easter Egg Hunt prepared by your grandfather sounds awesome! What a precious thing for him to do! It is quite obvious that you have a wonderful family heritage and I’m happy to see that you are passing this on down to your son. Again, thank you for sharing! Blessings to you and your family!


    Wilma Darnell

    Wilma Darnell

  • DebinNY

    I love how your family traditions ring so true to so many of us. We celebrate Easter the exact same way: baskets, sugar high, beautiful church service, family time with grandparents/aunts& uncles/cousins, hidden eggs with quarters and (gasp and cheers) some of them have dollar bills! lol I just love your family! :)

  • http://goolgechrome Peggy Shively

    Hi Bristol
    How are you and your family doing? good to hear from you your little boy is so cute and is growing fast.
    sorry to hear that you moves back to Alaska and that the people was so mean to you.

  • Justine Stewart

    Hi Bristol! Every year a few weeks before Easter my mom, sister, my husband, me, and our kids go to the Broadway Market in Buffalo NY. There we get our butter lamb, and chocolate treats for Easter. This tradition was started by my great grandma who has passed but I still want to keep the tradition going with my children as long as we’re in Buffalo and as long as they’re still open every year. Unfortunately, there is talk every year about closing the market due to the lack of people going and the decline in the neighborhood.