Looking back at my childhood, Easter was a time for church services, Easter dinner and an Easter egg hunt in the front yard at my parents’ house. At Newtonia Baptist Church, Easter included an Easter Cantata, where the choir would sing songs with a message provided by the pastor. When church was over, we would go back to the house and wait for other family members to come in and have dinner – traditionally ham, mashed potatoes (my brother’s favorite), salad, rolls and dessert.

Looking back at my childhood, Easter was a time for church services, Easter dinner and an Easter egg hunt in the front yard at my parents’ house. At Newtonia Baptist Church, Easter included an Easter Cantata, where the choir would sing songs with a message provided by the pastor. When church was over, we would go back to the house and wait for other family members to come in and have dinner – traditionally ham, mashed potatoes (my brother’s favorite), salad, rolls and dessert.
Even prior to Easter, my parents would take Greg and I up to the Northpark Mall for photos with the Easter bunny.
Getting back to Easter, after the dishes were cleaned, my parents would have Greg and I go outside where Easter eggs colored in different pastel colors would be hidden throughout the yard. Now I must confess, one year there were some eggs hidden in a bush by the front yard. As I approached, something flew out toward me. Now keep in mind, I was really, really young – probably 4 or 5 – it the flying insects startled me and the only thing that I could say was “fly-de-gees.” My parents laughed the first time I said that and every year after that, I would not ever get under the bushes to get those eggs in the threat that those “fly-de-gees” would come after me.
If you have an opportunity, take the kids to Saturday's Easter Eggstravaganza at Morse Park North - at 1 p.m. - with community-wide Easter Egg Hunt for toddlers through age 13. Easter Bunny, Bouncy House, face painting, popcorn, snow cones, and more. This free event. is provided by Gospel Lighthouse Church in partnership with the City of Neosho Parks and Recreation.
Also, check out some of our local churches, I am sure they will either have a Easter sunrise service or Easter Cantata.
Have a safe Easter weekend.

Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor and writes a weekly column. He can be reached at thigdon@ neoshodailynews.com. Follow him on twitter at @toddghigdonNDN.