Monday, April 14, 2014

Do you have any family traditions for Easter?

We do...for about the last 25+ years I have been meeting my Aunt Joyce and her family at my Mom and Dad's home in SE Michigan.  It started with our children ~ now we bring our grandchildren. To all of our family - Easter means a trip to Grandma Freeman's or Aunt June's! 

We always:
  • Dye eggs
  • Easter Egg hunt at the house
  • Easter Egg hunt at the local VFW
  • Huge Ham Dinner
  • Easter Bunny stops with gifts for all
  • Lots of laughs and fun times eating our way through the holiday
This year my granddaughter Isabella and I are taking the Amtrak train to the Easter Party.  This is a first for us. We have checked out the info on Amtrak and I must say we are excited!!! They have quite a lot to offer. We are not getting a sleeping cabin since our trip will only be about 4.5 hours. 


I purchased Coach seating. Since this is our 1st time on a train - I had no idea which seating to purchase. The coach seating looks very comfortable. I was happy with the pricing for the tickets.  I really do not think I could drive for the cost. With gas being almost $4.00 a gallon in my area - traveling by car is very expensive - plus add in tolls.



Isa and I really want to eat on the train.  If we eat dinner at Union Station we are having dessert on the trip. 

You have to admit this does look like a fun trip.  




Chicago Union Station  is our stop over location. Click HERE to read
amazing information about this historical site. On our way there we have about a 1.5 hour layover. During our layover we are planning on checking out the history of the building and checking out the restaurants and shops. On the way home we planned a 4 hour layover - we are heading to Michigan Avenue for a little shopping before heading home.


If you have a Easter tradition please share...



26 comments:

  1. I've taken the train a few times to both DC and NYC. Coach is just fine, but it's usually first come first serve for seating, so if you are not on there during one of the first stops, you may not be able to sit together.

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    1. Thanks for the info....we will make sure to get on the train right away when boarding begins. I am pretty sure in Chicago we are the 1st ones on the train.

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  2. An Easter egg hunt is really our only tradition, maybe we should start more.

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  3. We do a big Easter egg hunt every year!

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  4. We actually don't have any established Easter traditions. I remember the ones from when I was growing up, but this is only the second year away from our immediate/extended family in another state, and we're trying to come up with our own.

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  5. I always love going to train stations. Most of them have some good history and they always look quite lovely somehow. Some are dirty but there are definitely some really great ones.

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  6. Looks like it will be a fun trip! One of our Easter traditions is that we always do a treasure hunt for the kids to find their Easter baskets.

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  7. It's the usual egg hunt and family dinner at my house. We also have dying the eggs.

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  8. This sounds like fun! I have always loved traveling by train! Have a wonderful trip!

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  9. I love train trips - they bring back memories. My great Aunt loves to use the train as her first choice for travel. We do have plans for easter that are annual and some we try to change up ever year. This year we’re having dinner together as a family, and everyone is bringing whatever food they’ve been assigned, dressed to the 9’s. It’s gonna be fun!

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  10. Oh, I love taking the train. It's so relaxing and so much better than driving. Nothing better than family holiday traditions!

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  11. Our family tradition is just to have a large dinner at my in-laws house! We used to do egg hunts but the kids have mainly outgrown that now.

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  12. What a fun trip for you and your grandaughter! For Easter we do a lot of the same things: coloring eggs, egg hunts, and a bgi family dinner. Love Easter!
    ~Amanda

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  13. We have an annual Easter basket tradition, and egg coloring! We also have ham at either of our mom's homes.

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  14. My tradition is usually to dye eggs but I've been too busy to do it for a few years. I have lots of Easter egg dying kits in storage that are just begging to be used!

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  15. No major traditions here, but we do give garden-themed Easter baskets each year instead of candy.

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  16. Our family is Pentecostal so we celebrate Easter and Christ not the Easter bunny so we normally go to church and then have a celebration dinner at home.

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  17. Hey, I'm in Chicago! And our only tradition is hiding Easter eggs.

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  18. Looks like you are going to have a wonderful Easter with your granddaughter. I hope you will take lots of pictures and share with us. I can't compete with a train ride, my boys would be on cloud 9 if I did that. Hmm maybe it will be next year

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  19. We totally have traditions... it is a day that we all get together for an Easter Egg Hunt then come together for a FEAST! Love it

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  20. We always dye eggs and we are starting a new tradition of an Easter Egg hunt at my mother's house with all her grandkids!

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  21. Usually We Check Out Out Easter Baskets First Thing In The Morning & Then Go To Grandmas For A Easter Hunt & Dinner Then Head Home & Do Ours!

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  22. We used to always hunt eggs at my grandmother's. Now, my daughter is too old for that, so we don't have anything that we do now besides have a family dinner.

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  23. I have been thinking about taking the Amtrak train to visit a friend. Can't wait to hear how your trip goes.

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  24. We have taken the Amtrak a few times from upstate to NY city - what an amazing and long ride. The scenery is gorgeous!

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  25. We do an egg hunt with the kiddos every year!

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