Written by Riezl Baker
Easter is one my favorite holidays for many reasons. It signals the beginning of Spring and brings the hope of a bright and warmer weather. Flowers bloom and colors cover the horizon. Easter also signals a time of reconnecting with family and friends through traditions. As a child, I remember getting up early for sunrise mass, and in my Sunday best, anticipating what seemed like the biggest egg hunt ever. These days,I still look forward to the beautiful celebration of the Lord’s resurrection and the day’s festivities shared with our family and friends, with the setting of the sun as the day’s colorful grand finale. Several of my favorite friends share their Easter traditions:
“Unlike days past when mom fit all the girls in white patent shoes, Easter bonnets, and the boys in clean clothes with socks and shoes, Dave and I play golf on Easter Sunday. We have non-golfing friends who come for dinner or we go to one of the clubs. Of course on a sunny Easter day, the boat beckons us to the lake.” – Elaine Thillen,
“Our three boys, Matthew (11), Jordan (9) and Brandon (6) love the Easter Egg hunt at the Reynolds Commons. It is packed with kids from the community, as well as visiting grandchildren and families, and they have so much fun making new friends. We go to church on Easter morning, followed by brunch at one of the clubs. The Lake Club Easter brunch is fantastic and has become our favorite!” – Jennifer Vaughan
“We built our home in Reynolds while living in England and moved to the community full time in 2009. We are very active parishioners of the Catholic church and attend the early Easter service, followed by golf with the boys. The day ends with a delicious Prime Rib dinner that I prepare for the boys.”
“Denny and I first moved to Lake Oconee in 2015 with our three kids Taylor (17), Ty (15), and Trace (13). Easter has always been a special time for us to gather together with our church and family to celebrate Him. We moved from Northridge Christian Church in Milledgevile to Lakepoint Christian Church in Eatonton where it has become an Easter tradition to attend Easter service at the Rainey family’s farm, the Briarpatch.
After the service, we go to a large family gathering for an Easter egg hunt with four generations, play baseball, ride four wheelers, play with the farm chickens. As long as the weather allows, we end the night with a relaxing boat ride on Lake Oconee with our Fur-babies feeling grateful for all He has provided. “