80s Food Week: Easter Edition USA

English: A milk chocolate Easter Bunny.
English: A milk chocolate Easter Bunny. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Egg hunting on Easter Morning probably 1983
Egg hunting on Easter Morning probably 1983
Let’s be honest, Easter in the 80s was pretty much like Easter in every other decade except perhaps for the amount of candy and junk available for the bunny to tote along and perhaps the loss of those pre-70s REALLY SCARY TO HELL Easter Bunnies mothers insisted scarring their children for life with for an Easter photo at the mall everyone would remember. The reason for the season hadn’t changed; people still piled in the car on Easter Sunday Best to go to church, stole candy from their brothers and sisters; hunted for their basket on Easter morning and dyed eggs with those PAAS kits. What the 80s could claim solely, however, was the Cadbury Easter Bunny (known as the “Clucking Bunny’) hopping onto screens everywhere to lay Cadbury Creme Eggs in 1982 (the Cadbury Creme Egg itself as we know it today debuted in 1971 but he bunny ads are only shown in North America- lucky us!). Cadbury Bunny Tryouts courtesy McGuireLindsey Decorating for Easter has always been a favourite pastime; getting those cheap plastic eggs strung up over the bushes, placing panoramic sugar eggs and crosses on the dining table just so, dying real eggs and buying pysanka eggs because who has time for that? I recall most houses getting those cheapo plastic blowup bunnies holding a carrot from Kmart and tying them to the porch or just to poles outside in the yard like some kind of warning that the Big Bunny better bring chocolate and none of those RainBlo eggs or else. Our own particular colouring tradition came from my Grampa J- he always dipped the last egg into all of the colour pots to make a nasty looking grey egg for some reason. I dunno but we still do it every year! Easter morning came and in our haste to get downstairs to find all the eggs *and* the basket *and* negotiate for more than one jellybean before church *and* whine that while dying the eggs was fun and finding the eggs was fun, nobody wants them for breakfast, we completely forgot to thank our mums and dads for the new bonnets and shoes and ties. Nobody ever head of getting toys instead of candy in baskets- if the Bunny didn’t leave you with at least 1 filling and a crown he’d better not come crawling back next year- the Tooth Fairy would take care of him by golly. My parents tried the ‘if you’re not good the Easter Bunny won’t come’ but I didn’t buy it. What did the Easter Bunny care if I was good or not? What did a basket full of sweets have to do with the resurrection of Our Lord? Jesus cared if I was good and He didn’t come around one night a year and hide our eggs. As long as I got my favourites it was all good- Cadbury Creme Egg, Reeces Egg, those little foiled Hershey eggs (not those cheap buggers where you could see the mould seam through the foil thanks), some jelly beans (no black or red, please), a few gumdrops, a panoramic sugar egg, a Palmer’s chocolate bunny, a Russel Stover coconut creme egg and a white chocolate cross. My mum was partial to those malted Robin Eggs and the little chocolate baskets with chocolate eggs (that one bought at an actual candy store and not through the checkout of Dollar General) and my dad was partial to those 1 lb chocolate eggs with the peanut butter filling and a sugar flower on top though he usually ended up getting something like a Pizza Hut juice glass. One year he got Grumpy Bear and I got Tenderheart Bear although he’ll argue to the death the Grumpy Bear glass was in my basket. Nice try pops. And I think I was the only kid in school who hated Peeps.
Easter eggs // Ostereier
Easter eggs // Ostereier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The particular draw about church at Easter was taking home a lily from the altar and showing off my new little purse with a clasp (extremely haute couture) that fit all of a golf pencil, string of mardi gras beads and possibly half of a mini New Testament. I didn’t always understand that portion of the Gospel and after I’d shown off my stuff and bragged about my Easter basket I was just trying to get home to it because frankly, Easter clothes itch and we didn’t have any of those Resurrection Rolls or cool crafts they have now to keep kids quiet during Sunday School because of course this is the most important holiday in the Christian year. And there was no getting out of Easter Service- my mother was the pianist and choir director. Then home to Easter Dinner (pick the palm cross from the Sunday before up off the floor and reaffix to the door after every guest walked in until dad took it down for the day).  Easter Dinner was a total letdown for kids. Unlike Hallowe’en where the last thing in your mouth before you and all the other kids went to bed was something right out of your booty bag, you had one whole day to go through eating stuff other than candy before another chance at getting said candy which was on display in the same room as all the other stuff you were expected to eat and be glad about because mum and gramma and whoever slaved all morning over a hot stove. Ham with pineapples and cherries, potatoes and corn and  beans, little peach bird nests with cream cheese ‘birds’- ugh, just turn the oven down so it doesn’t melt my chocolate! And some ultra lucky kids got to top the day off with a Baskin Robins Easter Bunny cake cos noBunny knows Easter like Baskin Robbins right? Except Cadbury. You betcha. What are some of your 80s Easter memories?  Favourite candies? Wierd places you found your Easter basket?  Cool stuff you did at church? Sources: Kitchen Daily Wikipedia
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Holiday TV lineup schedule 2013

Okay, the big guys have put out their Thanksgiving/ Christmas/ New Year’s Eve tv schedules so I’m attempting to get as many networks in one big 80s-friendly list as possible.  All times EST.  This list only includes shows/movies either made in the 80s or regularly shown during that period. For complete network lists go here for ABC family’s 25 days of Christmas, here for Hallmark, here for CBS.   November 24 (Sunday): Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (original) – TBS, 7:30pm   November 26 (Tuesday) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – CBS, 8pm   November 28 (Thursday): Macy’s 87th  Thanksgiving Day Parade – NBC, 9am CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade – CBS, 9am A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – ABC FAM, 8pm This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers – ABC FAM, 8:30pm   November 29 (Friday): Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (original) – ABC, 8pm   Dec 1 (Sunday):   Dec 2 (Monday): Mickey’s Christmas CarolABC FAM, 6:30pm Jack Frost (Bass / Rankin) – ABC FAM, 7pm Rudolph’s Shiny New Year courtesy allcommercials Dec 3 (Tuesday): Scrooged – ABC FAM, 8pm National Lampoon’s Christmas VacationABC FAM, 10pm   Dec 4 (Wednesday): Scrooged – ABC, 6pm Rockefeller Center Annual Christmas Tree Lighting – NBC, 7pm National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – ABC, 8pm   Dec 5 (Thursday): Rudolph’s Shiny New Year – ABC, 6pm A Very Brady Christmas – ABC FAM 12 midnight   Dec 6 (Friday): Frosty’s Winter Wonderland – ABC FAM, 6pm Frosty the Snowman – CBS, 8pm Prancer – ABC FAM, 12 midnight   Dec 7 (Saturday): Prancer – ABC, 10:30am Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (original) – ABC, 4:30pm Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer courtesy lugnutsoldcrap Dec 8 (Sunday): Jack Frost (Bass / Rankin) – ABC FAM, 7am Home Alone – AMC, 8pm, 10:30pm   Dec 9 (Monday): Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (original) – ABC FAM, 8pm Santa Clause is Comin to Town – ABC, 8pm The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the HatABC FAM, 10:30pm   Dec 10: (Tuesday): A Chipmunk Christmas – ABC FAM, 6pm Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (original) – ABC FAM, 6:30pm The Year Without a Santa ClausABC FAM, 9pm Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town – ABC FAM, 10pm 80s Christmas adverts courtesy AnnainCA Dec 11 (Wednesday): Smurfs Christmas Special – Boomerang, 2pm Cabbage Patch Kids Christmas Special – Boomerang, 2:30pm Christmas Comes to Pac-Land – Boomerang, 3pm National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – ABC FAM, 9pm   Dec 12 (Thursday): Tis the Season to be Smurfy – Boomerang, 8am,  7pm Smurfs Christmas Special – Boomerang, 8:30am, 7:30pm Jetson Christmas Carol – Boomerang, 9am,  8pm A Flintstone Family Christmas- Boomerang, 9:30am National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – ABC FAM, 7pm Scrooged – ABC FAM, 9pm   Dec 13 (Friday): Casper’s First Christmas – Boomerang, 9am, 8pm     Dec 14 (Saturday): Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day ABC FAM, 7am Winnie the Pooh – ABC FAM, 8am It’s a Wonderful Life – NBC, 9pm Disney’s The Little Mermaid – ABC FAM, 8pm, 9:45pm Frosty Returns – CBS, 9:30 Christmas ads Boston TV pt 1 courtesy MSTS1 Dec 15 (Sunday): Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper – Boomerang, 9:30am Mickey’s Christmas Carol – ABC FAM, 11:30am National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – ABC FAM, 8pm Scrooged – ABC FAM, 10pm ABC 80s Christmas promos courtesy The Museum of Classic Chicago Television Dec 16 (Monday): The Little Troll Prince – Boomerang, 8:30am, 7:30pm Cabbage Patch Kids’ Christmas Special – Boomerang, 9:30am, 8:30pm A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott) – AMC, 8pm, 10:30pm The Simpsons’ Christmas Special – FOX, 8pm National Lampoon’s Christmas Special – ABC FAM, 8pm   Dec 17  (Tuesday): Prancer – ABC FAM, 1pm A Flinstone Christmas – Boomerang, 2pm The Little Troll Prince – Boomerang, 3pm A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott) – AMC, 8pm, 10:30pm   Dec 18 (Wednesday): Tis the Season to be Smurfy – Boomerang, 2:30pm Mickey’s Christmas Carol – ABC FAM, 7:30pm A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott) – AMC, 8pm, 10:30pm   Dec 19 (Thursday): Yogi’s First Christmas – Boomerang, 8am, 7pm Mary Poppins – ABC FAM, 9am Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (original) – ABC FAM 8:30pm Christmas ads Boston TV pt 2 courtesy MSTS1 Dec 20 (Friday): Christmas Comes to Pac-Land – Boomerang, 8am,  7pm A Flintstone  Christmas – Boomerang, 8:30am,   7:30pm Frosty’s Winter Wonderland – ABC FAM, 5:30pm A Chipmunk Christmas – ABC FAM, 6pm Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (original) – ABC FAM 6:30pm National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – ABC FAM, 9pm   Dec 21 (Saturday): Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas DonkeyABC FAM, 7am The Little Drummer Boy – ABC FAM, 7:30am Pinocchio’s Christmas – ABC FAM, 8am The Little Troll Prince – Boomerang, 8am, 7pm The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus – ABC FAM, 9am Twas the Night Before Christmas – ABC FAM, 10am Rudolph’s Shiny New Year – ABC FAM, 10:30am Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July – ABC FAM, 11:30am The Year Without a Santa Claus – ABC FAM, 1:30pm Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town – ABC FAM, 2:30pm A Chipmunk Christmas – ABC FAM, 3:30pm National Lampon’s Christmas Vacation – ABC FAM, 4pm I want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown – ABC, 8pm Christmas ads Boston TV pt 3 courtesy MSTS1 Dec 22 (Sunday): The Year Without a Santa Claus – ABC FAM, 7am Cabbage Patch Kids Christmas Special- Boomerang, 8am,  7pm Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – ABC FAM, 8am Casper’s First Christmas – Boomerang, 8:30am,  7:30pm Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (original) – ABC FAM, 7pm, 9:30pm   Dec 23 (Monday): Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town –ABC FAM, 6pm The Year Without A Santa Claus – ABC FAM, 7pm Tis the Season to be Smurfy – Boomerang, 8:30am, 7:30pm Smurfs Christmas Special – Boomerang, 9am,  8pm A Jetson Christmas Carol – Boomerang, 9:30am, 8:30pm A Chipmunk Christmas- ABC, 8:30pm Scrooged – ABC FAM, 12 midnight   Dec 24 (Christmas Eve, Tuesday): Yogi’s First Christmas – Boomerang, 6am A Very Brady Christmas – ABC FAM, 7am Twas The Night Before Christmas – ABC FAM, 9am A Jetson Christmas Carol – Boomerang,  9:30am Casper’s First Christmas – Boomerang, 11am Scrooged – ABC FAM, 11am A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott) – AMC, 4pm It’s A Wonderful Life – TBS, 8pm showing 24 hours A Christmas Story – TBS, 8pm (24 hr showing) Dr.Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas – ABC, 8pm National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – ABC FAM, 12 midnight The Little Troll Prince courtesy ioiom63 25 December (Christmas, Wednesday): Frosty’s Winter Wonderland – ABC FAM, 7am The Year Without A Santa Claus – ABC FAM, 7:30am Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – ABC FAM, 8:30am Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade – ABC, 10AM Cabbage Patch Kids Christmas Special – Boomerang, 10:30am National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – ABC FAM, 1pm, 9pm Smurf’s Christmas Special – Boomerang, 1pm Tis the Season to be Smurfy – Boomerang, 1:30pm A Jetson Christmas Carol – Boomerang, 2pm Casper’s First Christmas – Boomerang, 2:30pm,  8pm Christmas Comes to Pac-Land – Boomerang, 3pm Yogi’s First Christmas – Boomerang, 4pm Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper – Boomerang, 6;30pm The Little Troll Prince – Boomerang, 11pm A Charlie Brown Christmas courtesy lugnutsoldcrap
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