30 Ways to Celebrate Easter Like Your Grandparents

Easter might symbolize new life, but we're looking back at how they celebrated the holiday in the good old days.

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This Easter, celebrate new life with a nostalgic nod to an earlier era. These classic Easter traditions will never go out of style—all the more reason to implement them at your Easter party. Here's how people did Easter in the good old days, complete with vintage Easter photos.

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Go to Church

After all, it is the reason for the season. Pictured are John F. and Jackie Kennedy at Easter mass with their kids Caroline and John in 1963. Others might recall Easter Vigils or Easter sunrise services.

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Play Music

Chances are, your gram and gramps were part of the choir or band for church services or the local Easter parade.

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Baptize Babies

Many Christian churches will hold a christening during services on Easter Sunday for an extra meaningful ritual. Bette Davis and William Grant Sherry baptized their daughter Barbara Davis Sherry, on Easter 1948.

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Wear Your Sunday Best

The whole family had to look sharp on Easter Sunday, especially if you went to church...

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...right down to the littlest members.

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Send Easter Lilies

The flowers are symbolic of the Easter season. Nowadays, you can order them potted, complete with a pretty stained-glass cross, from .

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Dye Easter Eggs

There's a reason we're still dyeing Easter eggs today: Our predecessors passed down the fun activity at Eastertime. Just look at actress Harriet Hilliard Nelson of the TV show Ozzie and Harriet helping her sons (future singer Ricky Nelson and future director David Nelson) in this old photograph.

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Give Chocolate Eggs

Some things (such as chocolate) never get old. These traditional Easter treats go way back to the 1800s.

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Wear an Easter Bonnet...

... with all the frills upon it! As the 1933 Irving Berlin song goes "You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade."

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...and Gloves

Like the ones modeled here by lovely ladies at New York's Easter parade on 5th Avenue in 1953.

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Pin On an Easter Corsage

Women would wear dress corsages on special occasions , typically given to them by their children or husbands. Here, Humphrey Bogart presents the floral accessory to Lauren Bacall (albeit not on Easter, in this instance!).

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Gather 'Round the Table...

Whether they hosted a casual brunch party or the traditional Easter dinner, our elders understood the importance of gathering around the table.

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...and the Piano

Instead of television, your grandparents probably turned to this instrument for more interactive entertainment.

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Watch a Classic

If you must watch something, make it a classic family film, like one of our favorite Easter movies, 1948's Easter Parade starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire.

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Serve the Classics

We're talking traditional Easter dishes like ham or lamb chops, deviled eggs, and carrots.

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Make Hot Cross Buns

Adorned with crosses as a religious reminder, the traditional Easter treat has been made and enjoyed on Good Friday or Easter Sunday for decades.

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Hunt for Easter Eggs

Again, some things never change. Here, the kids from the film series Our Gang celebrate outside.

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Play Old Easter Games

Easter hunts aren't the only games to play on Easter! Back in the day, your grandparents probably swapped Easter eggs for marbles, as the young English boys are doing here, or played "Tap the Egg." Also known as "egg-knocking" or "egg-tapping," the traditional Easter game involves tapping your hard-boiled egg against other players' in an attempt to break theirs but keep yours intact.

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Throw Your Own Egg Roll

The White House is known for its annual competition, but variations on the practice of egg rolling have been done around the world.

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Send Easter Cards

Greeting cards aren't solely for Christmas and Valentine's Day. People used to send sweet messages and blessings by way of Easter cards, too.

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Attend an Easter Parade

Plenty of towns still put on an annual Easter parade, and it's tons of fun for attendees old and young.

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Visit the Easter Bunny

…although ideally one that's not quite so scary.

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Open Easter Baskets

Your parents probably have memories of waking up with wonderment on Easter morning. That's thanks to Easter baskets (probably homemade) that a certain bunny filled with candy.

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Tap Into Your Roots

For example, the pysanka is the old Ukrainian tradition of adding ornate designs to eggs using beeswax. Meanwhile, those in Florence light fireworks, children in Finland dress up and beg for chocolate eggs, and people in Poland have playful water fights, to name just a few .

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Make an Easter Tree

Yes, are a thing. The Swedish women shown here are decorating theirs with feathers in 1961.

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Bake a Cake

This is the one non-negotiable Easter tradition. There should always be Easter cake. And if your grandma is anything like ours, her Easter dessert is usually in the shape of a lamb—thanks to the cake mold reserved for the special occasion.

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Read the Easter Story

Easter candy and hunts are nice, but earlier generations remembered to reflect on the Easter story in the Bible, too.

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Give Back

The long Easter weekend is a perfect time to show you care for your community. Take a cue from these Boy Scouts, who used the holiday as an opportunity to clear litter from the woods in 1981.

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Visit Those Who Have Passed

Jesus is said to have risen on Easter Sunday, so it's fitting that many make time to visit cemeteries on the special holiday.

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Hold Your Loved Ones Close

Above all, the thing our grandparents probably did better than anybody else is appreciate each other and savor the moment.

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