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Easter traditions to enjoy with your family

Enjoy an Easter filled with family memories from start to finish
Enjoy an Easter filled with family memories from start to finish
Sandy Wallace

Easter is a favorite holiday in many families. Some families celebrate Easter with Easter egg hunts, baskets filled with candy and goodies and a big meal with the extended family.

Don your Easter bonnet and celebrate at New York's Easter Parade on April 20
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Christian families around the world celebrate the religious meaning of Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the tomb on Easter Sunday.

The date Easter is celebrated changes, but Easter is always celebrated on the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon, the first full moon on or after March 21. Easter 2014 will be April 20, according to

Many families incorporate the secular and religious themes into their celebration of Easter. Some families decorate indoors and outside with plastic eggs hanging from trees, an Easter flag on the house and baskets and bunnies on display inside.

Some families' celebrations begin with Easter Vigil Mass on the night before Easter or an Easter sunrise service at their church.

In other families, Easter morning begins by enjoying goody-filled Easter baskets and a hunt for Easter eggs, followed by Easter service and a brunch or dinner with grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Ham, turkey or roast beef may be on your Easter menu. As you boil Easter eggs for baskets, save some to make deviled eggs, a favorite Easter treat in many families.

At the White House, the 136th annual Easter Egg Roll. This year's theme is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” and more than 30,000 people will join in the fun.

Easter parades were once a tradition in nearly every town. The Easter parade in New York City is one of the most famous parades.

This year's Easter parade in New York will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Easter Sunday. The traditional parade kicks off at 49th Street near St. Patrick's Cathedral and marches up Fifth Avenue to 55th Street.

New Yorkers are enjoying a new Easter tradition with the Faberge Big Egg Hunt. More than 250 hand-crafted Faberge eggs have been hidden around the city.

Using a smartphone app is the easiest way to find the 2-foot-tall eggs. Participants have a chance to win expensive Faberge egg pendants.

The egg hunt, which started April 1, runs for three weeks. All of the eggs will be on display at Rockefeller Center from April 18 through April 25.

Many malls have been filled with Easter displays of bunnies and spring flowers since before Valentine's Day. The Easter Bunny is on hand in some locations for photo opportunities.

Easter is a time of joy for children and a time to make memories for families. Some families combine Easter and spring break with a road trip to the beach, Disneyland or another vacation destination.

However your family celebrates Easter, kids love the fun activities of Easter and learn their parents' values from how the holiday is observed in their homes.

Easter offers many opportunities to make family memories your children will enjoy now and remember when they become parents.

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